When looking for a career path that ensures stability AND happiness, it can feel like an impossible task. If you’re unsure of your passions, you may as well check out career employment rates as a starting point. Careers with the lowest unemployment rates typically fall into niche categories of education and science. Here are some examples of careers that are in high demand after graduation:
1. Adult Education
Some schools may offer Adult Education as a concentration for Secondary Education majors. Most of the time, adult education classes occur in the evenings or on the weekends (considering most adults work day jobs during the week). If you enjoy teaching, but prefer helping adults, this may be the path for you!
Atsrophysics applies principles of physics and chemistry to study the structure, properties, and behavior of stars, galaxies, planets, and other things in the universe. Other sciences that are closely related to this subject include astronomy and cosmology.
Geology is the study of the Earth’s physical structures, substances, and processes. This includes fossils, gemstones, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more. Because this major covers so many different topics, you can see there is tons of room for specialization!
Nursing programs cover all different sciences including basic nutrition, chemistry, psychology, human anatomy, physiology, human development, microbiology, and more! There are also so many different TYPES of nurses out there… You can become a registered nurse, travel nurse, nurse practitioner, operating room nurse, and so on. All in all, you will learn techniques and procedures for promoting health, and providing care for all different individuals.
5. Elementary Education
Elementary education is typically the first step of formal education, coming after preschool and before secondary (middle and high) school. Elementary Education majors train and prepare to teach all subject matters to children in primary schools (Kindergarten to 8th grade, depending on the school and state regulations).
6. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Students who major in communication sciences and disorders prepare for careers that involve diagnosing and treating all kinds of hearing and speech disorders in children, elderly, or patients who have suffered from speech or hearing trauma. Communication sciences and disorders majors are needed in all different industries including health care, medicine, research, and education.
7. Exceptional Education
Exceptional education may be a possible concentration for both elementary education and secondary education majors depending on the age of students you hope to work with. This particular branch of education requires ample amounts of compassion and patience for students who have all different abilities.
8. Natural Resource Conservation
Calling all environmentalists! Natural resource conservation is all about helping our planet and conserving coal, oil, trees, and so on. You will learn to problem solve and come up with renewable resource solutions. Some of the classes you can expect to take include ecology, biology, forest resource measurement, climate change, plant resources, and more!
9. Civil Engineering
Civil engineering is all about planning, designing, and supervising construction and upkeep of building structures and infrastructure. This includes roads, bridges, railways, harbours, dams, airports, power plants, irrigation projects, and sewers. This can be a great direction for people interested in architecture, problem solving, and making lives easier for all people!
Pharmacists learn all about medication: preparing medication, providing assistance and instructions for taking medication, and managing pharmacy clinical and business operations. Pharmacy majors enroll in required science classes such as chemistry (both general and organic), laboratory classes, biology, statistics, microbiology, physiology, and physics.
11. Computer Science
Computer science majors understand the ins and outs of computers, can program them to do all kinds of useful stuff, and know how to troubleshoot errors. There are a lot of nuanced fields in CS like cybersecurity, software development, and so on.
If you excel at both biology and chemistry… hello, biochemistry! Biochemistry majors delve into the study of living systems and all the chemical processes that come with that. (Think: fundamental chemical substances and reactions, chemical pathways, and information transfer systems).
Of course, doing what you love is the most important factor to consider when choosing your path. But sometimes class registration deadlines are around the corner and our hearts don’t have a defined sense of direction. Knowing that your career path will have relevance to employers in the future may be all the direction you need to discover your passions. Happy exploring!