Career Choices

I am leaving teaching after 15 years to pursue other interests. Teaching has been a great life ["The 50 Best Careers of 2010," usnews.com].

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I am leaving teaching after 15 years to pursue other interests. Teaching has been a great life ["The 50 Best Careers of 2010," usnews.com]. I taught in New York City, its suburbs, and the suburban San Francisco Bay area. In all cases, I met lots of wonderful students, parents, and teaching colleagues. If you enjoy challenging young people to think and reason for themselves, go for it. Teaching isn't for everyone, but if you are open-minded and are willing to let your students teach you too, you will be amazed at how much you can do. There are office politics in most schools and in most businesses, but that is not a reason to avoid teaching. Stay positive and focused, and get to know other like-minded people, and you'll do fine. Avoid the naysayers. They aren't your reason for living anyway!

Comment by Gerard K. of CA

A health field that has a lot of potential is health information management. I have a B.S. in this field, and have never been unemployed. My salary is six figures. With the advent of the electronic health record, there will be strong demand in this field for years to come.

Comment by Paul of CA

There is a strong demand for computer scientists and software engineers. As a professor in this field, I can attest to the very strong demand for students with a B.S. in one of these fields. Despite the economic downturn, at the October 2009 career fair on our campus (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), there were more companies seeking computer science and software engineering majors than the number of our students who will graduate in these majors. Most of those companies were looking for multiple students to hire. Companies now start making offers (even for summer internships) in November and December so they can hire students before they are "taken." It is a challenging field, but well worth the effort. High school students who want to prepare for these majors: develop your math and teamwork skills.

Comment by Claude Anderson of IN

A word of caution in interpreting this data. Even though biomedical engineering may lead in projected job growth, the total number of jobs for biomedical engineers is, and will continue to be, far fewer than for other more broadly-based engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. On top of this, the number of students majoring in biomedical engineering is disproportionately high compared to other engineering majors.

Comment by Paul of GA

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