Many students have applied to the colleges of their dreams and are now awaiting the news of acceptance. The latest trend for students is to apply as an “undecided”, waiting until they get through their freshman year to pick a major. This works great for students who don’t know what they want to do and since many students change their minds anyway. However, if you are thinking about declaring a major, do some research into what is projected to be in-demand occupations when you graduate.
There are several occupations that are currently hard to fill for many organizations and are also projected to be hard to fill in the future. Some of those hard to fill positions include many in the information technology field. Information technology careers in-demand include, networking, security, data management and application development.
When you look at the prospect for networking jobs, the demand prediction is higher than most with over a 20% growth expected in the next few years. However, the current demand is still high. If you are thinking about perusing this career, you are looking at making an average of $33.00 an hour or about $69.500 annually. Employers are looking for individuals primarily with four year degrees, but some will accept associate degrees from technical colleges. Just keep in mind that you want to be competitive and marketable, so the best way is to get the best education you can afford. There are some places that you can obtain an apprenticeship to gain the training and experience employers hope to see. You can look at the Department of Labor (DOL) website for a link for recognized apprenticeships with specialized associations.
The DOL has information listed by state for a variety of apprenticeships and although they are usually not paid positions, they are incredibly important when it comes to getting experience when you have none.
There are many careers out there that will be able to take you into the future and have a fairly decent wage. It is important that students do some research before they go down a path that will leave them unemployable after four years in college. It does happen, not just in this economy but in a good one too.
While it is always best to find a degree that addresses what you enjoy doing and highlights your natural gifts, the reality is that sometimes a degree is not marketable to most employers. Another question to ask yourself when you think about a college and a degree is: What will be your earning to college debt ratio? If the college is really expensive and your earning potential when you graduate is low, you may want to rethink that match.
Planning and research are essential. There is so much information out there at your fingertips… if you don’t do it; you have not done the due diligence you owe to yourself.