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

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

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Please Note: This article was published in 2017.

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.

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Health and Public Services
JJC Department Chair:
Duane Stonich,
Website: and
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, 
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. Information Technology
JJC Contact:
Pamela Dunn,
Transfer programs available

With new developments in technology each year, it's no wonder that computer 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,
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

Student Advising Center
Phone: (815) 280-2673
Location: A-1154, Main Campus


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