The Top Three Future Jobs in High Demand

March 2nd, 2017 by

Deciding what you want to major in can be tough. The job market is constantly changing and you want to know the career you decide to pursue will be in high demand when it’s time for you to enter the field. Next Step Academy is here to help with the three jobs that will be in high demand over the next five years.

imagesJava Developers. The internet continues to grow and dominates both our personal and professional lives, with no signs of slowing down. This means web designers and java developers are going to remain in high demand and that demand is only going to get higher. Web developers are responsible for developing programs for mobile devices and creating mainframes and websites.

Information Security Analyst. The increased reliance on technology and the internet also means security is going to be the defining characteristic of the decades to come. Information security analysts are going to play a crucial role in keep data safe from private hackers, competing companies and even other governments.

Financial Services. Perhaps the most surprising job on this list is financial services. As many companies begin to nix pension plans and social security is no longer a guarantee, people are choosing to manage their own finances. This means the demand for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) is on the rise. This field is expected to grow over 41 percent over the next decade.

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Careers in HR

February 28th, 2017 by

Professionals that work in the human resources department are responsible for the hiring, training and administration of personnel in an organization. You may work directly within an organization or you may work for a firm that outsources to multiples organizations.

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Human resources involves understanding people, laws, regulations and communication. You’ll want to start with a bachelor’s degree in human resources, labor relations, communications, industrial psychology or organizational development depending on your interests. An undergraduate degree will take about four years to complete.

For future career advancement down the line, you may want to consider a master’s degree. This will take about two years after and undergraduate degree and will give you a more in-depth understanding of human resources.

Career

There are many career paths within human resources. You may be a generalist, who can handle most tasks related to HR, or you may be a specialist who focuses on one specific area. These areas include, but are not limited to the following: Recruitment, compensation, benefits, employee relations, health and safety, record keeping or strategic planning.

Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), human resource managers earn an average salary of $99,720 per year, while human resource specialists earn an average salary of $55,640 per year. This field is expected to grow 13% over the next decade.

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Careers in Fashion

February 21st, 2017 by

A career in the fashion industry is much more than design. Fashion is about helping people express themselves and feel comfortable. If you are creative, detail oriented and passionate about fashion, then there are almost endless opportunities out there for you.

pexels-photo-94777Merchandise Assistant. Working closely with a buyer, a merchandising assistant creates a strategy to enable a company to stock their stores. They are in charge of getting the right merchandise, in the right quantities, at the right price, in the right place at the right time. It’s about creating a balance between the expectations of the customer and the company.

Design Assistant. Fashion design combines the creative and the business aspects of fashion. A design assistant is responsible for researching current trends, coming up with new ideas, preparing color boards and assisting designers during fittings. Design assistants may also function as assistant buyers.

Assistant Buyer. The primary job of an assistant buyer is to keep track of the purchase-order process: planning inventory, tracking sales and interacting with vendors. They need to be able to participate in competitive buying and be knowledgeable about the products they are after.

Patternmaker. Based on sketches done by designers, a patternmaker either draws or uses a computer to create a draft of new patterns. They may also create a mockup fabric sample of the pattern. Patternmakers need to have extensive knowledge of fashion and trends. They need to be able to adapt old patterns to fit slightly newer styles and interpret the completely new designs put forth by designers.

Stylist. A stylist chooses clothing and accessories to be featured in editorials, magazines, advertising campaigns, concerts, music videos and public appearances of celebrities. They work in collaboration with fashion designers, directors, hair and makeup stylists and photographers. The goal is to create a theme or accomplish a specific look. They also play a crucial role in planning fashion parades and events.

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Careers in Information Technology Security

February 7th, 2017 by

In a world with rapid globalization and interconnectivity through the internet, security is a growing concern for both personal computer users and large organizations. This means the need for information security experts to help protect user information is also growing exponentially.

Education

imagesA career in information security starts with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related major, which will take about four years to complete and will provide you with a well-rounded education in the computer and security field. As this field develops, many schools are beginning to offer information security-specific programs.

Employers sometimes prefer applicants that hold a master’s degree, which will take an additional two years after completing your undergraduate degree and allows for future career advancement.

Over the course of your education, it will be useful to pursue internships in the field. Having real-world experience will give you a leg up in the industry when you enter the workforce.  

You’ll also want to consider receiving an information security certification, in addition to a degree. There are general certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP), as well as more specific certifications in areas such as systems auditing and penetration testing.

Career

Information security analysts are responsible for protecting computer networks from hacking and cyber attacks. Through testing, they determine a computer systems weaknesses and carry out a plan to improve an organization’s security. They’ll conduct penetration testing to see how difficult (or easy) it is to break through a networks defenses and then create a plan to improve any insecurities.

Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for an Information security analyst is $90,120, with some variation in salary depending on the specific department you work in. The field is also expected to grow by 18 percent over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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Careers in Healthcare

January 24th, 2017 by

Pursuing a career in healthcare can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. The medical field offers the opportunity to help maintain the health and happiness of your community, while also offering a variety of positions and specialties. From direct care to administration and from pediatrics to emergency, there’s no limit to what you can do!
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Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

What do they do? Medical billing and coding specialists use various computer systems and software to electronically record patient data, as well as process the billing for a medical office or hospital.

How do I become one? Receive a certification in medical billing and coding. Depending on the program this can take several months to a year. Associate’s degrees are also available in this field if you want to complete general education requirements in addition to the field-related classes.

 

Radiologist

What do they do? The radiology field can range from radiology technician or radiographer, to radiology physician or radiologist. A radiographer performs diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x-rays or MRIs, while a radiologist interprets the results to diagnose and treat patients.

How do I become one? Radiographers typically need to obtain an associate’s degree, which takes about two years to complete. Most states also require radiographers become licensed. Receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree can allow someone is this field to take on more responsibility with the opportunity for career advancement in the future. To become a full-fledged radiologist — a physician in the field of radiology — you need to complete four years of medical school and three to seven years of internships and residencies on top of an undergraduate degree to become an MD.

 

Nurse

What do they do? Nurses can work almost anywhere from schools, hospitals, physician offices or home health services. They provide and coordinate direct care to patients such as administering medication and vaccinations. They also play an important role in educating patients about their conditions and monitoring treatments.

How do I become one? Nurses have the option of completing an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in nursing. An associate’s provides an adequate understanding of biology and patient care. A bachelor’s degree covers the same topics, but will also allow you to hold administrative or managerial positions in the nursing field. You will also need to pass a certification exam to become a licensed RN in your state.

 

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Careers in Marine Biology

January 12th, 2017 by

Marine biology deals with the study of marine organisms, marine ecosystems and marine preservation. This field encompasses many disciplines and specialties that all stem from the marine sciences.

Education

marine_biologyWhile there are many career opportunities in marine biology that can be obtained with a bachelor’s degree, many require education at the graduate level. Additionally, aPhD is required if you one day wish to conduct independent research.

A bachelor’s degree in marine biology isn’t necessary to pursue a graduate degree in marine biology, however, you should consider guiding your focus towards the sciences. Courses in ecology, organic chemistry, oceanography, marine zoology and biodiversity will be particularly useful.

A master’s degree in marine biology or a related field will take about two years to complete after undergraduate school. A marine biology degree at the master’s level will cover advanced marine biology, biological oceanography, marine chemical ecology and molecular biology. These courses, along with internships, will prepare you for higher-level positions in your field, as well as careers in research, teaching or consulting.

Depending on your specific program requirements, a Ph.D. in marine biology can take anywhere from three to six years to complete after earning your undergraduate and graduate degrees. The courses you take will depend heavily on your area of specialization and you will be required to conduct research and fieldwork in order to write your dissertation.

Career

There are many directions a career in marine biology can take you. The diverse career paths within this field include, but are not limited to, wildlife biologist, zoologist, fish and wildlife biologist, fisheries biologist, aquatic biologist, conservation biologist or biological technician.

The duties of these careers vary but often include collecting and analyzing research data. This includes how species interact with each other and with their environments. It can also include how marine ecosystems affect humans and vice versa. Depending on your specific area of study, your day-to-day duties may include monitoring marine life exposed to pollutants, testing ocean samples, preserving specimens, identifying unknown species or mapping the distribution, ranges and movements of marine populations.

Salary and Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the average salary of zoologists and wildlife biologists as $57,710 per year, or $27.74 per hour, with an expected growth of 5 percent by the year 2022. While zoology is slightly different and broader than a career as a marine biologist, you can expect a similar salary and growth in this field.

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Careers in Interior Design

January 5th, 2017 by

The primary purpose of an interior designer is to create a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. Someone in this field needs to be creative and communicative. This career is far more than curtains and throw pillows, but also deals with the interior structure and design of a building.  

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Earning your bachelor’s degree in interior design is going to be the best way to become a certified designer. A bachelor’s degree will take about four years to complete and will include courses in design, computer-aided design (CAD), drafting, textiles and color theory. You may also take classes like architectural and art history. Your classes will mostly be a mix of theory (lectures) and practical (lab) courses.  

During the course of your studies, you’ll want to keep examples of your work for a portfolio that you’ll eventually show your future employers or clients. After you’ve graduated, you’ll also need to work towards becoming licensed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). There are several paths to certification that involve completing a certain amount of work hours prior to sitting an examination. Check out the NCIDQ website to look at all the possible options.

Career

Interior designers both plan and decorate interior spaces. They often work closely with architects during the drafting phase to create safe and comfortable living spaces. This means they assist with floor plans, choosing where windows, cabinets and fixtures should be placed.

Other interior designers work on buildings that are completed. This can range from choosing countertops and wall color to selecting furniture and decorations.

Salary and Job Outlook

Interior designers earn a median salary of $47,600 per year and the market for interior designers is expected to grow 13 percent over the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Careers in Marketing

December 27th, 2016 by

With innovations like Netflix and recorded television, people are watching fewer commercials than ever. With this trend, companies have to be more creative when it comes to getting their message out to an audience. If you are a creative individual who is also interested in numbers and statistics then a career in marketing may be right for you.

Education

With so many different opportunities in marketing, you may be able to enter the field with a high school diploma, however, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will help you land greater opportunities down the line.

An associate’s degree in marketing will take approximately two years to complete and can help you gain entry-level employment in almost every facet of marketing, from marketing assistant to social media manager. Over the course of this degree, you’ll gain a basic understanding of economics, business communication and consumer behavior.

A bachelor’s degree in marketing will allow you to gain a more comprehensive understanding of marketing concepts and allow you to focus in on a specific field. This degree takes on average four years to complete and will cover market research, sales and communication methods.

Career

Marketing is a profession that encompasses a wide range of possibilities. This field can include anything from market research, sales, public relations, advertising, social media and branding. Your duties will depend heavily on what specific field you choose to work in. Some paths will focus heavily on writing and understanding customer behavior like public relations. Other paths will be more number-heavy such as market research. There are also opportunities for the artistically inclined such as advertising and branding.

Salary and Job Outlook

Since marketing is such a broad field, it’s hard to nail down an expected salary. However, here are some examples of specific jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that can give you a pretty good idea what to expect.

Market research analysts, on average, make $60,300 annually and can expect this field to grow by 32 percent by 2022, which is much higher than average.

Advertising managers have a median salary of $88,590 and the field will grow 7 percent over the same decade.

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Careers in Law Enforcement

November 23rd, 2016 by

Law enforcement officers play an important role in society as public servants, dedicated to protecting the citizens in their communities. A person in law enforcement needs to understand the law and have a strong desire to make positive changes in the lives of those around them. This career can be physically demanding and dangerous. People in this field need to willing to give up their own rights to secure the rights of those they vow to protect.

Education

An associates degree in law enforcement or criminal justice will provide you with the necessary foundation for a career as a law enforcement officer. This will take two years on average to complete and will cover the basics of law and public safety.

Most police departments require applicants to hold a college degree, but this isn’t always the case. If you aren’t sure you want to dedicate two years to an associate’s degree, there are other options. Many institutions offer a diploma or certification program in criminal justice that cover the essentials and can be enough to grant you a position in the field, along with proper experience.

After college, applicants attend a training academy where they learn about local and federal laws, civil rights and ethics. Applicants also receive training for patrol, traffic control, self-defense, first aid and emergency response.

Career

The primary duties of law enforcement officer is to enforce laws and keep the public safe. A typical work day for a police officer includes patrols, traffic stops and responding to emergency calls.

The demand and duties of a law enforcement officer will vary depending on if they work at the local, state or federal level. There is also the opportunity to work in a different crime departments, such as narcotics, or special units, such as canine or SWAT.

Salary and Job Outlook

The average salary for police officers and detectives was $60,270 per year in 2014. The field is expected to grow by 4 percent over the next decade.

You can learn more about this career path and related fields with Next Step Academy’s “Careers in Criminal Justice” course!

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Careers in Speech Pathology

November 15th, 2016 by

Speech pathologists work with patients to diagnose and treat communication disorders. These disorders can include stuttering, social communication disorders, auditory processing disorders and swallowing disorders. They do important work to treat disorders affecting people of all ages.

Education

speech_client_web_5A master’s degree in speech pathology is the minimum requirement to become a speech pathologist. An undergraduate degree in biological sciences, physical sciences or behavioral sciences is the best way to prepare yourself for a master’s degree in speech pathology. A master’s degree will typically take you an additional two years to complete after your undergraduate degree.

Over the course of your master’s, you can expect to take classes in speech science, audiology and communication disorders. You will also be required to complete a certain number of clinical hours.

If you wish to become a speech pathology professor or researcher in the future, then you should consider completing a doctorate. A doctorate in speech pathology takes most people another four years to complete after graduate school. Your doctorate will comprise mostly of independent research and a dissertation.

Career

A speech pathologist diagnoses speech disorders and provides treatment. This often involves ongoing therapy with patients. Speech pathologists also need to be able to teach patients’ family members therapeutic techniques to be used at home in order to further help the patient. For patients with severe disorders, a speech pathologist can provide the patient with alternative communication systems. Some speech pathologists will also work with people without a diagnosed speech disorder, but who want to enhance their communication skills.

Salary and Job Outlook

On average, speech pathologists earn $69,870 per year, or $33.59 per hour as of 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field is expected to grow by 19 percent over the next decade.

For more information on this career path, take Next Step Academy’s “Careers in Speech Pathology” course!

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