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7 Well-Paying Careers You Can Start In Less Than A Year

Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7 Well-Paying Careers You Can Start In Less Than A Year

A four year college degree is not for everyone. The investment of both time and money in a traditional college education can make the process difficult, if not impossible, for many students. There are many career paths, however, that do not require a Bachelor’s degree. In fact, many community colleges and area trade schools have programs that can prepare you for a career in a field that interests you for less time and money. 1. Wind Turbine Technician: As the world realizes that its dependence on fossil fuel needs to change, it is turning to green energy markets for solutions to everything from electricity to automotive fuels. Careers in wind energy, particularly that of a wind turbine technician, are on the rise but do not require a four year degree. Qualified graduates of training programs are expected to be in demand for the next decade and beyond as job demand is expected to be 108% higher than average. 2. Truck Driver: You can get training and a CDL license in just a few months both at private trade schools like Center For Transportation Safety or right on the job with an employer. Becoming a truck driver gives many people a steady, well-paying job in a short period of time. Opportunities range from both daily runs for a local company to cross country hauls as an independent driver.  3. Biomedical Technician: Anyone that is mechanically inclined and enjoys working with his or her hands will enjoy the life of a biomedical technician. BMETs maintain and repair medical equipment. Typically, most BMETs work in a hospital setting, but some work for a 3rd party vendor, traveling between several location each week. This type of BMET is called a field service technician and is great for those who like variety. 4. EMT: Most emergency medical technician jobs only require basic first aid training. It’s a great entry level job for people who want to try their hand in the medical field without spending half their life in college. You can move on to nursing or, if you have a sense of adventure, take specialized courses later in search and rescue as well as flight paramedic.  5. Ruby on Rails Developer: Coding is a great career field, and Ruby on Rails — a specific coding language — is in high demand. Many companies hire people that know the language but don’t have a college degree. They need developers on staff now. If you have a head for coding, find an 8-12 week course near you and start learning.   6. Real Estate Agent: If you like sales and talking to people, you can be a real estate agent in just a few weeks. Most agents take a quick night class before studying for their license. Once they pass, they find a brokerage to work with and jump in head first into the real estate market. You can specialize in commercial real estate, but most agents work in residential real estate. You can also join the National Association of Realtors and earn the copyrighted title of Realtor.  7. Surg Tech: A surgical technician is another great job in the medical field that doesn’t take a decade to get into. The job of a surg tech is to clean, sterilize, organize, and maintain all surgical tools. They may work...

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4 Things You Should Know If You’re Preparing For An HVAC Career

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re thinking about taking up a trade that pays good money and throws interesting challenges your way, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air condition) just might be the field of endeavor you’ve been looking for. Here are four things you should know if you’re considering this potentially lucrative line of work. 1. Opportunities Abound The future appears bright for anyone training to become an HVAC technician. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates an above-average job growth rate of 21 percent for this line of work, with a median pay rate of $43,640 per year. Commercial HVAC work is increasing at the same healthy rate as residential HVAC work. HVAC techs who work for commercial providers may find themselves working in a wide range of environments, from office buildings and warehouses by supermarkets and medical facilities. If you’re not fond of sitting in the same chair all day, every day, HVAC work can bring welcome variety to your working life. 2. Training Is a Must Once upon a time it was possible to enter the HVAC field by simply signing on as an apprentice and learning the ropes via trial and error. But today’s world of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration is more complex, making use of advanced technologies, computerized controls, and digital diagnostic techniques. Most HVAC employers these days require their new employees to get their training through schools and/or certification programs. Additionally, state regulatory boards require HVAC technicians to hold a certification or license to practice their chosen trade. Completing a commercial HVAC training program is therefore vital if you want to gain a foothold in this demanding job market. 3. There Are Different Levels of Training and Certification Commercial HVAC classes and courses address a wide variety of specific issues, devices, tools, and skills. The areas of study may include, but are not limited to: How to read and interpret wiring schematics and blueprints Basic information on energy, hydronics, refrigeration, boiler and other heating systems Study of compressors, pumps, pneumatic devices, and other essential HVAC components Fuel gas and heat load studies Working with electrical circuitry Measuring and calculating airflow How to use common measuring and monitoring devices The EPA requires HVAC workers to demonstrate mastery of specific skills depending on what kinds of installations they wish to work on. There are three different classes of HVAC certification, plus a fourth “Universal” certification. A Type I certification enables you to work on small commercial and domestic appliances, but you’ll need a Type II certification if you plan on working with appliances containing high-pressure refrigerant. If you’re more likely to be working with low-pressure refrigerant, go for Type III. If you want to able able to work on all types of HVAC components, you’ll need a Universal certification. At the end of your training course, you’ll take an exam with sets of questions pertaining to the various certification types. You’ll earn a certification (or certifications) in whichever sets of questions on which you make a passing grade. 4. Your Skills Will Overlap with Other Fields Commercial HVAC training will provide you with a solid foundation for a career in this field — but it can serve as a springboard for other kinds of work as well. by its very nature, HVAC work involves elements of other skills ranging from plumbing...

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