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Top 10 Careers Worth Studying For

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In a time where jobs are hard to come by, many students are beginning to wonder if higher education is even worth the expense. The job market isn’t like it used to be, and your basic liberal arts degree simply won’t get you a job. Employers are now requiring specialized skills for applicants to even be competitive.

However, there are few careers that require minimal to average levels of higher education that can provide college grads with the greatest likelihood of a career after school:

1. Nursing

Due to the aging baby boomer generation, the increase in need for healthcare professionals is only going to continue to grow, and nurses are becoming some of the more sought after healthcare professionals. Becoming a nurse does require a four-year degree, but the degree pays off with a much higher salary. Having a degree in Nursing also makes you a more likely candidate for a healthcare locums position which increase your probability of getting a full time position in the future.

2. Radiation Tech

Another healthcare profession that is growing in need is that of radiation technology. As a radiation tech, you will administer X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and CAT scans. You only need to complete a two-year program and pass a board test to be certified, and can expect a position with room for upward mobility and a starting salary around $45,000.

3. Web Development

As more and more individuals begin to rely on their web to fulfill their every need, the field of web development will only continue to grow. While 4 year degrees do offer more training, a 2 year program will generally get you a job. Web developers on average make about $50,000 starting, and can expect a long career.

4. Accountant

Due to the state of the economy, accountants are in high demand as both individuals and businesses seek every possible way to save money. In fact, accounting in one of only a handful of professions that are essentially considered recession proof, and CPAs average $75k or more a year.

5. Massage Therapist

In order to become a massage therapist, only a 1 year or 18 months of education is needed and individuals have the option of either working for a company or starting their own service.

6. Financial Adviser

For the same reasons that accounting has grown in demand, so has financial advising. More and more individuals are trying to adequately plan for retirement, putting financial advisers in high demand. Financial advisers, unlike financial planners, don’t have to undergo strenuous testing or education, and generally can take a course provided by their establishment in order to work.

7. Pharmacy Tech

A pharmacy tech is essentially a pharmacist’s assistant, and works alongside a pharmacist to fill prescriptions and complete clerical work. In order to become a pharmacy tech, students must complete a two year program and pass their boards.

8. Technical Writing

A technical writer is someone who writes the technical guides that go along with all of the gadgets and devices that we use. While technical writing can be done for any field ranging from chemistry to business, the growing use of tech will require greater manual creation. Unlike the other listed careers, technical writing doesn’t require education, however a 1 year program can help when obtaining employment.

9. Computer Software Engineer

Our reliance on computers and the devices associated with them will only continue to grow in the future, and computer software engineers will definitely be in high demand. Although a computer software engineer has to have at least a bachelors degree in computer science, they can expect a strong job outlook and a median salary of $90k.

Employers today are looking for particular skills that can fulfill specific positions, and having a specific skill set could be the determinant between employment and unemployment.

10. Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist is essentially a dentist’s assistant, and will work alongside patients to make sure they have healthy mouths. To become a dental hygienist, students must simply complete an associate’s program and achieve licensure. The field itself is only expected to continue to grow, and hygienists can expect a median salary of $66,500.

Employers today are looking for particular skills that can fulfill specific positions, and having a specific skill set could be the determinant between employment and unemployment. For those entering college, now has never been a better time to completely take control of your education, and get the skill set you need to succeed.

Alex Summers via edudemic

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