One out of every four new jobs created in the United States between 2002 and 2012 will be in health care or education. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calls those two industries the fastest growing sectors of our economy.
A friend of mine is primed for a spot in one of those. She recently decided to become a nurse, and turned to the same place tens of thousands of other nurses-in-training turn every year - community college.
More than 10 million students enrolled in classes at community colleges in 2004, and nearly half of those students reported that they were taking courses related to their current job or a future one.
In addition to nursing, community colleges have seen an increase in the number of students signing up for education, information technology and programs in homeland security. Many of these jobs also look pretty good to students when they see the earning potential.