What do you want to be when you grow up?

Are you familiar with the question “What do you want to be when you grow up? “ Most of us have been asked this question repeatedly since we were old enough to talk. Whether it be your parents, grandparents, teachers, or even your local Starbucks barista it seems like everyone around you wants to know the answer to this question.

At 5 years old it was cute when you answered astronaut, rock star, or a clown. At 10 years old your ambitions grew higher to maybe a doctor or lawyer. In High school you might have had no clue. Before you know it, senior year has started and you have to begin thinking about what colleges you want to attend. Now that you are faced with the pressure of having to answer that question that has been hanging over your head, you might have realized that choosing a career is not as easy as you might have thought.

Below are three important things to consider when deciding your career path:
1. The type of training and schooling- Will you need to do a post graduate degree or get special certification?
2. The job opportunities available in that field- Just because you graduated from college doesn’t mean you will be automatically employed. Be aware of the job availability in the field you chose.
3. The salary range- In a fluctuating economy, it is important to know what you will expect to be paid in your selected career and if it will match your desired lifestyle.

Take a look at the articles below for a list of the up and coming careers for 2011

Top 50 Best Careers
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/The-50-Best-Careers-of-usnews-2389565045.html?x=0

Top Best Paid Degrees
http://moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/blog/college-solution/top-20-best-paying-college-degrees-in-2010/2600/

Top Worst Paying Degrees
http://finance.yahoo.com/college-education/article/110196/20-worst-paying-college-degrees-in-2010?mod=edu-continuing_education

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