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Hot Careers

Picking out a career that is a good fit for you and your skills can be one of the most difficult decisions a person makes. There are many factors to consider that can range from salary needs to physical skills required. Here is a list of some of the hottest careers across the nation. WITC's diverse program offerings make it possible for you to get on track for a career in one of these fields.

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

Because HVAC systems consist of many unique mechanical, electrical, and electronic components-such as motors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, compressors and thermostats-HVAC technicians often specialize in either installation or repair, although they are generally adept at doing both.

The increased complexity of HVACR systems, increasing the possibility that equipment may malfunction, also will create opportunities for service technicians. Technicians who specialize in maintenance and repair work are typically in demand. People and businesses depend on their climate-control systems and must keep them in good working order, regardless of economic conditions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects are expected to be excellent, particularly for those with training from an accredited technical college. This is due to a large number of retirements in the field, which is expected to create many job openings.

Automotive Maintenance Technician

Automotive maintenance technicians can expect steady work anywhere the road takes them. Job opportunities in this occupation are expected to be very good for persons who complete automotive training programs in technical colleges as employers report difficulty in finding workers with the right skills.

Persons with good diagnostic and problem-solving abilities, and whose training includes basic electronics and computer courses, should have the best opportunities. For well-prepared people with a technical background, automotive service technician careers offer an excellent opportunity for good pay and the satisfaction of highly skilled work with vehicles incorporating the latest in advanced technology. However, persons without formal automotive training are likely to face competition for entry-level jobs.

Information Technology - Computer Networking

With the explosive growth of electronic commerce and the capacity of the Internet to create new relationships with customers, the role of computer network technicians will continue to evolve. Computer technology is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in the economy over the next decade. The expansion of the wireless Internet will spur the need for computer technicians and network administrators with both business savvy and technical proficiency.

Law Enforcement

The field of law enforcement includes a wide array of career paths, such as police officer, security guard, probation/parole officer, park and forestry officer, correctional officer and more. With growing inmate populations and stricter institutional mandates, county and state correctional departments need trained and certified employees.

Employment of police officers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. A more security-conscious society and concern about drug-related crimes should contribute to the increasing demand for police services. Because each position requires distinct personality types, educational backgrounds, and experiences, you should research several of the branches that may interest you.

Machine Tool

Core machining skills and will prepare you for a career in the machining industry. You will learn the machining skills required to set up and operate manual and computer controlled machines. You will learn to use hand tools, precision measuring instruments, read prints, and create parts using a computer-aided manufacturing system. Skilled machine tool operators work in job shops, production, and maintenance shops.

Machine setters, operators, and tenders—metal and plastic held about 1.1 million jobs in 2004. Approximately 10 of 11 jobs were found in manufacturing, primarily in fabricated metal product manufacturing, plastics and rubber products manufacturing, primary metal manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, and motor vehicle parts manufacturing.

Nursing and Nursing Assistant

Nursing is the dynamic interpersonal goal-directed process that seeks to promote optimal health within the context of individuals, family, community, and society.  The concept of caring, which is central to nursing, is communicated through both attitude and action. The aging Baby Boomer population is expecting to keep nurses in high demand for many years to come.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations; job opportunities in most specialties and employment settings are expected to be excellent, with some employers reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining enough registered nurses.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Are you interested in helping people with mental, physical, developmental and emotional impairments live a better life? Then perhaps you should consider a career as an occupational therapy assistant.

Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction of an occupational therapist to rehabilitate clients who have suffered from a variety of illnesses and injuries that impede their ability to live an independent lifestyle.

Employment opportunities for occupational therapy assistants are projected to grow much faster than the national average for many other occupations, due in part to the aging Baby Boomer population, which will boost the need for therapeutic services.

Welding

A welding program will provide you with the skills and knowledge identified by the American Welding Society Skill Standards. You will be taught welding skills and theory, fabrication, layout, print reading, welding symbols, math, and welding codes. Employment of welding, soldering, and brazing workers is expected to grow more slowly than average for all occupations over the 2004-14 period. Despite this, job prospects should be excellent as employers report difficulty finding enough qualified people. In addition, many openings are expected to arise as a large number of workers retire over the next decade.

Statistics from US Dept. of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

Adult Male Student in the Airconditioning Heating and Refrigeration Technology Program