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Higher Education Issue: How Do I Go Back to School?

by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Hot Jobs


You might find that your top career interest aligns nicely with a field that is expected to see continued growth. The only thing required is a degree. Here’s a list of hot jobs from veteran counselors at Texas Woman’s University; California State University, Fresno; and Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

  • Informatics (or, the broader category is “data analytics”) - “Anyone in the military has hands-on experience with this,”says Amy O’Keefe of TWU. You can obtain a general degree or one pertaining specifically to the health care field. “Since all medical records are required to be electronic, there is a huge need for people with this degree. It’s a degree that few people know about. Students who start out on this career are also exposed to different opportunities along the way.”

  • Nursing - With aging Baby Boomers, this field is wide open. There is also a forecasted need for nursing practitioners. “This field allows them to not only be a nurse, but also come back to the university level and teach people to become nurses. They are forecasting a need of those who can teach the next generation,” says Dr. Daniel Bernard of CSU Fresno.
  • Information technology and cyber security - “This is the cream of the crop,” says Richard Delgado at Texas A&M. “Here in San Antonio, the NSA moved into town, and that’s what they want. Veterans make a smooth transition if they meet requirements.”
  • Manufacturing- Aerospace and automotive manufacturing are the “big” fields, Delgado says. “There are several degrees with robotics and learning to work with robotics on the assembly line. Before, it used to be in-house training. Now, there are several degrees to do that which come with technical aspects that are easier to learn in a classroom.”



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