With the number of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for Information Technology workers continues to heat up for this high paying career. If you qualify you can use the grant to get the certifications that the employers we work with are asking for: CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, and more.
This is one of the hottest job opportunities with over 500,000 job openings nationwide. Just in the Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market, according to Cyberseek, there are an estimated 6,700 job openings in the local area and the number of qualified workers is very low. Many of these jobs have a legal requirement that you must be certified. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years. Employers desperately need workers who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco CCNA Security, and more.
If you have management experience, one of the job opportunities that is in very high demand is project management. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg job market the demand is especially strong for project managers and pays quite well. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most sought-after credential for this field. Forbes magazine ranked this certification number two for 2019. Other certifications in this field include ITIL, PMI-Agile, DevOps, Six Sigma and Scrum Master
Each year, more businesses are realizing the benefits Business Analysts offer. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to grow at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that amount of growth, businesses are already fighting for every Business Analyst they can get and pay good salaries. One of the most significant changes to this career is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, SQL, Power BI, and Tableau. Organizations now mostly depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence abilities they need to succeed in their careers.
If you already have some experience in this field, you can enhance your marketability significantly by getting your SHRM certification. This field is best suited to career enhancers rather than career changers, especially for mature workers.
Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant
Responsible administrative assistants perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, helping in everyday office needs, and managing the company’s general administrative duties. The more skilled administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good salary if they have the necessary abilities. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks can really help to move up in this career.
There are other options as well, but keep these things in mind when making your choice:
- It must be an approved occupation
- It must be suitable for WIOA
- It needs to be a field where there is a high expectation of employability when you get certified.