Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Career Schools on the Rise

Getting a four year degree from a traditional college or university is not the only way to prepare for a career. In fact, six of the ten fastest growing occupational categories require less than a four year degree. Career schools offer accellerated training in these emerging professions to meet career goals. 

According to the Career College Association, enrollment in career schools increased 17% nationwide between 2004 and 2006. This resulted in 2 million students enrolled in career schools in 2006. Many of these students are the first in their family to attend a higher education institution. 

An education from a career school is a great investment. 75% of career school graduates reported higher earnings, compared to only 56% of graduates of public institutions.  

Career schools also tend to offer programs for the fastest growing industries. Healthcare is the fastest growing field, with a projected 3.5 million healthcare jobs by 2012. This increase makes healthcare a nearly recession proof field, especially with the aging baby boomer population.