Do you need to enter or re-enter the workforce in the near future? Since it’s clear you’re planning ahead for this event, there are a variety of options available to assist you with obtaining meaningful employment.
Whether you postponed your career or placed it on the back burner because you were raising a family or had other obligations, you may be interested in attending a trade school rather than a traditional 4-year degree program. In addition to being able to complete a program in a shorter period of time, trade school degrees also cost considerably less than bachelor’s degrees.
The average bachelor’s degree, for example, can cost approximately $127,000, while the average trade school degree tends to cost approximately $33,000. This is a savings of approximately $94,000, which is a considerable amount.
Is it possible you’re not sure what type of career you’d like? If this is the case, then there are so many different programs available to explore!
Have you ever considered going to culinary school? In 2015, there were 129,370 head cooks or chefs employed in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports, however, that by 2024, there will be roughly 7% more jobs for bakers and 9% more jobs for culinary specialists.
If culinary school doesn’t appeal to you, have you thought about becoming a pharmacy technician or medical assistant? What about becoming a medical billing and coding specialist?
While you continue to think about your career options and goals, there are other programs that might be more in keeping with your interests and skill set. You may, for example, be interested in an AC school, where you can learn how to become a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technician.
In 2016, for example, HVAC technicians earned over $48,000 a year, on average, according to the BLS. Furthermore, it is predicted that by 2022, there will be a 21% increase in job opportunities.
When you contact a technical school for more information, you will be able to speak with someone that can explain each program in detail. At that time, you can also ask these and other specific questions:
- What do HVAC technicians do?
- What do you do as a medical assistant?
- What can a pharmacy technician do?
Once you discover the best career path for you at this time, it’s just a matter of enrolling into a program and doing the best you can to succeed.