Career Advancement

Going Back to School? Try These Career Paths

Career AdvancementJune 29, 2017

If you’re thinking about going back to school, now is a great time to do so! There are many rewarding careers that are in demand with fabulous job outlooks into the future. Below are just five careers paths to consider, whether you’re just beginning a career or are looking for a career change.

1) Medical Assisting

Medical Assistants work directly under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor or, sometimes a registered nurse, performing a combination of clinical and administrative duties that support a physician’s work. 

MAs work in a wide variety of environments, including hospitals, medical offices, and clinics. As life expectancies continue to increase, the need for skilled medical assistants is expected to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 23% growth in jobs in this field over the next several years.

2) Pharmacy Technology

Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists in all types of environments, including hospitals, clinics, retail pharmacies, wholesale pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

These professionals help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products, information, and education to patients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in this field will grow 9% over the next several years.

3) Expanded Functions Dental Assisting

EFDAs can perform all the duties of a dental assistant, in addition to certain advanced duties (specific duties will vary by state, the dental office employed in, and types of certification(s) attained). 

EFDAs can get certified in specific specialty areas, such as a certified preventive functions dental assistant, certified preventive orthodontic assistant, or certified restorative functions dental assistant. 

EFDAs earn higher salaries than dental assistants due to the additional training they receive.

4) Welding Technology

Although the job of a welder is complex and responsibilities are varied, in general, welders pick materials to join or cut, and arrange them in an appropriate configuration. Then they follow a specific design or blueprint to create the desired product. 

There are many career opportunities for those training in welding. Job possibilities for welders include working on bridges, buildings, pressure vessels, and heat exchangers, among many others. Opportunities are available across many exciting industries, including construction, engineering, automobile, and aerospace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates welding jobs will grow 4% over the next several years.

5) Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR)

The demand for highly skilled and knowledgeable HVAC professionals is on the rise. This is largely due to the introduction of computer-controlled HVAC systems that require increasingly advanced technology to control indoor climate conditions, production processes, and food preservation. Employers need reliable professionals that are well-versed with these new systems.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of HVAC and Refrigeration Technicians and Installers is expected to grow 14% over the next several years.