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Old 08-30-2008, 01:53 AM
 
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I'm clueless as to what is a reliable source of info for job / careers in SA. By this I mean, what occupations are in demand, what fields are experiencing shortages, etc.

I can't just go by what Career Point commercials tell me. Seriously. I am tired of hearing the schools spew their "XX is a career that is in demand" and they inflate the average earnings, too. Even the ACCD does this garbage from time to time. I want real data, before I or my partner spend time and money in school only to find out we're in a saturated employment market.

Oh, and if it matters I'm talking about less than 2 year programs. Either Associate Degree programs or certificate type programs.

So how do I research all this and get the real deal on expected job growth and money for the SA area?
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Old 08-30-2008, 02:11 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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Nurses are perennially in high demand. Of course, they're always in demand because it's a hard-as-**** job, with long hours and workplaces can be unpleasant in some cases. But if you're halfway decent at it, you'll never be without a job. I'm sure there is a professional nursing association that can give you more info on career choices/training.

You can also look at skilled labor in the manufacturing field. The manufacturing firms in this town can't get enough people to staff their companies and have to recruit from out of town. Contact SAMA (SA Manufacturers Assn) about the training programs they've set up to get more locals trained for manufacturing jobs. We're not talking about Laverne & Shirley on the beer bottling line... this is high-tech, high-skill stuff nowadays.

Of course, if you don't want to get additional training, there's always waitressing. There seems to be a new chain restaurant opening every single day in this town.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:19 AM
 
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Nursing takes more then two years I thought?
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:26 AM
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Nursing takes more then two years I thought?
No, SAC has a 2 year nursing degree, for RN's. But nursing is one of those fields that you need a "calling" for, IMO. It all looks great on paper, but it's a very demanding job and one that requires a compassionate nature that unfortunately, not everyone is born with.

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:30 AM
 
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ahh I didnt know that... and yeah I agree.. if your not good with overdemanding people then your not good for this job.. I am not sure I would be able to change a grown up's pants....
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:33 AM
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ahh I didnt know that... and yeah I agree.. if your not good with overdemanding people then your not good for this job.. I am not sure I would be able to change a grown up's pants....
Me, neither. Oh, and the sight of blood makes me hit the floor, so I would be an especially poor candidate.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Helotes
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Before you pursue a career as a nurse, just walk through a mall or a Wal Mart. Then, for every person you see, imagine having to change their diaper or give them a sponge bath. My hats off to those folks that have that calling, but I wouldn't make it in the medical field.

There are several job fairs scheduled, it seems like every month. You might attend one, not so much to land a job that day but with an agenda of learning about which companies are hiring and what skills seem to be in demand. Just a thought.
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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Well, I think nursing is out for me. SAC has the 2 year RN program and St. Philip's has a 12 month LVN/LPN program. Both are very competitive, hard to get in to (I've heard), and I would feel a bit fraudulent even applying if my heart isn't in it. IF I could pick and choose and go straight from nursing school into something *I* wanted (not a hospital!)... like maybe psychiatric nursing, or working at an OB's office, or school nurse, then yeah, but from all I've read that doesn't happen. Everyone must pay their dues by working at a hospital... ugh. No thanks.

I still don't know my "calling" so I am lately thinking I just want a job that pays decently, doesn't take too long in school, and will allow me to wear scrubs to work every day. I was thinking sonography then I started reading tons of forums, and hearing that it was a saturated market with tons of new grads having a hard time finding work... plus the St. Philip's program isn't properly accredited for sonography.

I've thought about dental assisting... apparently at SAC you can either do the 2 year program or a shorter one, and both options will let you take the exam to be certified. It doesn't pay a ton but if you can get hired and be further trained as an orthodontic assistant it can be more lucrative, and it seems like it would be okay. It wouldn't pay much more than what I make now doing clerical work, not at first, but I am sooooo sick of clerical work.

I thought about Dental Hygienist, but wow, intense school again, intense competition.

I considered maybe vet tech.. I have always loved animals, but there is a LOT to learn in school since you have to know about so many different species. It is a bit intimidating and again, the pay is so-so. And, I'm afraid of getting bit! Dog bites HURT!

Medical assistant is out for the same reasons as nursing.

If money/time were not issues I'd probably get a degree in Sociology, or maybe English or Foreign Languages. Maybe I'd get my Master's in Library Science. Maybe I'd teach. I just can't see myself continuing to do data entry/ file clerk work for years and years while I take any of those routes though... I've been doing it so long, I feel like I'll scream if I am stuck for much longer.

I had to laugh at the Laverne & Shirley comment.

I just want to find something that is "in demand" that I can tolerate, that won't take forever for school, and that HOPEFULLY, is a job that pays decently enough that I can make it on less than full time hours so I can continue school for other things...

Maybe I should go back to the counseling office at SAC? Like I said though, I think they misrepresent almost as much as the "Career Point" places. A friend of mine has degree from SAC and she is a "computer help desk specialist" and she does data entry for a living at $9 an hour. She doesn't feel qualified for any of the help desk jobs that she sees advertised, ever. Another friend went to St. Philip's for the x-ray tech program and she has a good job but she says she hears from new grads all the time that are having a very hard time finding jobs because there are SO many new grads. I just don't want to waste my time like that. I wouldn't feel that way for a general degree, because I feel that education is never a waste of time... but for a "skilled trade" education it is different, I think.

My GF is wanting to go to SAC's dental lab tech program but I almost never see openings for those jobs, so I wonder if it's a smart thing or not..

I don't know why I never can seem to make up my mind!
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I could never work in the medical field, but I'm glad other people can. Same goes for animals. I get sad seeing a dead dog on the side of the road..
Have you checked out Salary.com? Jobs and careers in San Antonio and surrounding area. Search for jobs in San Antonio, TX
I don't know if you can search by what's hot, but you can deduce that yourself by the amount of listings and the pay they're willing to shell out for you. TWC (Welcome to the Texas Workforce Commission) might be able to help also.
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