Careers Are Changing in This Economy

The economy is changing the way Americans view careers and career options. Jobs that once paid well and employed many are no longer as easy to find. Even careers that pay little and need no education past high school are harder to find. Careers in America today are more complicated than ever.

There are careers that are still in demand in the medical field, but not everyone can do these jobs. The medical field is always growing and always in need of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. There are many people, however, who simply cannot do this type of work.

For people who want to work in the medical field but who will not be Doctors, there are many other positions to consider. Hospitals always need clerical staff to take and organize patient information. Specialists are also needed. For example, respiratory therapists; these employees of the hospital treat breathing problems. This is a degree that can be obtained quickly in just two years. Surgical technician and nursing degrees can also be completed quickly.

Most schools even have one night a week education for nurses who want to move on to getting higher degrees in nursing to increase their pay and advance their careers. The number of nursing and health care program choices available around the United States is huge.

Another job that is still hiring is technology. Technology is a large role in American society and the world. People are needed to manage and develop this technology every day. A degree in a technology field and related certifications are required for many of these jobs.

Technology can be an excellent career choice because certificates can be obtained while you pursue your degree. This makes it possible to get jobs while in school. Working in your field while in school will help you to build your resume and make contacts for after you graduate.

Whether you would like to go into health care or technology there is a degree option that is right for you. Many of these courses are designed with working adults in mind and meet only once a week for convenience. These programs can be a good choice for those looking to continue their education or for people looking to change careers.

No matter how you decide to get your education or what field you intend to enter into, getting experience while you study is imperative. Without experience you may be overlooked for many good opportunities. Take the time to research opportunities and make sure that you are sure about the field you choose to go into.

Are You Looking For a New Career in 2009?

According to an approximation, at any given point of time, around 35 percent of employees yearn to give up their existing careers and pursue something completely different from what they are doing. The wide ranging reasons for this include dissatisfaction with compensation, low job satisfaction, lack of motivation or morale. However, this is not the only reason for seeking a new career. Today, following the deepening recession in the US and other developed nations of the west, finding new careers to tide over job-cuts has become one of the most pressing needs of the employment world. In February alone, 651,000 jobs were laid off in the US, in what is widely believed to be one of the worst monthly losses since 1949 and unemployment rate has soared to 8.1 percent, according to the US Labor Department.

The First Step

Many of those who would give anything to have a change of job often end up just reading, talking or dreaming about it, and are less inclined to take the step forward, or are simply too scared to take the risk lest they should end up regretting if things didn’t actually turn out well in their new careers. The flip side is that there are also those lucky ones who find that they have never had it as good as they have after a career change. These people go on to reap the rewards and benefit from their new careers.    

With job losses becoming ‘imminent and widespread’ in nearly all sectors, except perhaps in the health care industry and government, finding alternative careers is proving to be one of the most difficult propositions, given the slowing economy in the US as well as European countries. Once you have decided on a career change, the next step would be to weigh your options. Answers to question like – what would you look for in your new career and would you like to do something different or move into a career that utilizes your previous skills and experience, would help you to identify the industry which can possibly fulfill your requirements.

Where Do You Fit In

The next step – and a pretty important one – is a reality check. Once you have decided to go for change of career and also zeroed in on where you would like to fit in, you would have to make an analysis of whether or not the industry you have chosen would be in a position to meet your requirements. Find out if there is an opening in this industry or if they have a need for you? If you are joining an industry where there is more supply than demand or if the current skill shortage is likely to be filled in a few years, joining such an industry doesn’t actually make sense unless you possess that ‘something special’ or an edge over the other employees in terms of skill or experience. Also find out if the new industry would offer you an opportunity to make more money and achieve your long-term goals.