Job Openings & Education Requirements – General Outlook
Technical studies offers career-oriented education that prepares you for in-demand jobs. Find out about some of the hottest fields in technical studies.
Technical Job Openings & Education Requirements
Technical studies is a diverse set of careers that focus on hands-on occupations and offer stable career paths that you can train for in relatively short periods of time. Check out some of the jobs with the best opportunities in the technical studies field.
Although job growth is expected to be relatively flat during the decade from 2008-2018, skilled welders should have good job opportunities as employers report a shortage of qualified workers. Welders typically need some formal training as well as plenty of on-the-job experience to refine their skills. Formal training programs may include coursework in:
Reading blueprints, Mathematics, Metal work, Mechanical drawing, Computers
Certification in welding is available on a general level as well as in specialized domains, and welders with specialized skills should have the best job opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, welders earned a median annual wage of $34,750 in 2009, but those working in top-paying industries such as as natural gas, or electric power could earn significantly more.
Another growing technical field is plumbing, with job opportunities expected to rise 16 percent between 2008 and 2018. In addition to growth stemming from renovation of existing buildings, demand for water conservation, and new construction codes, job opportunities should result from the large number of current plumbers expected to retire in the next decade.
Take advantage of this opportunity by earning a degree from a technical school or community college. Most states require plumbers to be licensed, and formal training combined with on-the-job experience can help you get licensed and get your new career off the ground. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that plumbers earned a median annual wage of $46,320 in 2009, with the top 10 percent taking home more than $79,470.
Some technical schools offer programs that’ll prepare you to work as a library assistant or a library technician. An associate’s degrees or certificate would qualify you for this field. You could join the nearly half million employees are organizing material, cataloguing, and assisting readers at a library.
Library technology is advancing quickly; you can expect some computer courses in this program.
Job opportunities should be good for dispensing opticians. Education for this occupation includes science classes leading to a certificate or a two-year degree and perhaps an apprenticeship.
About 40 percent of the nearly 60,000 dispensing opticians in the US work for optometrists. Others work in retail optical goods stores. There are many new technologies in this field–new materials for eyeglass frames, new edging techniques, new refraction systems–and a tech grad who’s current with them should have an advantage in finding employment.
Assess your skills and your interests to find a career, and then choose a technical studies program to suit it. A counselor at a school near you can help you decide.
Steve Greechie (MBA, MSLIS, MA) is a freelance business writer in New York City. He’s published extensively in a range of publications, including The Boston Business Journal, Information Outlook, Online, Architectural Record and The Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship. He contributed to The Core Business Web, which The American Library Association named The Best Business Reference Book of 2003. His internet copy appears widely