Best College Degrees to Start in 2017 in South Florida

The Miami skyline at nightIf you currently live or plan to live in the South Florida area, then it helps to be strategic about the type of career you want to pursue. For instance, aspiring actresses may move to California or New York in hopes of becoming an accomplished movie or television star. Likewise, it’s important to understand what kinds of jobs are thriving in the South Florida area so that you can focus your academic studies toward that profession.

So let’s take a look at the type of professions that do well in South Florida:

· Nursing
· Health Services Administration
· Dental
· Respiratory Therapy
· Sonography/Radiology
· Physical Therapy
· Medical Assistant
Computer Science
· Computer Information Technology
· Networking Systems Administrator
· Business Administration
· Accounting
· Legal Studies
· Criminal Justice

As you can see, healthcare appears to be the industry that is in high demand in the South Florida area.

Why is that?

Well, according to the United State Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Florida tends to be the place where most of the Baby Boomers come to retire. Unfortunately, with age often comes the need for more healthcare services. Another thing that needs to be taken into account is the increasing population in the South Florida area due to migration.

Many people migrate to the United States and settle in the South Florida area. The Pew Research Center noted that a total of 46,635 Cubans entered the United States in 2016 according to Customs and Border Protection that was collected through a public records request. This may not seem like a big number but when you consider the future, Pew stated that the “Fiscal year 2015 was a surge year and was up 78% over 2014, when 24,278 Cubans entered the U.S. And those 2014 numbers had already increased dramatically after the Cuban government lifted travel restrictions that year. These totals are significantly higher than in all of fiscal 2011, when 7,759 Cubans came into the U.S.”

So what are we trying to say here?

A lot of people move to Florida and the numbers are steadily increasing!

While some come to visit and others stay, one thing remains, the ones who stay will eventually need healthcare. And with that demand, it must be provided—and it is, through education and jobs.

Next is Computer Science

There is simply no way of getting around it. In some way, shape, or form, you’ll have to confront technology. Even without an education, you’re going to have to be comfortable using it if you want your everyday life to be easier. It may be hard to find a business that exists successfully without it. Even as you go to the store and get gas—all of that is computerized. And smart, bright young minds are constantly trying to find a way to come up with the next new big thing. Look at some of the computer science degree programs that Florida National University (FNU) has to offer here.

This could be you!

But you have to get the education first! We’ll talk about that later.

Another one of the said better options is to get a degree in Business.

If you’re unclear of the direction you want to go, but you know you want to live in South Florida, getting a degree in Business Administration is the safest route to go. Some may even argue that it’s related to Computer Science. But Business Administration is applicable to so many industries and is needed not only in Computer Science, but also in accounting and the legal and criminal justice profession. But if you choose to narrow down your area of expertise in either of these occupations, you won’t have much trouble finding job openings in the South Florida area.

The Power of Networking Near Your Alma Mater

There are several thriving entrepreneurs living in the South Florida area. Many of them have benefited from gaining a quality education in the same area. There are benefits to attending a college in the same area you want to plant your career. For instance, many (FNU) alums have gone on to work for companies or corporations, and others have started their own business. It could be said that some of that success could be attributed to networking with fellow alums. One thing is certain: It may be a lot easier finding a job in the same area as you went to school than traveling across the country after graduation to find the job of your dreams. Not that it can’t be done. Many have and continue to do so. But it’s just going to be less of a hassle uprooting and relocating.

Education, the Other Option

Then there’s Education, possibly a recession-proof profession, albeit depending on exactly what position in the industry you pursue, it might not pay as handsomely as you’d like, but it’s all about what you want to do and what kind of career you find rewarding.

But first, you need to get the right kind of education in order to be considered for such positions. FNU offers degree programs in all of these industries. As a regionally accredited university, we provide our students with the opportunity to earn their education through virtual classes online or on any one of our two campuses in Miami and Hialeah.

View our online catalog of degree programs here.

Interested in earning your college degree online? Here’s a list of virtual online degree programs here.

Think You Can’t Afford It?

FNU can help you with realizing your dreams of getting a college education through the help of our financial aid office. Our team will assist you in getting all the funding you need to pay for your tuition, so don’t let that stop you! Contact an FNU advisor today to start the admission’s process now.