Pursuing higher education in order to change a person’s lifestyle, living habits or living situation in most cases will result in a higher income bracket, job placement and job security. Pursuing a new career through means of a higher education does not always mean that an individual will have to dedicate a minimum of four years of their life towards an education. In many cases, individuals choose to go straight into the workforce as opposed to pursuing a higher education because of the time that is involved in doing so.

Becoming more and more popular are vocational and technical schools that provide hands-on training along with courses that are geared directly towards a specific career goal. Along with a career goal, many vocational and technical schools also even provide job placement assistance, providing a high job placement rate after graduation. In many cases, there are several different levels and schooling that a person can pursue depending on how much time, money and effort they want to put forth. First is usually a certification, which can be usually achieved in a year or less. Next is an Associates degree that oftentimes will take about two years to accomplish. From an Associates degree, the next step up is a bachelor’s degree that oftentimes takes a minimum of four years to accomplish.

Different levels of education have proven to provide different levels of income. Salary is an important part of any career, and in many cases is the defining property of most career choices. Many people want to be happy when they are working, but ultimately will choose a career that will pay a higher annual salary as opposed to one that they might enjoy doing more.

A very common technical career that is sought after by many individuals today because of its higher average technician salary is that of the radiology and x-ray technician career field. Any career that is geared towards the medical field in today’s society has proven to not only pay well, but have a high job demand and high job security. If people rely on doctors, physicians and technicians to take care of them, there will always be a need for those who have the skills. Employers today do not only look at a person’s background, experience in the job field or the amount of schooling they received, but will look closely at the school in which an individual attended. Employers want to know if the school that provided the education and certificate or degree of the person that they are hiring, is accredited. For this reason, it is very important and vital to a student’s career to attend a school that is accredited to ensure no issues when pursuing a job in their career field.

Training and education does not end when you graduate from a college, university, community college or even technician schools. You will learn the basic, and complex skills needed for a particular job, however what a school does not teach you is the exact manner or way in which a particular employer runs his or her business. Even with a college education, 99% of the time you will go through what is called on-the-job training once you have been hired by an employer.

What about if you are currently still in high school? Are you considering pursuing a higher education as soon as you graduate from high school? If you still have the opportunity to enroll in classes that will relate or tie in to the career that you are hoping to pursue, in many cases you will have an edge up on those students around you who did not opt to do the same thing. As mentioned earlier a common technical career is that of radiology. It is very popular and many people pursue it year after year. So for example, if you were going to pursue a career as a radiologist or radiology technician, it would be smart on your part to the role and classes in your high school years that pertain to the radiology field. These classes may include biology, science, anatomy and health classes. Before you pursue a college education for a particular career, it is also important to really research a career and delve into the many different aspects of that career field.

What are some ways in which you can research a career before pursuing a full-time? There are several ways available to you especially in this day and age in which you can research any career field that you want to. The most predominant way to do research today is of course the Internet. There are many websites run by both individuals, cools and the state that are set up to inform you on all aspects of any career you can think of. Reading is a great way whether it is on the Internet or in books to research a career. However, if you could take the time to speak to someone who is currently or is retired from the career field you are thinking about pursuing, you will truly get more insight on the day-to-day life of an individual who lives and breathes the career that you have in mind. Last but not least it is a good idea to talk to a school counselor, who will not only be able to help direct you in a career but also help you sign up for relevant classes to get you the education needed for that career.

Often times people wonder if a good living can be made from pursuing a technical career. Just as with any career, there are many variables that come into play that will affect one’s annual salary. In most cases, the more time you put into your training and education the more money you can expect to earn. Technical field salaries vary so greatly that it is hard to group them all together and say that yes or no a technical career will or will not earn you a comfortable living. Some careers earn as little as $22,000 per year while others will earn an individual as much as $70,000 per year. It really all comes down to the research you’re able to do and the career that you choose to follow. Take your time and do not rush your decision when deciding on a career to pursue. It is a big decision that will remain with you for the remainder of your life, even if you choose to stick with that career after you graduate.

So to recap pursuing higher education, let’s look at some of the key points that can help you to make a good decision when pursuing a career that requires continued education. So first we want to think about what kind of time dedication will be required for schooling or even an internship and on-the-job training. Next, is there a high job demand that will ensure job placement and job security after I graduate? Will the career that I pursue provide enough money for me and my family to live comfortably? Is the school that I’m going to attend accredited? Is the career that I’m going to pursue really the career for me?

If you can take the time to answer these key questions honestly to yourself, and each one makes sense to you as an individual for your particular family lifestyle and situation, then chances are you have chosen a career wisely and it is one that you will be happy with for years to come. Remember it is a big decision and should not be rushed at any cost. Take your time and genuinely be happy with the decision you choose to make for your further education and career.