Friday, March 20, 2015

How about a certification instead of a degree?

Susan Ricker, CareerBuilder, writes about some growing occupations that require or offer a certification to increase your appeal and pay.

One recruiter says you can never go wrong getting a certification.

Audio and video tech. Projected growth rate through 2022--9% (average). Society of Broadcast Engineers offers 8 certifications. Median pay--$41,200.

Court reporter. 10% growth rate (average). National Court Reporters Assn offers certifications in several areas. Median: $48,160.

Dental assistant. 25% growth (faster than average). National Dental Assisting Board. $34,500.

Emergency medical tech and paramedic. 23% growth (fast). National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. $31,020.

Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and installer. Many courses and certifications. $43,640 a yr.

Heavy equipment and tractor-railer driver. 11% growth (average). Commercial driver's license.  $36,200.

Licensed practical and vocational nurse. 25% growth (fast). State programs leading to National Council Licensure Exam. $41,540.

Manicurist/pedicurist. 23% growth (fast).  License through state boards.

Massage therapist. 23% growth (fast). State exam or one of two national tests. $35,160.

Phlebotomist. 27% growth (fast). National Center for Competency Training, American Society for Clinical Pathology and American Medical Technologists offer certifications.

Skincare specialist. 40% growth (fast!). State licensing. $28,640.

Surgical technologist.  20% growth. National Board of Surgical Technology and Assisting offers a certification. $41,790.

These are just some--see if you can score a piece of paper that will make you more money.

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