There are more people entering college now, than there ever has been in the past since colleges were first formed in America. With tuition and book charges rising drastically over the past 2 years however, fewer people are willing to take the plunge into debt. If more people looked at the college and career outlooks for their proposed career, they may be more apt to enroll.
For lawyers, the school requirements are about 7 years of full time college. This includes 4 total years of undergraduate school and then 3 years of law school. All law school applicants generally have to have a bachelor's degree to even apply. In order to be accepted by a law school, a student must pass the LSAT or Law School Admission Test. The college and career outlook to become a lawyer is that this position will grow at least 11% over the next 10 years. It is thought that job growth will increase in health care, venture capital and environmental law and become less in civil disputes and elder law.
The college and career outlook for teachers is as follows: Most teachers that will be employed by public schools will require a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher education program and be licensed in their state. It is thought that teaching will branch out as fast as other jobs, about 10% over the next 10 years with the highest demand being for math, science and bilingual education.
For mechanics, the college and career outlook includes acquiring the ASE or Automotive Service Excellence certification. Many areas will hold the completion of any vocational training program in auto technology as the best preparation for the job. These automotive technicians will need to be able to do basic math, have computer skills and be able to read at a high school level at a minimum. At this time it is thought that the job market for mechanics will grow at a rate of 15%, much faster than other jobs over the next 10 years. This is due to the fact that many of the very experienced and senior technicians are retiring soon and will have to be replaced at some point.
For statisticians, the outlook is about the same as all other occupations. This career is only projected to grow about 8% over the next 10 years. The demand for this job is thought to prosper, but these jobs will be offered with titles other than that of statistician. For this career, a master's degree in math or statistics will be required as a minimum, while many researchers and academic positions will require no less than a Ph.D. These jobs are most often found within the government, and the minimum requirements for these positions are a Ph.D. in statistics and a minimum of 15 semester hours of math and statistics.
It is important to do research on the type of college and career outlook your proposed job would have, prior to entering the college scene. This will prepare you for the possibility of waiting for months or even years after completing your degree to find the job of your dreams.