employment in today’s marketplace depends on the ability to offer
relevant skills, especially those considered "nonroutine
analytical," says Dennis Winters, chief economist for the
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. He notes creative
problem solving, collaboration and communication, in addition to
specialization for an in-demand field. To increase your employability,
consider one of the 10 hottest jobs of 2013. Training is available at
a university near you.
Topping the CNN
Money list of best jobs in America is biomedical engineering, which
combines engineering and life sciences to improve the quality and
reduce the cost of health care. Milwaukee School of Engineering offers
courses in all specialty areas of the field, and a strong focus on
engineering design, incorporated in all four years of study.
students have time to understand a problem before they try to fix
it," says Dr. Charles Tritt, program director. "The first
solution is probably wrong. You can’t jump in too quick."
students have created a working prototype and are well-prepared to
pursue additional education or work in the industry."
In less than
three years, the new sport and entertainment management program at
Concordia University Wisconsin has experienced "phenomenal
growth" to become the largest major in the School of Business and
Legal Studies, says Dr. David Borst, dean. Student-athletes and sports
enthusiasts bridge the gap from passion to profession in a global
industry with collegiate, municipal, club, semi-pro and professional
"There is a
balance between rigorous business curriculum and experiential learning
application," says Joey-Lynn Bialkowski, program chair. With the
Lakeshore Chinooks, a "built-in" minor league baseball team,
students have a field experience opportunity in their own backyard.
"Concordia stands out, and it’s on the cutting edge,"
The Bureau of
Labor Statistics predicts that physician assistant will be the
second-fastest-growing occupation in the next decade. The profession
was created in the mid-1960s in response to a shortage of primary care
medical providers, and that same concern exists today.
assistants practice medicine as a team with physicians and provide
high-quality patient care at less cost," explains Christina
Robohm, director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program
at Carroll University. "It allows a great amount of
focus on cultural competency for diverse patient care, especially to
the medically under-served. "Carroll has a model
curriculum," she says.
inventors are called industrial designers. They help people through
products, seeing what does not yet exist and improving upon what does.
At Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, students refine their
skills in the creative and analytical process to solve problems in new
ways, and benefit from a program ranked 10th in the country by "DesignIntelligence."
students focus not just on what people will buy, but how to create a
better future," says Stacey Steinberg, director of Admissions.
With a portfolio
of conceptual drawings to 3D models and the professionalism to present
their vision, MIAD graduates are "hired for the mind behind the
idea," says Duane Seidensticker, director of Career Services.
specialty track within the global studies program at UW-Milwaukee is
Global Management — "a growing program with ongoing
interest," says AJ Corner of the Center for International
Education. "We are on-trend with the world movement toward a
globalized economy and the increasing need for intercultural
degree is offered jointly by the Lubar School of Business and the
College of Letters & Science to build a balanced portfolio of
professional, cultural and language skills. Students have unique
experiences through study abroad and overseas internships, and can
apply their skills in various industries. "Our students are
well-prepared for the fast pace of the future," Corner says.
In this age of
mobile technology (when our gadgets will soon outnumber people on the
planet), everything is connected, from the GPS in your car to the
Internet on your television.
has to support these devices," says Kim Ehlert, associate dean of
Information Technology at Waukesha County Technical College.
specialist designs, implements and manages networking technologies.
"The four semesters are customizable for specialization in such a
large field," Ehlert says, including wireless, cyber-security,
virtualization, convergence and social media. Immediate hands-on
training with the "latest toys," service-learning
experiences in the community, and the ability to complete several
certifications before graduation also help WCTC students stand out.
A key role on
any health care team is a medical laboratory technician, a person who
is certified to run tests on bodily fluids and tissue cells using
precision lab instruments. They detect illness-causing pathogens,
analyze the chemical content of fluids, match blood for transfusions,
check drug levels in the blood and more. At Herzing
University-Brookfield, this associate’s degree can be earned in as
little as 20 months.
automation has actually increased the need for MLTs who understand the
principles of a test and have the attention to detail to determine if
the results are correct, which affects diagnosis and treatment,"
says Brady Rogers program chair.
more cautious economy, the growing careers in business relate to risk
management and compliance. Marquette University has one of the nation’s
top undergraduate programs in applied investment management, training
a select group of finance majors with hands-on experience, including
managing part of Marquette’s endowment fund.
students take this role very seriously," says Dr. David Krause,
program director. "It prepares them to succeed better than their
program’s inception in 2005, graduates have a 100 percent job
"There is a calling to finance, not just a desire to earn.
Investment professionals are always tuned into the world so they can
effectively provide advice about the future."
A new degree at
Cardinal Stritch University is the only post-baccalaureate program of
its kind offered in Wisconsin. Ideal for career changers, the Master
of Inclusive Education provides dual certification in regular and
special education for grades 1-8 in an accelerated format.
program allows general education teachers more expertise to meet the
special needs of students already in their classrooms," says Dr.
Kirstin Anglea, chair of the Teaching Graduate On Campus program.
"We believe that all children are amazing, and it is our job to
help them be the best person they can be."
Teachers with a
spectrum of knowledge to meet the needs of diverse learners enrich a
community, and are increasingly necessary as special education funding
is reduced in many schools.
Technical College’s entrepreneurship diploma is for people who want
to share their knowledge and talents with the world.
get a lot of dreamers," says program coordinator Armen Hadjinian.
"These students are engaged in practical businesses that serve
comfortable taking risks but do not gamble, can quickly and nimbly
adapt to a changing environment, posses analytical skills and are
excellent communicators. "Entrepreneurs survive by their own
wits, relying on themselves and no one else," Hadjinian says.
is accessible to all in the community, adding value to the marketplace
whether graduates operate their own business or enrich an existing