Even in a tight job market, several careers stand out for young people entering the work force or those pivoting from other vocations.
Students who want to pursue jobs as electricians, estheticians and health care professionals – especially medical coders and medical assistants — have a good promise of getting a job, even in Connecticut’s limited market.
As reported in a Fast Company July article, The Conference Board, an independent research association working in the public interest, listed electricians as highly sought-after on its recent labor shortages index. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor website says the skin care field is among the fastest growing occupations requiring vocational training. In Connecticut, estheticians can make as much as $55,000, especially in Fairfield county. Information technology and STEM jobs are also popular choices today.
As colleges have come under fire for failing to properly prepare students for today’s changing job market, schools that provide business and technical training, like Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical School in Danbury, do prepare students for jobs today. A bachelor’s degree doesn’t always give graduates the skills needed for the available jobs. In addition, students are sometimes saddled with high debt and no way to pay it down for the foreseeable future. Many will find themselves settling for retail or seasonal jobs just to make some money until they can find a career position.
Students are turning to business and technical schools that can offer them diplomas in these fields without going through four years of study and backbreaking loans. In most cases, they can graduate from a program in nine to 20 months, and end up with fewer student loans.
Business, technical and trade schools offer high school graduates or GED recipients access to higher education for a fraction of the cost and time commitment of traditional college. Most business and technical schools not only focus on skills training and preparation for licensure that a student may need in a career, but also on getting their graduates “career ready.” The schools will often rehearse students on interview questions, assist in resume preparation and work with them through a job-search process. How many colleges do that?
Business and technical schools also have excellent job placement rates, with as many as 75 to 85 percent of graduates landing jobs within several months of graduation. Schools like Ridley-Lowell offer education in these top fields. Part of being a good community partner is offering training for jobs that are needed in the community. Ridley-Lowell recently added an esthetician program at its Danbury campus, after it had been wildly popular at its locations in New London and Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Ridley-Lowell prepares students for careers where jobs do exist and where students can make a difference in the world. Many of the hot careers today help make life easier for others and provide needed services in the community.
Business and technical schools provide an excellent value today and students are wise to consider them.
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute offers classes in Electrical Systems Technician, Information Technology, Massage Therapy, Esthetics, Medical Assisting, Medical Administrative Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding and more. It offers both day and evening classes, ranging in length from nine months to 20 months, depending on the program. Established in 1850, it is one of the oldest and most well-respected business and technical institutes in the country, with five campuses in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.
For more information, visit www.ridley.edu or call 203-797-0551.