Thursday, July 11, 2013

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Picking a Career Based on Future Job Growth and Earnings

With the start of college only a month or so away, many incoming freshman will begin that long arduous struggle to decide "What do I want to be when I grow up?" While there are many ways to make that decision, or in some cases to have that decision made for you, Rasmussen College offers and interactive website about potential careers.

The site allows the user to select the type of job he or she may be interested in, and then see if it is growing or declining, and what the median salaries are like nationally for those types of careers. Clicking on any particular job opens a pop-up screen that includes projected job growth through the year 2020, as well as the type of degree needed to at least start in the position and the amount of experience necessary to break into the field.

To see the select the career areas you might be interested in, you need to first open the field of study box by clicking on the arrows in the right hand corner...

Then you can simply click on one or more fields in order to see only those careers...

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Finally, once you select a specific career by clicking on a dot on the graph, it provides you with a lot of information about that field of work that might help you decide if that's the right area for you (or your son or daughter).
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So if you or someone else you know is interested in what the projected job growth is for different fields in the future, this site might turn out to be a good place to begin your research!