Q: My son is 36, a UCSC grad in philosophy, with no substantial work history (recent stints as a merchandiser, landscaper, fundraiser for a non-profit) now trying to pursue a decent job. I am encouraging him to enroll in a certificate program such as legal aide, pharmacy tech, EKG tech, etc. Do these programs have good results as far as employment when completed? He really does not know where to turn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. He currently lives in San Francisco, but may return to Sacramento to live with us while pursuing something. Thank you. Diane - Citrus Heights, CA
A: The healthcare industry in general offers the most promising job growth and high-wage opportunities so any occupational training programs for this sector will lead to a positive result. One thing to remember, however, is that even with training, most employers want experience as well. I would advise your son to look into a program that offers paid work experience or internship opportunities along with strong employment placement outcomes for graduates at the completion of the training program.
Of the three occupations that you referenced, the EKG tech offers the most employment opportunities - 44,785 new jobs annually for the greater Sacramento region (El Dorado, Sacramento, Sutter, Placer, Yuba and Yolo counties). The median wage for an EKG Tech is $22.89 per hour.
CareerGPS.com is a great resource for detailed information about which jobs are in high demand in the Sacramento region, how much they pay, what type of education or training is recommended, and where to get that additional training.