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Why You Should Consider Majoring in the Medical Field

student nurseThe medical field is booming with opportunities for employment. You may not consider yourself the type to become a nurse or doctor, but there is still a place for you somewhere in the medical field if you have an interest in helping others. Here are five reasons to check out medical program options.

The Field is Wide Open
A job in healthcare is a secure one. The field has been identified by the US Department of Labor as one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. More than 2 million healthcare professionals will be needed all over the country by 2016. Medical science has made it possible for people to live healthier and longer, and the increase in population has resulted in a huge demand for medical care.

Diverse Career Choices
Even if you don’t see yourself as a physician or or nurse, there are still many opportunities available, such as a lab technician, medical records assistant, dietician, physical therapist, and many other interesting and lucrative careers.

Freelance opportunities are available for such occupations as medical transcription, and there is a wide choice of healthcare environments to work in, including day care, home healthcare, nursing homes, and schools.

Opportunity for Advancement
Because of the shortage of people in the medical field, there is more advancement opportunity than in other fields. With experience or extra training, healthcare professionals can move laterally from one position to another, or vertically to a higher position. The possibilities for advancement are endless.

With something as simple as an associate’s degree in the right specialty, you could make between $80,000 and $100,000 a year.

The Chance to Travel
In many industries, it’s difficult to find work when you move to a new state. That’s not the case in the medical field. There is so much demand for healthcare professionals that jobs in other states are relatively easy to find. Many other countries need healthcare professionals as well, so participating in a program like Doctors Without Borders gives you the chance to see the world while helping others.

The Opportunity to Study Virtually Anywhere
Regardless of whether you want to apply to a program in your city or in a different state, chances are you will be able to find a program that suits your needs there. The demand for healthcare workers means more schools are opening up programs in the field. Online courses are also an option for those who can’t be on campus all the time. Some programs with online options, like a bachelor’s degree in sonography, can be obtained in as little as 24 months.

If you’re interested in a rewarding, stable career that can take you anywhere, the medical field just may be the place to look.

 Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

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Why You Need to Take a Majors Quiz Before College

Categories: Majors & Minors

college-major-chooseSo you’ve taken our Careers and Major quiz. Now what?

It’s time to start exploring your options and making your results work for you.

We’ve reviewed how to go over your results and how the quiz can help you if you’re still a high school underclassman. But what if you’re a junior or senior who’s starting to think more seriously about the college application process? How can you make the most of your results?

Think About Which Majors You’ll Succeed In
Your parents may suggest you take up pre-med or pre-law, but these career paths aren’t for everyone. After you’ve taken the Careers and Majors quiz, see what majors interest you and what jobs they could lead to. Have you ever thought about majoring in fire science? What about homeland security? Cartography?

There are dozens of majors you may have never heard of, let alone considered. Keep an open mind and see what’s out there.

Don’t set aside your own ambitions, though. Our results may not say you were born to be a veterinarian, but if there’s no doubt in your mind that’s something you want to pursue, go for it. The quiz can still help you see what areas you’ll thrive in, and could help you choose a minor.

Keep an Eye on Other Schools
You may already have a list of prospective colleges going – that’s great. Don’t discount other schools yet, though.

Expand your school search based on your Careers and Majors quiz results. You may find that a university you’ve never heard of before is the ideal fit. Keep adding colleges to your list. You never know if you’ll want to submit another application at the last minute.

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How to Choose Your Freshman Year Classes

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registrationCollege is exciting for a lot of reasons. You’re on your own for the first time. You feel like a grown up. You’re meeting new people and learning new things all the time. Best of all, you get to choose what you want to study, rather than abiding by a strict curriculum.

But that freedom to decide on your own classes can be overwhelming. How do you know what to pick, anyway?

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re flipping through your course catalog:

Your Interests
There bound to be a few courses that interest you. After all, you now have dozens – if not hundreds – of options to choose from. Sure, college requires hard work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun in the classroom while you’re at it. Relive your childhood dreams of digging up dinosaur fossils by taking an introductory archaeology or paleontology class. Get creative with a pottery wheel in a ceramics workshop. Test out your strength in a martial arts course. Let loose a little and sign up for a class that’s interesting to you.

Your Major … Or Lack of One
If you’ve already declared a major, meet with an adviser and start figuring out which introductory classes you can knock out of the way freshman year. Without taking these prerequisites, you won’t be able to take other required courses later on.

Both declared and undeclared majors should also get a jumpstart on any gen ed requirements. If your school requires two years of foreign language or a certain number of humanities, math, and science credits, make sure you include a few on your first semester class schedule. Putting them off won’t do you any favors later on.

If you haven’t decided on a major, general education requirements can give you a better idea of what interests you and what field you’d enjoy working in. Don’t forget to take our Careers and Majors quiz, too.

You Career Aspirations
Consider which classes might be useful if you’re determined to pursue a certain career path. Journalism majors, for instance, may not be required to take U.S. government or statistics classes, but might find the knowledge they gain useful once they’re in the industry. Those who want to work in business might find classes on communication theory and persuasion beneficial.

When You Want to Graduate
Most people head off to college assuming they’ll graduate in four years. But all too frequently, people spend an extra semester or two on campus, spending more money on classes they could have taken years earlier and missing out on real-world work experience. If you’re determined to finish in four years, keep careful track of what credits you have, what you need, and which requirements you can finish off immediately. Remember that on some campuses certain mandatory classes are only offered once a year, so if you see a spot open, sign up.

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