Fastest Growing Careers: IT Careers and Health Care Jobs
Kristina Cowan | Payscale
If you decide to pursue registered nursing jobs, there are several paths you can take:
• Study for an associate’s degree at a community college; typically two-three years;
• Pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university; about four years, depending on your educational background;
• Go for a diploma through a hospital-based program, generally three years.
Experts say community colleges are a smart choice for workers seeking a fast-track into a career, whether that means IT careers, health care jobs, nursing jobs or otherwise.
“They’re [community colleges] more oriented toward the workforce, they are serving adult learners coming back to school for a career-related reason,” says David Fischer, project director for workforce development and social policy at the Center for an Urban Future in New York.
Community colleges also offer flexible evening and weekend class schedules — a bonus for working adults juggling families and other responsibilities.
If you want to join one of the fastest growing careers, look no further than IT careers. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, 1 million computer and IT careers and IT related jobs are expected to be added to the U.S. workforce by 2014, but U.S. universities will only graduate enough candidates with computer science bachelor’s degrees to fill 50 percent of those IT careers.
What better incentive do career-changers need to opt-in to IT careers?
Some experts say a bachelor’s degree is the best bet for succeeding and advancing in IT careers — and there are fast-track options. According to spokesperson Dan Dement, all of DeVry University’s bachelor’s-degree offerings are fast-track; the degrees can be earned in as little as three years with year-round course scheduling.
Others say skills and tenacity are critical.
“Enthusiasm is the single biggest thing here. If you have an aptitude for technology and you like learning and exploring on your own, that’s the way to jump in,” Fischer explains. He suggests a good place to start could be with the IT department at your current employer, where you have an understanding of the content.