Midwest Teens See Their Future 'Dream Jobs' In Health Care And Information
Technology, New Survey Shows
High-Growth Segments Appealing to High School Students
DETROIT, Jan. 29, 2013
DETROIT, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Midwest teens are wise beyond their
years when considering their future careers, a new survey reveals.
In a recent survey, Everest Institute asked high school students in six
Midwestern states the field of work that would provide them their "dream job."
The No. 1 answer: a job in health care, cited by nearly one in five (19
percent) of those polled. A career in computer and information technology (IT)
ranked second at 16 percent, followed by a job in education, named by 10
percent. No other "dream job" ranked higher than 6 percent.
"The survey indicates, perhaps a surprise to some, that young people are quite
savvy and realistic about the paths to successful employment, recognizing that
health care and IT are among the hottest careers today," says Ken Sigmon,
regional vice president of operations at Everest Institute.
Interestingly, it seems gender stereotypes in the top three dream job
categories persist. Female respondents were more than twice as likely than
their male peers to select health care, and three times more likely to select
teaching. Conversely, young men were twice as likely as young women to select
computer and information technology as their dream jobs.
"Some stereotypes apparently die hard," says Sigmon.
Education Essential to Qualify for Job
The teens surveyed also acknowledged the role education plays in gaining
employment. More than eight in 10 (84 percent) agree it is important to have
both good grades and a college degree.
Also, fairly high percentages – about three quarters or more – indicated
professional certificates or licenses (79 percent of respondents), job
experience (75 percent) and prior training in a field (74 percent) are
important factors in landing a job.
The Everest poll results are based on the responses of 300 high school
students, ages 14 to 18, living in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri and Ohio. The online survey was conducted in late November.
About Everest Institute
Everest Institute provides career-oriented diploma programs in the health
care, skilled trades and business fields. Programs vary by campus.Everest has
nearly 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian
Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North
America. For more information, visit www.everest.edu. For more information
about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the
program and other important information, please visit our website at
SOURCE Everest Colleges and Institutes
Contact: Hunter Hackett or Timothy Young, L.C. Williams & Associates (for
Everest Institute), 312/565-3900 or 800/837-7123, firstname.lastname@example.org or
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