Many of the articles I am reading about the job market point in one direction: SPECIALIZATION. The more specialized your skills are, the better your chances are of getting a job in the next 10 to 20 years. In particular, one field is growing extensively and there are not enough job seekers to fill the positions that are available: The Sciences.
If you are someone who enjoys chemistry and/or biology, but don’t want to spend the next 10 years becoming a doctor, your best bet might be to get certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. An undergraduate degree in the sciences is required, from what I understand, but the benefits are definitely worth the 4-5 year investment of your time.
I had never heard of this position until just a few nights ago. I was sitting at a hotel bar and started chatting with a couple of recent college graduates who were there for a medical conference. They explained to me that they were in the process of becoming Certified Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and that they received a full scholarship for their one-year program. What I found most interesting was that the starting salary, even in Fresno, for a CLS is close to 70-80k.
It is very hard to find a position right out of school that will pay you over 50k your first year in this market with minimal training beyond just a four year degree. If you are looking for a great way to make a difference and a lot of money relatively fast, a CLS career might be the right move for you.