Careers in growing industries for college grads

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Prof. John DeSpagna
Campus News

You are working on your degree and the next step in your path to success is to select a field that you will have a long and prosperous career in. This will require a lot of thought, listening to your intuition and finding something that you have a passion for. To try and get you on the right path, listed below are some growing fields for college graduates. Work hard in your chosen field so you will be noticed and the opportunities will open up for you.

Do you have any interest in the stock market and helping people reach their financial goals? Do you like the challenge of finding new customers and building your own business? This is what the position of a financial consultant is about. You have to profile a client, find out what their needs are and then utilize the appropriate financial investment to help them reach their financial goals. This is a lot of work to do, at a firm like Merrill Lynch, but it can be very rewarding.

One of the fastest growing fields where there is a shortage of personnel is nursing. You need to have strong academic credentials to enroll in one of these programs, and there are plenty of jobs here. You need a willingness to work hard, long shifts and be able to deal with the various needs of your patients. This is not an easy job as a registered nurse but one that has great rewards.

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We are in the midst of a technology revolution with changes happening quickly and in many industries. One of the ways to participate in this is to work as a computer software engineer. There is a high demand for workers in this field to help develop the software for numerous applications. A degree in computer science is the way to develop a foundation in this area along with an internship.

How about developing a website? Organizations need employees to develop the website, maintain it and try to figure out how to get customers onto the website. How do you try and answer the questions a customer has and motivate them to make a purchase on the website? These are all part of what a web developer does. How would you like to create the Facebook page and maintain it for an organization?

Do you have a knack for numbers and like accounting? If you do, becoming an accountant may be a field to think about. Obtain your degree, get some experience and then pass the CPA exam to become a certified public accountant. There is a strong demand for CPAs, and you may want to consider opening your own CPA practice when you have enough experience.

Are you outgoing? Are you not able to sit at a desk all day and need to be out with people? Then a career in sales may be for you. You need to be hard working, aggressive, be able to overcome rejection, find out what the needs of the customer are and have the belief that the product or service that you are offering can help the customer. You need to be persistent and self-motivated to be a success in sales but the rewards can be great.

Some people are good at working with their hands and have an aptitude for mechanics. As we have had advances in technology, the repair of cars has become more complicated, requiring workers with a very strong skill set to repair cars. Understanding computer diagnostics, mechanical and electrical repair can make for a very well rounded and successful mechanic.

Another field where qualified technicians are needed is in the area of air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics. We have a great need for climate controlled atmospheres in offices, buildings etc. We also need mechanics to fix refrigerators for food and beverages and work on ice machines.

Selecting a career is not an easy decision. Put a lot of thought into what direction you want to go, and hopefully some of the above listed ideas have helped.

John DeSpagna is a business professor at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.