To Degree or Not Degree – That Is The Question

If you’re planning your future career – or thinking about making a career change – it pays to know whether or not you need a degree for the job you’re eyeing.

By Jennifer Berry

With the price of education continuing to rise and the jobs outlook still a bit foggy, anyone choosing to pursue a college degree should be asking themselves one question: How valuable is a degree for the career I want?

“It depends on the industry,” says Hallie Crawford, founder and certified coach at Create Your Career Path, a career coaching firm. “For medical professions, a degree is absolutely required. For marketing, not as much.”

But how will you know if your dream career requires a degree?

Nancy Ancowitz, business communication coach and author of “Self Promotion for Introverts,” recommends that you “reach out to people already employed in the career you’re interested in.”

Your professional network is a good starting point, but if you’re still having trouble finding good advice, ask a career expert.
Don’t know any? Fortunately, we’ve talked to two for you. Keep reading to get the skinny on whether or not you need a degree to prepare to pursue these seven popular careers.

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In-Demand Careers with a Bright Future

Wondering which careers will be around next year and beyond? Check out five careers projected to experience fast growth from 2010 to 2020.

By Terence Loose

If you’re thinking of going back to school to prepare for a new career, we’re betting you’d prefer if that career was still around in three to five years.

After all, with school being an investment of both time and money, it’s probably a good idea to pick a field with a bright future.

To help, we looked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s job growth projections from 2010 to 2020. Since total U.S. employment is projected to increase by 14 percent, we only picked occupations with a projected growth rate double that – at 28 percent – or more.

From there, we sought the advice of Susan Heathfield, a management consultant and About.com’s Guide to Human Resources.

Keep reading to learn more about five careers with a favorable employment forecast.

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