10 Careers Worth Going Back to School For

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If you have ever considered going back to college to earn your degree, there’s no time better than the present. But not all degree programs have promising career paths ahead. At Stratford University, our mission is to prepare students for rewarding careers through quality educational programs that meet the changing needs of employers and the community. We do this by offering a variety of certificate, diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate programs in emerging and high employment demand fields. Let’s take a look at a few of these high demand areas and which careers are worth going back to school for.  

Careers in Nursing

Stratford’s nursing university program emphasizes innovation, science, and theory of nursing, advancing the use of emerging healthcare technology, and a commitment to producing dedicated patient advocates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for registered nurses will grow by 15% from 2016 to 2026. This growth in demand opens up a world of opportunities for nursing students. Here are a few examples of career options for nursing graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Registered Nurse: Working as a registered nurse in a hospital allows graduates to utilize the skills obtained at Stratford in practical, real-world situations. Nurses typically work in an area of specialization, such as emergency, pediatrics, or intensive care. Hospitals are the largest employers of nurses.


Nurse Manager: Nurse managers run the operations of the whole floor or unit. Nurse managers work their way up from patient care, adding administrative duties as they take on more responsibilities. Nurse managers need years of experience and training, plus clinical skills, to be able to train and develop staff, as well as, handle the business side of management.   


Case Management Nurse: These nurses work with patients in managing long term care related to a serious illness, such as cancer. Job duties include creating care plans that help coordinate many treatments over a long period of time. Case management nurses can oversee scheduling surgeries to suggesting different courses of action for the patient.

Careers in Pharmacy Technology

Stratford University’s pharmacy technician associate’s courses seek to prepare compassionate and patient-centered healthcare professionals for rewarding careers – ready to actively engage in service opportunities within their professional organizations and their communities through health science programs. The employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow more than 12% over the next ten years, which is above average growth for other occupations. Below are some career paths for pharmacy technicians.


Pharmacy Technician: Pharmacy technicians generally work in pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals, and grocery stores assisting the pharmacist, assembling prescriptions, referring patient questions to the pharmacist, collecting insurance and patient information and inputting it into the system, and providing information to the patient.


Inventory Manager: Experienced pharmacy technicians can advance to inventory managers. They work in hospitals ensuring that the supply of pharmaceuticals is the most cost-effective, that alternatives are available and that the stock is in constant rotation. They also work in pharmacies, with the same duties, just on a smaller scale. They manage the ordering and organization of all the medications.

Careers in Business Administration  

The business administration programs at Stratford University are dedicated to providing students with contemporary thought, knowledge, and skills to ethically apply the best practices to new, growing, and mature enterprises. Through practical application of real-world concepts, Stratford University prepares students for the lifelong learning required for career advancement in a competitive global economy. Career paths that may be a good option for a business administration graduate include the following:


Marketing Manager: A business degree opens up many opportunities in a wide variety of fields. With experience, a business major can work as a marketing manager, coordinating advertising and marketing plans, negotiating contracts, evaluating marketing efforts, and supervising the team.


Financial Analyst: A financial analyst works with individuals and companies to make recommendations on investments, stocks, bonds, and other opportunities. They evaluate financial data and study economic trends, with the intention of increasing the value of an investment portfolio.

Careers in Information Technology

Stratford University’s information technology programs seek to provide students with a lifelong learning framework to develop talents and interests required for professional development. Our approach to innovation offers both a broad and specialized focus on technical skills and theories applied to the latest hardware and software, increasing your marketability in a competitive job market. A few examples of rewarding career opportunities in information technology are listed below.


Database Programmer: Database programmers design software that can store, organize, and search for information. You make information such as records and archives easily available to anyone that needs them. Database programmers work for the government, universities, law firms, and market research companies.


Computer Systems Analyst: These graduates evaluate the computer systems of companies to determine how they can be more efficient and cost-effective in order to make the computers more effective for the business. Systems analysts jobs are expected to increase in demand by 25% over the next ten years.  

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