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Undecided? Choose One of These Up-and-Coming Fields

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 28, 2017 8:26:48 AM

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Not sure about your major? No sweat! 20 to 50 percent of students are undecided when they start college, and up to 75 percent end up changing their major. But while it's perfectly OK not knowing where you see yourself post-graduation just yet, it's also important to start weighing your interests and career options now.

JJC offers more than 180 degree and certificate programs (click here to see them all). If you're looking for a job you know will be relevant after you graduate, take a look at our list of up-and-coming fields and the careers you can land with a degree in each field.

Not enrolled at JJC? Apply here.


Health and Public Services
JJC Department Chair:
Duane Stonich, dstonich@jjc.edu
jjc.edu/academics/health-and-public-services and jjc.edu/emergency-services
Transfer programs available

It's no secret that the healthcare industry has a need for qualified, medical professionals. Health care support jobs are particularly on the rise, with many seeing increases of more than 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reason for this increase is that more people are seeking care because they have health insurance and 
the U.S. population (as a whole) is getting older.



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2. Nursing
JJC Department Chair: 
Mary Beth Luna, mluna@jjc.edu 
Website: jjc.edu/nursing 
Transfer programs available

News of the nation's nursing shortage has been abuzz for the past ten years, and it was reported in 2016 that it was the most in-demand job in the U.S. The occupation will continue to grow as nurses gain more responsibilities within hospitals.



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3. Computer Information and Office Systems
JJC Department Chair:
Pamela Dunn, padunn@jjc.edu
Website: jjc.edu/cios 
Transfer programs available

With 492,550 tech business establishments in the United States according to the Chicago Tribune, and with new developments in technology each year, it's no wonder that CIOS jobs are on the rise. In almost every sector of Information Technology, jobs have a very healthy projected growth rate.




4. Social and Behavioral Sciences (Human Services)
JJC Program Coordinator: 
Patricia Katralis, pkatrali@jjc.edu
Website: jjc.edu/academics/human-services
Transfer programs available

Flying somewhat under the radar, the human services industry is seeing an increase in positions by an average of 10 percent across the board from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to BestValueSchools, this is attributed to the aging U.S. population, more people who have insurance, U.S. poverty rates and more.


Need Help Choosing a Major?
Set up an appointment with a career adviser (Career Services Center) or with a counselor (Counseling and Advising Office).

Career Services Center  
Phone: (815) 280-2756
Location: A-1175, Main Campus
Website: jjc.edu/careers

Counseling and Advising
Phone: (815) 280-2673 or (815) 886-3000 for Romeoville Campus
Location: A-1154, Main Campus
Website: jjc.edu/counseling


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