Monday, June 25, 2012

Career Jobs That do not Require a College Degree

The health care industry seems to just keep growing. People will always need healthcare, and as the baby boomers age, demand will only increase. Yes, doctors and nurses will be needed, but the top healthcare jobs that are growing do no require a degree. Or, in some cases, only require a two-year degree. If the healthcare field is something you would like to get into, but do not want to spend years in college, here are three such positions.

One of these is a health information technician and medical records. Many public community and career colleges offer these classes. You will probably need to earn a certificate, or go for a full two year degree in information technology in healthcare. If you would like a medical career, but do not necessarily like interacting with patients, this is the ideal job. You must be a person who is very organized and can keep track of details.
If you do like working with patients, consider becoming a medical assistant. Some of these jobs are like super secretaries. They can help run doctors offices from the front desk. You will be doing some paper work, like scheduling appointments. Getting the medical history of a patient is also withing your scope of practice. Some even do medical tasks, like vital signs and injections. Every medical office will have different requirements. A certificate in medical assisting from a career or community college is probably a must. You can earn a two year degree as well.
One of the biggest growing medical fields is in massage and physical therapy. More people are looking at alternative medical treatments and massage therapy is booming. Opportunities are opening up all over. You have to be good with your hands and work very well interacting with people. A massage therapists will probably need a certificate. Physical therapists, which are more involved in the medical field, will probably want to go for a bachelor's degree, but it is not required to be licensed. Check with your state on what it takes to become a licensed physical therapist.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Graduate degrees that are not worth it

After getting an undergrad degree, many students want to immediately go on the graduate school, or, a professional school. The thinking is you will get a better job with more money. But the cost of grad school on top of your previous student loans, make a mountain of student debt. Some graduate degrees just do not pay off. Here are a few to avoid.

Weather- A graduate degree in meteorology has little chance of paying off. It is true that if you are looking for a research position, then a graduate degree is necessary. But those jobs are few and far between, and are most likely at universities. For the normal meteorologist, there really is no pay difference between those with advanced degrees and those without.

Lawyer- You must go to a law school to be a lawyer. This is after you have completed undergrad work. The pool of spots for lawyers is shrinking. Upwards of 80% of the law degree students are still looking for a job in the field. Normally, your college of choice does not matter. But here it does. If you go to a well-known and well-respected law school, chances are you will get a job offer. But the majority of law schools are not one of those elite colleges. Those graduates have a very tough time. >> Read more on law school admission and tips.

Graduate Degree in Computer Science- Computers are hot. This field grows at leaps and bounds and will continue to. Computer people are needed. But a graduate degree? Not really. Very little difference in pay for those with just a bachelor's degree. How do computer science majors increase their pay? By getting experience by actually working. Those people are sought after.

Fine Arts-This one is a no-brainer. A Masters in Fine Arts is pretty useless. In fact, you will be upside down on a career versus student loans for a long time. If ever there was a graduate degree to avoid, this is it. The pay is lousy overall, and just getting a job is pretty tough. For those who have Fine Arts degrees, very little difference between advanced degrees and those without.

The bottom line is to research college degrees before you start college. And certainly you want to make the right decision on grad school. If not, you will be saddled with a huge amount of student debt, and not a salary that matches. >> Read more on graduate school admission tips and financial aid.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Companies hiring college graduates

Times are tough for college students. Jobs are scarce. But the job market is a little better than last year. Ten percent better for this year's college graduates than one year ago. Last year graduates are facing over fifty percent unemployment or under employment.

Here's a look at some companies hiring this year.

Americorps is hiring for public service in the education field. No, you don't get rich and it's a limited time job. But you can earn about $12,000 and get $5,500 in scholarship or student loans paid. Not bad. Plus, the experience may look good on a resume.

Enterprise Rent a Car They have hundreds of position in management training and others. A good foot in the door of a major company.

Aramark A food service company hiring in positions like quality control.

Kiewit Construction management company hiring positions like safety and engineering.

BAH Booz Allen A high tech company looking for computer majors. Cyber security is a hot field.

This is a short list, but has some of the biggest hirers. As a college grad, you need to start your job hunt somewhere, right?

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