Fields of Interest

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The information below provides a good starting point and summarizes pertinent topics to consider when deciding on a career. 

We will provide a summary by some of the more popular occupational groups. Rather than overloading you with information on our site, we will provide links to explore topics by the fields we have chosen including: 

  • what they do; 
  • work environment; 
  • how to become “one” skilled in a particular field; 
  • pay; 
  • job outlook; 
  • state and area data;
  • similar occupations

The information provided is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Arts and Design Occupations

Workers in this group create products and concepts that have practical or aesthetic purposes.

These occupations include but not limited to

  • Art Directors;
  • Craft and Fine Artists;
  • Fashion Designers;
  • Floral Designers;
  • Graphic Designers;
  • Industrial Designers;
  • Interior Designers;
  • Special Effects and Animators

Overall employment in arts and design occupations is projected to grow 2% from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations. Although slow, the increase is expected to result in about 20,500 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 94,500 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $48,220 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Link for more detailed information on the specific course of study: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/home.htm

Business and Financial Occupations

In these occupations, workers are involved in day-to-day activities of running a business or with matters related to money

These occupations include but not limited to: 

  • Accountants and Auditors; 
  • Budget Analysts; 
  • Claims Adjusters; 
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists; 
  • Cost Estimators; 
  • Financial Analysts; 
  • Human Resource Specialists; 
  • Market Research Analysts; 
  • Marketing Managers; 
  • Project Management Specialists; 
  • Purchasing Managers and Training Specialists.  

Overall employment in business and financial occupations is projected to grow 7% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This increase is expected to result in about 715,100 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 980,200 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $76,570 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.


Link for more detailed information on the specific course of study: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

In these occupations, workers prepare and organize documents, track products, and provide information to the public.

These occupations include but not limited to: 

  • Bill and Account Collectors; 
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks; 
  • Customer Service Representatives; 
  • Desktop Publishers; 
  • Financial Clerks; 
  • General Office Clerks; 
  • Information Clerks; 
  • Material Recording Clerks;
  • Administrative Assistants. 

Overall employment in office and administrative support occupations is projected to decline 4% from 2021 to 2031, resulting in a decrease of about 880,800 jobs over the decade. Despite declining employment, opportunities are expected to arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 2.2 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $38,050 in May 2021, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Link for more detailed information on the specific course of study: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/home.htm

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

These workers create or support computer applications, systems, and networks.

These occupations include but not limited to: 

  • Computer Support Specialists; 
  • Information Security Analysts (including Cyber-security); 
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators; 
  • Web Developers and Digital Designers; 
  • Software Developers: 
  • Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers; 
  • Database Administrators and Architects; 
  • Computer Network Architects:
  • Computer Programmers;

Overall employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. This increase is expected to result in about 682,800 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 418,500 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $97,430 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Link for more detailed information on the specific course of study: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm

Healthcare Occupations (including Nursing)

Workers in these occupations help clients maintain and improve wellbeing.

Occupations include but not limited to:

  • Medical Records Specialists (includes Medical Billing and Coding); 
  • Medical Assistants; 
  • Pharmacy Technicians; 
  • Registered Nurses; Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses; 
  • Nursing Assistants; 
  • Medical Sonographers; 
  • Massage Therapists; 
  • Dental Assistants;  
  • Clinical Lab Technicians.

Overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. This increase is expected to result in about 2 million new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $75,040 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760; healthcare support occupations (such as home health and personal care aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $29,880 in May 2021, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations.

Protective Services

This group includes workers who provide public safety.

These occupations include but not limited to: 

  • Private Detectives and Investigators (Includes Criminal Justice); 
  • Security Guards:
  • Correctional Officers.  

Overall employment in protective service occupations is projected to grow 2% from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations. Although slow, the increase is expected to result in about 72,600 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 421,500 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $46,590 in May 2021, which was slightly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Link for more detailed information on the specific course of study: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/home.htm

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

These workers set up, take care of, and fix many types of goods and equipment.

Occupations include but not limited to: 

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics; 
  • Electrical and Electronic Installers and Repairers (includes Electricians); 
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration;
  • Wind Turbine Technicians

Overall employment in installation, maintenance, and repair occupations is projected to grow 5% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 304,000 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 628,200 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $47,940 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Link for more detailed information on the specific course of study: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/home.htm