A growing number of people over 35 are heading back to school. For many, returning to school is meant to make themselves more marketable in an employment landscape that looks decidedly different than it did 15 years ago.
In fact, in the last few years, the number of people between 35 and 49 who have borrowed money to go to college rose by 47 percent, according to AOL’s Daily Finance.
If you’re looking to get a degree later in life, consider five careers that many experts say will be popular in the next 10 years.
Personal Financial Adviser
The oldest members of the Baby Boom generation are entering retirement, and many will need help figuring out their finances, says The Atlantic. The demand for financial advisers is estimated to grow by 41 percent over the next decade, says Money Crashers. Nationally, a career as a financial adviser currently commands an average salary of $101,000.
As advances in medicine lead to greater treatment options and a focus on preventative care, health care needs will increase. This is why The Atlantic included physicians, surgeons, and nurses on its list of the most promising careers of the next 10 years. The demand is expected to go up 23 percent for nurse practitioners and 39 percent for physician assistants, according to Money Crashers.
Civil engineers plan transportation and other forms of development associated with population growth, says The Atlantic, making them a potentially in-demand career choice. They estimate the number of civil engineers to grow at a rate of about 25 percent in the next ten years.
Computer Systems Analyst
Nearly every business lives and dies by its computer network. Systems analysts set up and maintain companies’ networks, says The Atlantic, which will most likely make them indispensable to the future workforce. However, Money Crashers notes that technology evolves rapidly, meaning systems analysts should probably expect to learn new skills, and maybe take more classes, during their careers.
Management analysts are independent consultants who help industries and government agencies work more efficiently and cut costs. The Atlantic says the industry is projected to grow 24 percent. Money Crashers points out that independent consultants generally don’t receive benefits or healthcare from the companies that employ them — so be sure to consider this when deciding on a career.
Are you planning to head back to school? What career are you considering?