Jobs in Demand Nationwide, Only Certificates Required

In earlier columns, I examined top paying jobs for people with no college degrees; and here we go again =o). I'm not trying to put universities out of business, but this seems to be a hot topic these days. So hot that Yahoo! Hot Jobs recently compiled an interesting list of jobs in demand nationwide that only require online certificate programs.

Surprisingly a college degree is not required to be a paralegal, but you do need stamina. You're doing a lot of researching for attorneys. A friend of mine completed the UCLA paralegal certificate program and, today, is working for the U.S. Department of Justice and dating her teacher. According to the PayScale research center, the median salary for a paralegal ranges from $49,731 to $29,839 (boy/girlfriend not included).

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Occupational Outlook For US Jobs Most In Demand

As we continue on our list, we find the field of information technology security. Our PayScale research center finds that careers in this field pay between $44,928 and $93,806. And, according to the IT staffing firm MATRIX, these IT fields saw a salary increase of 4-5 percent in 2006.

Another tech-related certification is Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). This is an entry-level certification that serves as a prerequisite for higher-level certifications for working with networking and communications technology. According to the PayScale reserch center, a Cisco Certified Network Associate earns a median slary between $80,0723 and $49,428.

Jobs In Demand Healthcare

Digital and graphic design is hotter than ever in entertainment, publishing, and media. Certificate programs in graphic design have doubled according to Mary Domowicz, an acting associate director at New York University's School of Continued Professional Studies. The median salary for a graphic designer ranges from $46,103 to $30,347 (per years of experience).

It's hardly a surprise that nursing is on this list as it is on almost every employment list we do these days, heh. Nursing management is the hot field here. Nurses can use certificate courses to apply credits to their degree. Also on the Yahoo! Hot Jobs list is forensic nursing. These RNs with specialization certificates are trained in evidence collection related to crime, acts of violence, mass casualty incidents and abuse.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Most in Demand Jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor says that security management personnel will grow faster than all other occupations due to the threat of terrorism. There is a demand for those who are certified in in investigative services, surveillance systems and risk management. It's not just government jobs, private coporations are suiting up their own security teams.

Executive coaching has become a huge business, check out this Salary Story with life and executive coach C.J. Liu. Penn State's Smeal College of Business has added two new certificates in executive life coaching, a field that covers corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government.

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Dr. Al Lee


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