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Finding the Right Career Might Take a Few Tries

With the number of people laid off in this country, many are able to reflect on what they'd really like to do in their professional lives. Those who are fortunate to have a job may decide that they'd like to pursue another career entirely. The Education Insider takes a look at how finding the right vocation might take more than one try.

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By Erin Tigro

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Profile on Career Changers

The New York Times recently published an article about a group of career changers. The individuals who were spotlighted included former white-collar professionals who made the move to shop owner, food photographer, entrepreneurial culinarian, acupuncturist, fitness instructor and wedding planner. They all made a good living in their old positions but decided to follow another path, whether pushed as a result of the times or simply a personal desire to change.

Now they all work just as hard if not harder than before. Many have been hit with the reality of less pay, the elimination of employer-covered health benefits and no vacation incentives. They are finding out the true meaning of what it means to be a small business owner, working as their own laborers, managers, sales people, customer service representatives and marketers. However, even with all of these arguable cons, the majority of individuals featured in the article were happy to have undertaken their new roles. Through such trial and error, you may also be able to find your true occupational calling.

Careers Growing in Demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), there are a number of professions that are expected to experience high growth rates - either in exact numbers or percentages. One of the fastest growing sectors predicted for 2008-2018 is the health care industry. Many of these positions will necessitate two years of education or less, with some just requiring hands-on instruction in the field.

Some of these include:

  • Home health care aides
  • Medical and physician assistants
  • Dental assistants and hygienists
  • Physical therapist aides and assistants

In addition, the Bureau expects jobs to be prevalent in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Food services
  • Office work
  • Accounting and auditing
  • Administrative support services
  • Computer software applications engineering

Read on to review The Education Insider's checklist for career changers.

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