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Best Jobs Without a 4-Year Degree

No Problem! Promising Careers Doing What You Love.
These times, they are a-changing! Especially in the working world. In the old days, your career position (and your salary!) depended on earning a strong high school grade point average, going into massive debt with loans for a college education, and graduating with a diploma that said to the world not much more than "I paid a lot for this certificate." Most of the time, the major selected was not what the student would really want to do for the rest of his or her life anyway.

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Are You Tough Enough for Culinary School?

It's hard to be a chef. Not everyone has the talent, skills, and stamina to succeed in the intense world of a commercial or restaurant kitchen. Fortunately, you can now acquire culinary skills, as well as test your mettle, by undertaking a chef education at a culinary school.

If you can't stand the heat...
Before pursuing a culinary career, you should know the challenges that you'll face as a chef. You will almost certainly work long hours. Thirteen-hour days are typical for chefs, and they often work nights and weekends. You will find the kitchen to be physically demanding in other ways, too. Chefs often work in 110-degree conditions. They must stand for hours at a time. Sometimes they must lift heavy crates or cookware. Most chefs have a few scars from gas burners, errant knives, or spattering oil.

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Nursing Careers for Men: Job Security

Why More Men Should Consider a Career in Nursing
Picture a registered nurse (RN) in your head! No doubt she is personable, professional, and detail-oriented - all the qualities you would want for a healthcare professional taking care of you. But can you envision this nurse as a man? Can you overcome your preconceptions of the stereotype female nurse? Shall the twain between men and nursing ever meet?

Becoming a Male Nurse Even though there is open dialogue challenging gender roles in our modern society, men are still an untapped and neglected source available for filling positions in occupational nursing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in nursing are growing well above the average through 2012.

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Career Opportunities for Women in Law Enforcement

In recent years, the law enforcement industry has been deliberately transforming itself. Once viewed as a misconduct-plagued industry filled with "tough guys", law enforcement was also seen as an occupation that offered little or no job prospects for women. However, with its current emphasis on teamwork, two-way communication, productive problem solving and job security, law enforcement is now becoming a fulfilling profession for thousands of women across the country.

Because of this metamorphosis, women are steadily being drawn towards law enforcement careers. According to the National Center for Women and Policing, from 1990 to 1999, the representation of women sworn in law enforcement ranks increased 5.3 percent. Similarly, in 2003, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that out of the nearly 900,000 people employed as police officers, sheriffs, detectives, police supervisors, and criminal investigators, approximately 15 percent of those positions were held by women.

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Universal Technical Institute

Jump start your automotive career with Universal Technical Institute.

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DeVry University Online

Earn your degree 100% online. DeVry University Online provides the flexibility you need to complete your degree whenever and wherever its convenient for you.

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The Art Institute Online

Get the skills you need for the career you want at The Art Institute Online. Whether youre just starting out or are a seasoned professional, you can jump-start your career with an associate's or bachelor's degree from The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Programs are available in Multimedia & Web Design, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Interior Design and a Culinary Management BS Degree completion program.

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