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Let’s face it. Most of us head off to college and have no idea what we want to do. After all, none of us are born with a life manual. If you have that sinking feeling that you might not be cut out for the career you’re studying to for, you’re not alone. Statistics indicate that only 27% of college graduates actually end up with a job that has anything to do with their major.
There’s good news in that statistic, though. While you can view it as evidence that college is an expensive waste of time, it also means that more than two-thirds of college graduates do eventually find a career that they’re suited for. In that case, it means that it’s not the destination that’s important, but the journey. If you’re trying to find your place in the working world, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so after you leave school. If you’re looking for some pointers, here are three great careers you can train for even after you’ve graduated college.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term big data. That’s because big data refers to the systems and applications for the massive amount of data we all produce throughout all of our interactions online, with retailers, and even when we visit the doctor. Today, big data powers almost everything we see and do in our daily lives – and it’s growing bigger every minute. The good news is that as big data spreads, demand for those with strong analytical skills to make sense of it all is also growing. Industry analysts predict that the demand for data scientists will grow 28% by 2020, and the job comes with a six-figure salary. You can get all the skills you need almost entirely online, and then get your foot in the door of an industry that’s not going away anytime soon.
Do you like animals? If you do, you might consider becoming a veterinarian. Demand for veterinarians is exploding all over the world, right alongside a corresponding boom in the pet care industry. Now, you will need to go through some serious training to become a veterinarian, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try the field on for size first. You can study online to earn a certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Then you can get a job right away that will help you to decide if you’re cut out to become a veterinarian. If you go forward, you could end up with a job in a field that’s expected to grow by 18% in the next ten years.
If you’re anything like most people, you probably dread visiting the dentist. Just thinking about all of the pain they’ve inflicted on you over the years is usually enough to send most people running in the opposite direction. There is, however, someone in the dentist’s office that most people don’t mind visiting: the hygienist. They’re the ones who do your regular cleanings and leave you feeling minty fresh. And they don’t use drills to do it. What you might not realize, though, is that dental hygienists only require an associate’s degree, and earn an average of $75,000 per year. Better still, demand for dental hygienists is soaring, so you’ll never have trouble finding work.
These are only a few of the rewarding, high-paying careers you can work your way into long after you’ve finished college. Of course, it’s always preferable to find your way sooner rather than later. But if you haven’t gotten too far in your studies, don’t be afraid to explore your options. As you can see, there will always be doors open to you no matter which path you take. And some of them lead to careers that are pretty great.
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