There are hundreds of exciting careers available to individuals with the proper training and education. Many of these can be obtained with less than four years of college. There are several reasons for considering one of these shorter term educational options. Some of them include:
- You have a special interest or talent that can be further developed through specialized training at schools dedicated to the field (culinary arts, cosmetology, massage therapy, etc.).
- You don’t have time to go to school full-time for 4 years or part-time for 8-10 years before increasing your earning potential.
- You wish to get started in your field of choice and then pursue additional levels of education or certification later or gradually over time as you are working in the field.
- Not knowing what your personal life and schedule may look like a few years down the road, you’d like to complete an educational program in the near term to make sure you are able to finish what you have begun and obtain a credential with value in the workplace (as opposed to having some coursework completed in an unfinished degree program).
New Futures has developed a Career Guide which describes many promising careers in detail, including the educational requirements and information about local schools which have programs in the field. We invite you to look through this guide to see if any of these careers interest you. You might be surprised to find out what you could be doing in just a short period of time!
This extensive guide can be scrolled online or printed as a reference document. Just click here: Career Guide 2011-2012
For more detailed information about a specific career, we recommend you also review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Ocupational Outlook Handbook, which offers more insights and details related to specific careers, including salary data. It now also also includes information about 100 careers in Spanish.
Just a few of the many careers you can learn about in the Career Guide include:
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Include helicopter and aircraft engine specialists. Excludes “Avionics Technician.”
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles
Computer Support Specialists
Provide technical assistance to computer system users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from remote location. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Exclude “Network and Computer Systems Administrators.”
Licensed Practical Nurses
Care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
Massage the soft tissue muscles of the body in order to improve circulation and remove waste products from the muscles, for medical benefit or relaxation purposes.
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the heath care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards.
Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants
Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties, such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens.
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
Physical Therapist Assistants
Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.
Registered Nurse (RN)
RNs are licensed professional nurses and have a rewarding career full of opportunities. To earn an RN license, you must pass a comprehensive nursing test called the NCLEX examination. To qualify for this exam, you have to complete a hospital diploma or an associate or bachelor’s degree approved by your state’s Board of Nursing. RNs can work with physicians, attorneys, and organizations like insurance companies and schools. They can also become independent consultants or assist in medical-related research areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor