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Want to work from home? 5 jobs to consider

Working from home can be a rewarding and flexible career option, and you can land home-based gigs in a growing number of industries. But you might not know where to look for these opportunities if you’re new to telecommuting.

“Millions of people work from home — it’s commonplace now,” says Haley ...

How to change careers at any age

No matter how old you are when you decide to change professions, the most important thing isn’t your age — it’s your qualifications, says Catherine McGinnis, MS, a nationally certified career counselor and coaching manager for Phoenix Career Services™.

6 jobs that call for project management skills

You might not realize it, but even if you don’t have Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, you already may be using project management skills in your current job. And if you decide to become a certified PMP, you likely can apply those skills toward your goal, says Jenny Kirgis, MBA, PMP, a business executive who teaches online project management ...

How to become a CPA

While accounting careers range from clerical positions to chief financial officers, in most states only a certified public accountant may audit financial statements any company releases to the public, says Judy Thomas, MBA, a CPA who teaches in the accounting program at the University of Phoenix® Colorado Campus. “Every type of business can benefit from the ...

What can you do with a human services degree?

If you’re passionate about helping others, earning a degree in human services can lead to a career in which you can make a positive difference in peoples’ lives, according to Stephen Sharp, PhD, associate dean of the University of Phoenix® College of Social Sciences and an instructor in the online psychology program....

5 ways to advance your career as a police officer

You made it through the police academy and are working as a patrol officer. But you have your sights set on being promoted from beat cop to detective — or perhaps one day, even chief of police.

As with many jobs, moving up takes dedication: You need time to learn the ...

Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job growth or new opportunities for employment. But what exactly does it mean?

The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, explains ...

How to break into forensic accounting

Forensics aren’t limited to the world of police and TV crime shows. From big financial scandals, like Bernie Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, to identity theft to embezzlement, the field of forensic accounting offers plenty of opportunities to detect fraud and help protect the public.

Why more women should consider science degrees

Despite the wealth of job opportunities for people with science degrees, there are still far fewer women pursuing science at the college level than men, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Although girls display just as much interest in the sciences in elementary, ...

In-demand jobs for nurses outside the hospital

Many professionals who earn a nursing degree expect to work in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctor’s office. But there are lots of other places where nurses can apply their skills in nontraditional jobs, says Karen Jamison, PhD, an instructor in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus....

7 jobs for communication majors

With the number of traditional media jobs shrinking, communication graduates often must cast a wider net to find employment, says Victor Evans, PhD, an online instructor in the communication program for University of Phoenix.

“I’ve done a little bit of everything, including PR [public relations],” ...

Why consider transitional care nursing?

An aging population and the Affordable Care Act have increased demand for transitional care, says Karen Jamison, PhD, a registered nurse who teaches in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.

“This area of nursing deals with transitioning high-risk patients from the ...

5 surprising human resource jobs

There’s more to human resources (HR) than processing paperwork and reviewing resumés, says Sam Sanders, PhD, a certified senior professional in human resources, and campus college chair for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus.

What is forensic nursing?

Picture the scene of a crime. That single setting is filled with hundreds of small clues that must be pieced together to solve the case. When detectives are stumped, they can turn to forensic nurses for help.

A combination of caregiver and crime solver, forensic nurses play a critical ...

5 in-demand telecom jobs

Telecommunication experts are in demand right now across a wide spectrum of industries, says Liane Monaco-Christensen, MBA, an instructor in the bachelor’s in IT (BSIT) program at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus.

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an associate degree in as little as two years and gain the skills to help increase your job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5 jobs IT certifications can help you get

Information technology (IT) is constantly changing, so it’s crucial to keep your skills current. But how? With certifications, says Treg Gardner, an IT specialist who teaches in the University of Phoenix A+ Fundamentals and Network+ Technologies certificate programs.

What can you do with an English degree?

Prospective employees who hold English degrees are in demand in a growing number of businesses and occupations, according to a July article on recent hiring trends.

The study of literature and the nuances of the language help English majors ...

How to make the most of a psychology degree

A bachelor’s degree in psychology “is enormously adaptable,” and a good jumping-off point for a variety of jobs, says Sandra Moody, MS, area chair of psychology programs for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. “It provides an enormous number of skills that are useful in different areas.”...

What does a registered nurse do?

Registered nurses (RNs) are highly trained professionals with skills that set them apart from other members of the nursing staff.

“The designation ‘registered nurse’ is for nurses who have completed at least an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science degree in ...

Why get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Many registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) don’t think they need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. But while professional nursing regulations don’t usually require workers to have a BSN, the job market does, says Gemma O’Donnell, MS in nursing, who teaches in the LPN/LVN to BSN program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus....

4 reasons to become a nurse practitioner

Considering a career as a nurse practitioner (NP)? The future is bright in this field for advanced practice nurses who perform many of the tasks usually handled by physicians.

Here, two nurse practitioners describe why the vocation is rewarding and how ...

How to set goals to advance your career

Big career steps like going to college, landing your first job and moving into a new role with more responsibilities don’t just happen by themselves.

“Getting ahead … lies in the ability to set and meet goals,” says Kathryn Scahill, a National Certified Counselor and career coach with Phoenix Career ...

How to get PMP certification

If you have a head for managing corporate projects, getting Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification can bump up your resumé to a whole new level of respectability.

Offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), “PMP certification is the ...

Why get a doctorate?

Think earning a doctorate means becoming a college professor? “This is a common myth,” says Ruby Rouse, PhD, a marketing consultant and an instructor in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies (SAS).

“People think there is only one flavor of a doctorate — a PhD,” which trains ...