What Career Path Is Right for You?

Are you ready for a new career but are unsure of what you want to do? Do you want to make a living doing something you love and are genuinely good at? Then look into associate degree (occupational) careers or professional certificate careers. This career path will take you less time than getting your degree through a community college or traditional university. Most programs will also prepare you to sit for professional certification exams; having certifications generally make you more employable.

Associate Degree Careers are Rewarding and In-demand

You can complete training for associate degree (occupational) careers in only 15-18 months. Explore this sample of six career paths that have positive employment growth:



  1. Business Careers
  2. Computer Careers
  3. Medical and Dental Careers
  4. Personal Appearance Careers
  5. Technical Trades Careers
  6. Wellness Careers


1 – Business Careers

Are you a problem solver who pays close attention to detail and can remain calm in a chaotic environment? Do you have excellent customer service skills that you want to put to good use? You can have a career in the business field in under two years.


  • Administrative Professionals perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an office efficiently.
    • Professional Certification: Be prepared to sit for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification exam. Remember: certifications generally make you more employable.
    • Employment Growth Projections* – Average: 71-13% increase from 2008 to 2018


2 – Computer Careers

If you are someone who loves technology, enjoys tinkering with computers and helping others understand how everything works, consider a career working with computers in one of these two career paths:

    • Computer & Network Systems Technicians provide technical assistance, support, and advice to individuals and organizations that depend on information technology for daily operations.
      • Professional Certification: Be prepared to sit for the Network+, Security+, and the A+ certification exams. Remember: certifications generally make you more employable.
      • Employment Growth Projections* – Much faster than average: 20% and higher increase from 2008 to 2018.


  • Mechanical Drafters prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices using engineering practices and mathematics. They can work for established companies or as independent contractors.
    • Professional Certification: Be prepared to sit for professional drafting industry certification exams. Remember: certifications generally make you more employable.
    • Employment Growth Projections* – Opportunities are good for individuals with at least 2 years of post-secondary training in a drafting program, strong technical skills and experience with CADD systems.

3 – Medical and Dental Careers

If you excel at multi-tasking, communication and organization, you might want to use your talents to help provide care and comfort to people in need.

You can work in a medical or dental environment in one of these three professional career paths:

  • Medical Assistants use basic medical techniques to work with patients in a clinical environment under the supervision of a doctor.
    • Employment Growth Projections* – Much faster than average: 20-34% increase from 2008 to 2018.