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It seems like nursing is the only program in demand, and it makes me sad.

jdusterjduster Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
Law is glutted, and only the upper part of the strata is safe. Engineering was highly in demand 5 years ago, but now the demand moved from very high to moderately above average. Programmers I talked to said the software revolution happened a decade ago, and now it's very competitive.

Nursing is in very high demand right now; it's said that most people in the program have an easy time finding a well-paying job. But will it be like engineering in that 5 years from now, millions of extra people enter nursing due to the hearsay and it's no longer in demand.

Replies to: It seems like nursing is the only program in demand, and it makes me sad.

  • bodanglesbodangles Registered User Posts: 9,185 Senior Member
    Moral of the story: study what you like, not something you hate that's "in demand."
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,065 Senior Member
    The supply for engineering and CS is somewhat regulated by the following:

    A. At many flagship-level universities, the departments are capacity-limited, so the number of engineering and CS graduates they can produce is limited.
    B. At many less-selective universities, the rigor of the degree programs limits the number of students capable and willing to complete them.
    C. Acquisition of comparable skills through self-education or experience is almost non-existent in engineering; in CS, it is more possible for motivated people to self-educate, but that is still rare compared to those who do the usual route of studying CS at a university.
    D. H-1B work visas are less of an issue than commonly thought by people who blame foreigners first, due to most being taken by outsourcing companies doing lower-end IT work (of course, it is a bigger issue for those working in IT departments that can get outsourced).

    However, the industries associated with various types of engineering and CS can have their ups and downs, and the general economy can also affect the job markets.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 15,476 Senior Member
    There are thousands of teacher vacancies across the country. Many districts are still holding job fairs for teachers to be in the classroom this September.
  • nw2thisnw2this Registered User Posts: 2,632 Senior Member
    Currently in demand:
    Data Science
    Cyber Security
  • verucaveruca Registered User Posts: 1,395 Senior Member
    One local school district here (inner city) has 30 openings and school starts in a week or so.

    I won't act like I know a ton about the job market -but what about PT,OT, Nurse Practitioner, Physicians assistant?

    I live close to a military base and their contractors are always advertising for interpreters/language instructors that speak languages from middle eastern countries.

    Another local office of a large international payroll services provider seems to always need people who have training with payroll, human resources and accounting.

    My daughter is getting ready to start her Masters in Public Health and her program has 99 percent job placement
  • IvytIvyt Registered User Posts: 3,531 Senior Member
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 33,915 Senior Member
    There are tons of jobs that are in-demand but are lesser known than nursing.

    But the thing about nursing and other medical jobs is that they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Yes, some medical things can be replaced by machines but we're a long way off from machines cleaning bedpans and whatnot. (As someone who spends a lot of time in hospitals, I know nurses basically make the hospital run so I'm not trying to reduce them to "just" bedpan cleaners).

    If you want a job that will always be in demand, go into the skilled trades: electricians, plumbers, etc. Before my dad was a plumber, he worked in early software development (80s). Once the recession hit in the 80s, he still had a job (plumbing) whereas many of his computer friends were laid off. He always said his job was recession & outsource proof and so far he's mostly been proven right.
  • jdusterjduster Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    I know that nurses will never go hungry. But how long will this surge of demand last if people from a wide variety of majors are diverging into nursing (because its one of the few fields in demand).

    It's kind of like how (during the 2000's), lots of people flooded into law schools because political science and philosophy were not in demand. But now law is not in high demand (unless you're in the top half of your class).
  • MandalorianMandalorian Registered User Posts: 1,754 Senior Member
    Nursing is far from the only field in demand. If you pick a realistic field (ie: not being a Hollywood star) and you are at the top of the field, there will always be demand. A lawyer graduating near the top of the class from a top 10 law school will be in demand, so will an engineer with a good GPA from a good program.
  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer Registered User Posts: 987 Member
    edited August 2017
    Perhaps it depends on where/what you actually study in the CS world. Do not trash the opportunities actually available in the CS field yet. Yes, we probably are drowning in an ocean of coders that it appears can also be supplied for less money from overseas on H-1B visas . This does not define the entire CS career direction. @nw2this has targeted a some newly developing areas in data science and cyber security. I would add AI and robotics.

    The latest available placement report from WPI spring of 2015 is at https://www.wpi.edu/sites/default/files/.../post-grad-report-2015.pdf. This report covers graduates as reported by each major.

    I'm equally sure that WPI is not alone in this placement success. MIT, Cal. Tech, Lehigh, RPI, are probably also doing very well on job placement. It is probably a not good idea to go for it just because it is a job. The "right stuff" requires the right fit. :bz
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 12,724 Super Moderator
    It's also important to note that the demand in nursing (like most fields) is not spread evenly across regions. Nursing is in high demand in certain areas of nursing, in certain places - like underserved rural communities or low-income urban communities. If you want to be a nurse at a suburban hospital, you actually might face relatively stiff competition.

    Similarly with teaching. Want to be a math teacher, particularly in an urban district? Sure, there are openings. Want to be an English teacher - well, period, but particularly in a suburban district with high test scores and wealthy parents? Good luck.

    I'm not saying don't look at employment statistics at all, but field are rarely black and white.
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