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Jump Start Your Career; Complete a Certificate!

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) U. S. schools awarded more than one million certificates in 2010-11, making certificates more popular than every other postsecondary education option except bachelor’s degrees. People usually earn a certificate to prepare for a specific occupation, but these occupations may provide entry into work environments that support further professional growth. Because certificates typically take less than a year to complete, a certificate is a fast track option to prepare for various occupations in demand in the labor market today. The most popular certificate programs are in healthcare, mechanic and repair technicians, and personal or protective services. The table below includes sample occupations within each of these areas. Read more about certificate training and associated occupations in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.

Occupation

2010 Statewide Employment

Annual Growth-Numeric
2010-2020

Annual Growth-Percent
2010-2020

Utah Median
Hourly Wage

Healthcare:
Surgical Technologist
       750 30 2.2

$17.13

Healthcare:
EMT/Paramedic
  1,860 100 3.5

$15.68

Mechanic/Repair:
Auto Mechanic
  5,650 270 2.2

$18.64

Mechanic/Repair:
HVAC Mechanic
  2,450 150 4.4

$19.27

Personal Care:
Cosmetologist
  6,270 290  2.8

$11.92

Protective Service:
Firefighter
  2,680 130  2.2

$12.72

Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services

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