If you don’t have a four-year college degree, can you still find work in Sacramento in the field of holistic family health? Yes, if you train to be a fitness consultant or trainer or work in sales in weight management for one of the companies that promotes nutritional products for weight management. You don’t need a four-year degree to work in holistic nutrition as a personal chef catering to special diets or work in vegan restaurant settings. You need a license to be a dietitian, but not to call yourself a nutrition communicator, commentator, or medical journalist. Basically, anyone can set himself or herself up to be a nutrition consultant based on training you can obtain that leads to various certificates, but not necessarily an accredited four-year degree.
You do need a four-year degree to work as a naturopath, but no college is required to become an herbalist or open your own homeopathic and herbal retail stores or work in sales. You do need training in college to become a homeopathic physician and obtain a license. But becoming a master herbalist doesn’t require a four-year degree. You also can train in Reiki and other hands-on techniques or in nutrition without going to a four-year college. Also, you can be what is called in holistic health as a “light worker” in Sacramento without a four-year degree in a specific field. If you want to know more about holistic health “light workers” check out the website, Open Directory – Society: Religion and Spirituality: New Age.
There are various types of holistic health workers in Sacramento ranging from nutritionists who also are chiropractors to naturopathic physicians who also have been to medical school and carry an M.D. or D.O. degree. And some registered nurses also may eventually continue education to become naturopathic physicians. See the Sacramento’s naturopath directory: Sacramento California (CA) Naturopaths, Naturopathy Sacramento.
Without a four-year college degree, you also may find a sales job in a variety of Sacramento health food stores and specialized food markets or work in holistic health by going to a massage training technical school and getting a license as a massage technician. And there are some two-year college programs that train you to work in the field of aerobics exercise, accupressure, beauty and health, and various food and green industries.
The idea basically, is that to find your niche in family holistic health in Sacramento, there are a wide variety of levels from working in spas and in the holistic beauty field to working as an herbalist, where you can find training without spending four years in a university majoring in nutrition and biochemistry or physical education. There also are holistic jobs available at various exercise salons and spas. The point is, if you want to get into holistic health, ask yourself whether a college degree is the only key to economic success, including the fields of holistic nutrition, weight management, fitness, and personal diet catering.
Check out the January 19, 2011, Sacramento Bee column, “Viewpoints,” by Walt Gardner (special to the Bee), “Is a college degree the key to economic success? It depends.” Well, frankly, to examine that column and comment, you as a Sacramento consumer of media and culture may ask the question, “Isn’t sometimes spending four years in college to savor an overview of the liberal arts possibly a waste of money for some students?”
Some people in Sacramento have never found permanent work after high school or after college and are still doing years of temporary work with no pension, benefits, or health, vision, and dental insurance coverage. Just what does a college education lead to? Some high-school and college graduates with four-year business degrees finally are hired for a minimum wage job.
Some work their way up to managing fast-food eateries, and then are let go and begin to seek work in other fields. Others get a real estate license, but don’t earn too much unless they specialize in selling homes to the wealthy. Others in Sacramento end up clerking in a retail store.
Many Sacramento high school graduates work as cashiers or food servers in restaurants. Others find jobs as administrative assistants leading to a dead-end, low-wage job answering the phone and doing spreadsheets in an office that could fire you or deny you health coverage and no pension in an instant profits go down?
And if you’re lucky enough to get a clerical position for the state government, who’s to say you won’t be let go when the budget tightens even more? Is there any security of financial independence in a college education? The problem is if you try to get into a major where jobs may be waiting such as physical therapy and nursing, there may be a long waiting list and requirements you need that you don’t have without enrolling in two years of preparatory science courses in community colleges.
Other jobs at the two-year college level may prepare you for biotechnology careers, testing forensic DNA samples or working with informatics databases on computers, but how do you know that job won’t disappear overseas like some of the animation design jobs did in the 1980s? There’s always job titles coming up that didn’t exist five years ago. You have to figure out how long will it take before that job title goes overseas as an outsourced occupation. The trick is to find a job or training in something that absolutely can’t be sent overseas for someone else–or a robot to handle.
Not really, unless you major in a subject that’s hardest to get into with high qualifications and long waiting lists, for example, nursing and physical therapy. Try entering those majors in local universities in Sacramento or other California cities if there are thousands competing for a spot in that major. And the majors that are open, many times don’t lead to a job upon graduation. No one can guarantee you a job.
Our California Senate president, Darrell Steinberg, frequently in Sacramento also wrote an op-ed article in the Los Angeles Times on January 3, 2011, “Solving California’s jobs crisis – Page 2 – Los Angeles Times,” noting that “our kids must not only have access to college; they must be prepared to graduate from college. In this economy — and the economy of the future — the difference between having a job and not having a job will increasingly depend on whether you have some kind of education or training beyond high school.”
What happens when an average student with average intelligence goes to a state college and tries to link an interest or hobby to a major that the student thinks can be lined to a job? It leads to a statistic. For example, the USA has dropped from first to 12th in the share of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 with post secondary school degrees, according to Walt Gardner’s column.
Darrell Steinberg writes in that Los Angeles Times op-ed column, “As a state, we must increase college and career readiness and degree completion by first setting a “man on the moon” goal of increasing the number of young adults with a postsecondary credential to 55% in 10 years.” Examining this statement, the question to ask is will increasing a postsecondary credential to 55% in a decade prevent jobs in the area of the credential from being outsourced overseas where employers can get the job done for less money?
Or will a postsecondary diploma actually guarantee any given student a job or just the mere promise of maybe a job leading to financial independence for a while, as in the daydream of also maybe a soulmate for life. What will a credential, diploma, or degree do for a high-school graduate in Sacramento in a city where employers want experience, but not so much experience that they’d have to pay a higher price for it?
And what do you say to the engineering graduate who gets hired at 25 and fired at 35 because along comes another engineering graduate who’s younger and will work for less starting salary? Frankly, there are way too many college graduates looking for work compared to the few jobs open that require a college or any postsecondary degree. There are some exceptions. And to find them in Sacramento, you have to find out which employers are eager to hire and can’t find enough qualified applicants with a specific type of training.
No one can guarantee you a job when you graduate college, even if you do make it through to a degree. Back in 1959 when our class members went to college, you’d get out around 1963 or 1964 and find a secure high-school teaching job almost right after graduation, making full use of your liberal arts degree in English, journalism, or history.
Graduate school, for example, at SDSU in the late 1970s still was under $95 a semester for a full-time masters in English, and you could be ‘grandfathered’ in with your 1960s teaching credential until the late 1970s, without having to take the C-Best test. That meant your masters degree in English would almost guarantee you a job teaching high-school or even community college English or journalism once you had a lifelong California single subject teaching credential that allowed you to teach from kindergarten through the first two years of community college, including high school.
If you didn’t do well in math, that wouldn’t have made any difference. Nowadays, algebra and geometry shows up on the C-Best, not simply material you learned in your college major, such as English, journalism, history, or creative writing that didn’t require you to pass those math courses you might have not been able to pass in high school or for some, beyond 5th grade math.
Today, what good is a $50,000 job if you’re paying $800 in student loan payments every four weeks? When our high school class entered college in the late 1950s, almost no one needed to take out a loan. Some colleges were tuition-free if high school grades were pretty good. And private colleges cost around $50 a credit. You could have easily earned the $400 per semester undergraduate fees for two semesters by working summers doing clerical work.
Some students don’t have the interest or the aptitude for college work. Other students would find a job more easily if they majored in subject in need in Sacramento, such as nursing, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy, or physician’s assistant training. There’s even competition for dental assistants while two-year programs in dental hygiene are far and few in this area.
If you send a student to college who isn’t interested or finds the college course work too difficult to understand, do professors water down the course work to avoid failing most of the class and getting a bad evaluation from the students, which leads to the professors being fired, if they don’t have tenure? What happens to the adjucts, people with graduate degrees hired as part-time educators who never earn tenure, and eventually wash out of academia?
If there’s such a long waiting list at universities and community colleges to train nurses or physical therapists, why not start a nursing school within a hospital setting so the hospital or a group of hospitals can train there own nurses, granting a nursing school diploma that’s equal to a two-year associate’s degree from a community college in nursing? Basically, however a nurse is educated, the individual still has to pass national board exams.
If a student is able to pass all courses in the hard sciences, for example, biochemistry, does that guarantee a job as a technician? What is the pay compared, for example, to the starting salary of a chemical engineer? Some kind of training is necessary to find work.
What kind of training will almost guarantee you a job in Sacramento? If you have two candidates with equal abilities and grades, the person hired will have both the personality and the looks the employer wants. You have studies of tall people being hired rather than short people in some types of jobs. So appearance also counts along with personality traits. In some businesses, even your ethnic background may have a bearing on whether you’ll be hired. In the 1970s, some personnel agencies used to mark a person’s file with front office appearance or back office appearance code marks, usually a round dot in blue or red signifying if a woman was beautiful and young enough to be sent to an employer for an interview as a front-office receptionist or a back-office bookkeeper.
What criteria applies today to finding work that lasts at least long enough for you to become financially independent of living with parents, for example? It’s about training plus experience. If you don’t go to college after high school, the high school should have some type of training in the trades such as plumbing, mechanical technology, electrician trades, paralegal work, and X-ray technicians or other types of medical paraprofessional work.
High school students who want to become nurses should complete nurse’s aides and home health aides courses and earn the certificate required to get a job before high school graduation. At that point, they can go on to study to become registered nurses or licensed vocational nurses. And there should always be a way to continue education, so that a vocational nurse with a year of training can have access to courses that enable the person to become a registered nurse. The same might apply to paramedical careers that actually are in demand and growing in need in the Sacramento area.
For those not interested in health care, it’s time high school students might explore other careers actually needed in Sacramento as school projects. It doesn’t take money for training to do research on what careers and needs are growing locally. How broad should training be? High school students should not be trained for jobs that will be outsourced overseas by potential employers.
Should you train for a career in accounting while in high school? Some people feel they’re too creative to be a numbers person and work as a bookkeeper, taking accounting courses on weekends. Where should the creative types be channeled to improve chances of being hired? Not everyone can find a job in Sacramento as an event planner, cake decorator, publicist, librarian, or literary agent, particuarly when school libraries are closing and funds for educational technologists are drying up in some schools.
Schooling and degrees won’t find you a job just because you have that paper in your hand. Perhaps for some, the answer is medical school. But even then, there are the national boards–exams, to pass. Did you ever wonder why some people with only an 8th grade education are earning a living and own their own home while you with your masters degree in one of the liberal arts subjects can’t find work (or tenure) and may be working as a food server, retail clerk, word processor, or cab driver?
In 1959, most of our high school class who didn’t go on to college found wonderful jobs as clerks or secretaries after taking four years of bookkeeping, record keeping, shorthand, and typing and two foreign languages. Some of these high-school graduates found government jobs as executive secretaries after polishing shorthand and typing skills in a finishing school, basically a for-profit secretarial school where they went to interviews wearing white gloves and pill box hats with demi-veils.
Those days are gone. But for executive secretaries who do work for the government and may no longer use shorthand when digital recording devices took over, people with jobs as medical and legal transcriptionists were eventually trained to be paralegals or front-office assistants.
While the private industry pay remained glum, those working at the Pentagon, for example, pulled down salaries close to $88,000- $90,000 annually without a college degree. Some of these people government workers with high-school educations spent a year in secretarial school improving their speed at typing and shorthand in those days when the skill was needed. Today, high school grads are sent sometimes to administrative assistant jobs.
And those who eventually earn a degree part time while working full time for the government may be promoted to policy analysts. But for most people with high-school educations, training is needed in some trade that will still be in demand here in twenty years and not outsourced overseas because your salary has become too high for the employer.
So is college a waste of money for some? Maybe that $25 to $35 thousand a year your parents might spend or loan to pay your four years of college would be better spent buying you a home of your own, and your training focus on preparing for a job that will be around in the future when you start your own family. How many musical theater, travel studies, art history, or culinary arts majors, for example are lucky enough to get their own television documentary shows and travel around the world? And what happens to them when the network wants a change?
If you’re a serious scholar, there’s still no guarantee you’ll be hired after graduation. But if you only have a high-school diploma, would your chance of being hired be hired than the chance of a serious scholar with a four-year degree? You have PhDs working as consultants on a freelance basis, because there are too many genetics majors around competing for similar jobs since the human genome was decoded. How many jobs for college graduates are there compared to the number of actual graduates looking for work?
If you’re looking for a career, make sure you major in an area that won’t be sent offshore electronically, for example, plumbing can’t be outsourced by computer to a remote location overseas where somebody will do the job for less pay. Accountants, paralegals, and X-ray technicians beware. Some of your work already is being done for American companies overseas in Asia, India, actually, according to Walt Gardner’s Viewpoints column in today’s Sacramento Bee.
So you see, schooling doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to earn a dime. And the future for journalists? You may end up writing a series of novels that you publish yourself, but don’t really sell to anyone. The future is up for grabs. Your better bet is to find out what’s needed where you want to live.
For example, in Sacramento, there’s always medical school or nursing school, if you can get in and graduate. But for the average student, perhaps after high school training in one of the trades in demand might be researched. So far, plumbers and auto repair technicans and other mechanics are in demand.
Whether you further your education after high school or not, try to find a job that can’t be sent overseas. Did you ever wonder how the Amish with their 8th grade education always have been self-sufficient, sustainable, and financially pulling their own weight with their knowledge of construction and farming–for the past 200 years? Will robot nurses or robot teachers eventually eat away at your job?
If you’re a teacher, or work as a teaching assistant or teacher’s aide in Sacramento will you eventually be replaced by a robot? Already in Japan and elsewhere, some robot nurses are making the rounds to check efficiency. See the following articles:
Robot Teachers in Public Schools and Robot Nurses to Cut Hospital Costs
iRobot CEO: Robot nurses to cut health care costs | Crave – CNET
Korean schools welcome more robot teachers | Crave – CNET Dec 28, 2010 … More and more robots are invading Korean classrooms to help kids learn English. Teachers in the Philippines are telepresent in the machines.
South Korea’s Robot Teachers To Test Telepresence Tools Jan 3, 2011 … South Korea is testing robots that could help foreigners to reach out and teach someone. 29 robots were recently deployed in 21 schools.
Robot teacher smiles, scolds in classroom – Technology & science . Mar 11, 2009 … Japan’s robot teacher calls roll, smiles and scolds, drawing laughter from students with her eerily lifelike face.
Robot teacher conducts first class in Tokyo school – Telegraph May 12, 2009 … A robot schoolteacher developed by Japanese scientists has taken a class in a Tokyo school
Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot – NYTimes. Jul 10, 2010 … Computer scientists are developing machines that can teach people simple skills, like household tasks and vocabulary.