Choose a career in a fast-growing field
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a simple question…when you’re five years old. Answers like, “astronaut,” “hockey player” and “movie star” may have been cute back then, but when you get a little older (or a lot older), the question bears a lot more weight. It’s your future, after all—40 hours a week for the next 45 years or more. Here we look at four popular career fields and highlight a few of the benefits each has to offer.
Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing industries in the US right now, and healthcare jobs are plentiful in every region. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that between 2006 and 2016, registered nursing jobs (RNs) will increase by 23%, licensed practical/vocational nursing jobs (LPNs) will grow by 14%, medical assistant positions will raise by 35% and pharmacy tech positions will be boosted by 32%.
In addition to really great job security, another benefit to jobs in the healthcare industry is the relatively short training period needed. An RN can get licensed after a two-year Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, while an LPN only needs to complete a one-year practical nursing program to be eligible to take the licensure exam. Nursing degree programs are easy to find on campus and online. Medical assistant education includes on-the-job training, certificate programs, associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees, depending on how much you want to learn and how quickly you want to start working. Pharmacy technicians aren’t required by any law to have a formal education, but many community colleges and medical training institutes offer certification programs, which make it easier for an aspiring pharm tech to land a job.