Monday, December 5, 2011


10 Best Educational Paths in a Down Economy

No matter where you live or what you work as, it will always be affected by the economy.  Every industry has its up and downs, but did you know that there are certain careers and educational paths that can be prosperous even in a down economy?  Everything from technology to healthcare has its areas of expected growth.  To prove it, we have gathered just ten listed in no particular order.

  1. Computer Networking – Because just about every company needs to build and maintain a computer network, those who know how are always in demand.  In fact, the growth for these kinds of jobs has numbers up beyond the 50 percent mark.
  2. Nurses – As seniors continue to age and people still get sick no matter what the       economy, experienced healthcare professionals are always in need, and nurses are among the most sought after.  The best prospects are for those with an RN degree and the career itself is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next few years.
  3. College Teachers – With the rise of private colleges, online schools, and more students earning a degree than ever, the need for teachers is also increasing.  The most in demand are teachers in the post-secondary, or collegiate, level.  Best of all, you don’t necessarily need a degree in teaching, just an advanced degree in the subject you would like to teach and a teaching license in the state you wish to teach in.
  4. Mental Health Counselor – Taking the same cue as nurses, as people continue to have troubles in relationships, career, family, etc. they will continue to need mental health counselors.  The projected growth for this field is 30 percent.  A degree in mental health is needed, but those who do not issue prescriptions do not need medical degrees.
  5. Financial Analyst – Even if the market is down, the projected growth for this job is up.  A financial analyst helps businesses decide if a plan, action, or investment is going to be feasible and/or profitable.  The MBA is a popular degree for this career, but a degree in business, finance, or related area can work.
  6. Veterinary Medicine – Don’t forget about the health and care of our furry friends.  An education in veterinary medicine is also recession proof and is expected to grow at about 28 percent.  Degrees or programs can be completed in everything from veterinary technology to medicine.
  7. Physical Therapy – As advances are made in medicine, this is one of the faster growing fields.  Both physical therapists and physical therapy assistants will be needed to help patients with movement issues.  A master’s or associate’s degree in physical therapy is needed for this field.
  8. Dental Hygiene – In the olden days, the dentist did all the work themselves.  However, there are now dental assistants and hygienists who do lots of the work dentists do without the expensive dental medicine degree.  Many programs are suited just for dental hygienists and assistants.
  9. Pharmacy – As more and more prescriptions are issued, more professionals are needed to keep up with the demand.  This includes both traditional pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, and others.  The most common degrees for pharmacy assistants is an associate’s and the traditional pharmacist degree is still a graduate one.
  10. Makeup Artist – It used to be you just went to the salon to get your hair and nails done.  However, more and more salons are adding licensed and qualified makeup artists.  In fact, the expected growth is at 40 percent.  Completing a state approved licensing program is usually all that’s required.
Holly Kearny is the owner of the following amazing Educational website: BECOMING A TEACHER

Her site helps students find the right college to get a teaching degree.

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