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The four fastest–growing areas in the service sector include:
Health Care
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the health care sector alone will add nearly 4.5 million jobs to the economy by 2016. The greying of the baby boom generation will drive a need for medical personnel, both at the highest level–doctors, surgeons, and related highly–skilled practitioners–as well as administrators, care givers, and technicians. Jobs that support the work of doctors and nurses are relatively easy to train for. In some cases, a two–year associate degree can help open the door to one of these medical careers:
  • Personal and home care aides
  • Medical assistants
  • Nursing home aides
  • Veterinary technicians and assistants
  • Physical therapy assistants
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Surgical technologists
1.4 million jobs in education is expected to arrive in the next five to ten years. The same with medical careers you don’t necessarily have to be a doctor to be in that industry, in education there are other jobs that make up the sector which include:
  • Teacher’s aides
  • Pre–school workers
  • Special needs teachers
  • Administrative support personnel
  • Library personnel
In some cases, workers who already have a bachelor’s degree in one subject can qualify as teachers by taking their state’s teacher qualification exam. Other states will require more course work. Several online degree and credentialing programs exist that can help you make the move into an education–oriented career.
Information Technology
Although outsourcing of manpower is rampant nowadays, there are many jobs in the technology sector that must stay in the United States. These jobs, which frequently require a bachelor’s degree, is expected to grow in the near future. Job titles include:
  • Network systems analyst
  • Data communication analysts
  • Computer application engineers
  • Computer systems software engineers
  • Network administrators
  • Systems administrators
Aside from these back–office technology positions, there is an increasing demand for digital media professionals, such as animators and graphic designers. All of these professions can be trained for online.
Fashion and Beauty
Personal care is one of the mainstays of the service economy, and this sector will experience steady growth through 2016. This industry consists of professional make–up artists who work with performers, skin care specialists, and fashion designers who can command a good salary. Marketing professionals whose training focuses on fashion and retail can also benefit from the growth in this industry. Students who are into these type of jobs will benefit most from a blended learning approach that combines distance learning with physical campus experience.

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