Military Spouse Magazine

MAR 2019

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G O O D A D V I C E Think About Trying a Trade! Check out these growing fields! By Janine Boldrin, Managing Editor Do you want to go back to school, but can't commit to the cost or time that comes with getting a four-year degree? Try exploring the jobs you can get by going to trade school or by getting an associate degree. Here are 5 jobs that are worth considering. DENTAL HYGIENIST Clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases, and provide preventive dental care. MEDIAN PAY: $74,070 per year EDUCATION REQUIRE- MENTS: Associate degree JOB OUTLOOK: Growing faster than average Wherever the military chooses to send you, people will always need their teeth cleaned and cared-for, making this pearly-white profession a good match for military spouses. One chal- lenge can be transitioning your license when you move and varying state requirements. But a growing number of military spouses are finding long-term careers in this profession. MEDICAL ASSISTANT Complete administrative and clinical tasks in healthcare facilities. Median Pay: $32,480 per year EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: High school degree with on-the-job training JOB OUTLOOK: Growing much faster than average Healthcare is a field that will just continue to grow and, along with it, a ton of patient paperwork and medical inprocessing will need to be com- pleted. Working in this profession will also expose you to other higher-paying jobs in the healthcare field that you may want to pursue, while putting the money in your pocket that you need now. There are 30 million jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 per year that don't require bachelor's degrees, according to the Georgetown Center on Edu- cation and the Workforce. 1 2 Main photo by Andre Hunter Photo by Chris Liveranti Photo by Angel Murillo Photo by Jordan Whitfield A higher proportion of students who earn an occupational credential are employed versus those who earn an academic credential, according to the National Center for Education Studies. 32 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / MARCH 2019

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