Starting the New Year by preparing for a new career is a great resolution. Research is the key to determining what careers have the most job growth with an income to offset the education. Ideally, when looking at a new career, the salary and job conditions are how to determine which career you would like to begin. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics report published in February of 2012, the following careers have a large growth and a nice salary to make your New Year’s resolution worth your time and money.
- Registered Nurses (RN’s) – The median income for registered nurses is around $64,000. A two year degree is required to be eligible for this career, along with a desire to help people when they feel their worst. The job growth is 26 percent.
- Licensed practical nurses (LVN’s) – The median income for LVN’s is around $40,000, which isn’t bad for only requiring one year of education and a state certification. This type of education is affordable, and usually offered at the local community college. The job growth is approximately 22 percent.
- Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives (not in technical or scientific fields) – The median income for this career is about $52,000 a year. Typically, a high school diploma is all that is required. To be marketable in this field, it is recommended to complete marketing, economic, communication, and foreign language classes. Also, certification like the Certified Professional Manufactures Representative (CPMR) or the Certified Sales Professional (CSP) will help you stand out in a crowd. The job growth is about 15 percent.
- Carpenters– People who like to work with their hands and don’t mind the weather elements can make about $39,500 a year with only a high school diploma. In order to become a carpenter, apprenticing as a helper under a carpenter is helpful. The community college and some school districts offer adult education classes for this field. The job growth is 19.6 percent.
- First-line supervisors of office and administrative support members– This is great for people looking to change their career or advance in their current position. The estimated annual salary is $47,000. This field does not require a degree, but it will help, especially if you do not have supervisory experience. Classes in management, communications, and advanced knowledge in computer systems will improve your chances for promotion or entry level employment. The job growth is 14 percent.
- Accountants and auditors- The average salary in this field is approximately $61,000 a year. However, people in this field usually have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, and they complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. The job growth is 15.7 percent.
- Postsecondary teachers– The average salary is about $45,000 a year. A bachelor’s degree and certification are required for this field, along with patience. The job growth is 17.4 percent.
- Elementary school teachers (excluding special education) – The median income for elementary school teachers is about $51,000 a year. The high median rate is likely due to the retention rate of teachers in early education. The job growth rate is 16.8 percent.
- Physicians and surgeons- The median salary in this field is approximately $111,000 a year. However, the education required is much more intensive. A four year undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, and a three to eight years internship and residency requirement are a prerequisite for this field. While the salary is alluring, student loan bills are much higher in this field, and students should be prepared for that when considering this field. The job growth rate is 24 percent.
These fields have a high return rate for the education required. The education for many of these fields can be completed by attending a local community college. If a bachelor’s degree is desired, the community college is an affordable way to begin your degree, and they usually offer more flexibility for students with jobs, families, and other responsibilities. Start your New Year’s resolution off right by improving your life.