Top Jobs for College Bound Students
Considering the costs of college tuition, books, fees, and the resulting student loan debt it’s no wonder today’s college students are approaching their college careers with an eye on the future job market. U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Job” Rankings are one source many students turn to for a glimpse into the future. Universities are also looking to the jobs market to see what skills employers are going to be seeking as the institutions are building and retooling degree paths.
A quick glance at the U.S. News ranking, along with employment projections from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that healthcare professions are not only among the fastest growing occupational group, they are also among the best paying and best overall job sectors. Healthcare jobs represent 17 of the top 20 spots on the U.S. News ranking of best jobs and 12 of the top 20 best paying jobs.
Universities watching these statistics have developed undergraduate healthcare degrees that deliver the education their students will be seeking for these careers. Through the School of Science and Health, Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri has developed 15 different pre-health career tracks that students can use to gain entry into the healthcare market. Designed for students who plan on becoming physicians, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, pharmacists, veterinarians, physician assistants, optometrists, podiatrists, anesthesiologist assistants, genetic counselors, naturopaths, or speech pathologists, the career tracks prepare students for both masters and doctoral degree programs. They also align with seven of the U.S. News ranking’s top 10 best jobs.
To help students apply and get accepted into masters and doctoral programs, many of Avila University’s pre-health career tracks are partnered with masters and doctoral programs in Kansas City, in the Midwest region as well as health professional programs around the country. Some of these partnership opportunities include pre-dental and pre-pharmacy students at Avila University being able to take advantage of a partnership program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Pre-medicine students have partnership access to University of Missouri – Kansas City and A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. While pre-chiropractic students are partnered with Cleveland Chiropractic University, Northwestern Health Sciences University and University of Western States.
The results are students that are better prepared for their masters or doctorate work, and ultimately better-prepared healthcare professional in the workforce. “I wouldn’t be in medical school if it hadn’t been for them (Avila’s School of Science & Health professors) pushing me to my greatest ability, and their constant encouragement throughout the way,” said Taylor Lind, 2015 Avila University pre-medicine graduate.
Along with healthcare careers, the U.S. News best job rankings included software developer (#1), statistician (#6), and marketing manager (#19) in their top 20 careers. The best paying job in their rankings is an anesthesiologist with a median salary of $208,000 and an unemployment rate of .5% The U.S. News “Best Job” rankings are based on a methodology that includes pay, growth potential, personal satisfaction, work-life balance and market demands as well as other considerations.