• Time to Change Careers

    Does your job leave you feeling bored or distracted? Stressed or burned out? Do you work long hours for little pay? Just because you embarked on a given career path doesn’t mean it was the right one, or that you need to stay with it until you retire. It may be time for a career change.

    Whether your aim is to help others, increase your salary, find a job that’s more interesting—or all three—making a career move is a big decision that requires passion, self-analysis, and planning, as well as resources and insights to support your career journey. After carefully deciding what your goals are, you will then need to execute your game plan.


    Often a career change calls for additional education. The good news is that our economy needs workers who have the education and skills to succeed in a number of growing fields.

    “Hot Jobs”

    According to Business Insider “10 Best Jobs for 2015” there is expected to be a growing demand for nurses and systems administrators. Of course, teachers—elementary, middle school and high school—are projected to be in need as well, and the profession is consistently ranked among the growing fields. All of these professions could require additional education and certification.

    Following are a few of the “hot” and growing professions in the U.S. Reading about and researching these different careers may spark your interest in doing something different in your own professional life!

    Registered Nurse: The U.S. is facing a critical nursing shortage. More nurses are needed to meet the needs of an aging population, advancing technology, and a growing emphasis on prevention. The number of RNs necessary to meet these challenges is expected to add more than 711,000 positions in the next decade— more than any other occupation!

    Educational requirements to become a nurse vary from state to state. Nursing certifications in specialized areas like family practice or gerontology to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) are an option for those who do not wish to pursue an associate’s or college degree.

    The minimal requirement to become a registered nurse (RN) is a 2-year associate’s degree in nursing. For more intensive study, nursing students can opt for a 4-year Bachelor of Science or a prelicensure bachelor’s degree. For RNs looking to further advance their career—for instance those interested in becoming a nurse anesthetist—a master’s degree is required. For those who wish to pursue leadership positions in a variety of roles, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is now available in certain states.

    Systems Software Developers: Since so much of what we use every day is computerized—from automobiles to coffee makers—more systems software developers will be needed to support technological growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of developers is projected to grow over 22.8 percent between 2012 and 2022. Educational requirements to get started in this field start with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering. Some employers may even require a master’s degree. Regardless, you need a strong background in programming and the ability to keep up with new computer languages and tools.

    Teachers: U.S. News and World Report cites high school, middle school, and elementary school teachers in its list of 100 Best Jobs of 2014, and attributes future job growth in this profession to be one of the main reasons. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a steady job growth of 12.3 percent for the profession between 2012 and 2022. You need to have a passion for learning and helping children from diverse backgrounds. You also need to be creative, organized, diplomatic, and patient. While teaching isn’t a “9 to 5” job, you will put in even more hours after school is over. However, it can be one of the most rewarding professions around. Many teachers opt to obtain their master’s degree in education to gain more knowledge and to become eligible for future promotions. You’ll need a state-specific teaching credential as well.

    And finally, remember that lives change, people change, and your view about your career can change too. So keep your mind open, explore the possibilities, and live your life to the fullest! Map your career journey to picking a career.


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    It is important to note that certain career paths are growing and our degrees are designed to strengthen your knowledge and prepare our students to advance their careers. But Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Several factors specific to a student’s or alumni’s backgrounds and actions, as well as economic and job conditions, affect employment. Also, keep in mind that national long-term projections covered in articles may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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