Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Report Cites Online Programs for "Up and Coming" Careers

University Alliance has just published its annual "Online Executive Education," report which profiles the top careers projected for 2010, according to a recent announcement. And universities such as Villanova U., Notre Dame U., Tulane U. and the U. of San Francisco were cited for working with University Alliance to provide programs needed for these up and coming careers.

"The combination of traditional top-ranked universities and convenient online professional education has proven particularly important to many people who have lost their jobs in the recession," explained Adrian Marrullier, executive vice president, University Alliance Online. "Whether you're just starting out or you're an experienced pro, now is the ideal time for a career training makeover."

The job sectors University Alliance cited are:
  • Government Contract Management: The federal stimulus spending has increased the need for government contract managers, the report noted. The National Contract Management Association reports that government contract managers earn at least $100,000, which increases with CFCM(R) or CPCM(R) certification. Villanova U. has a Certificate in Government Contract Management, for example, which focuses on the topic of "negotiation" in the public sector.

  • Project Management: This is one of the fastest growing fields in America, requiring skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and intellectual flexibility. Professional project managers can increase their skills with a PMP(R) certification. Villanova has a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management.

  • Information Technology: One national survey found that more employers are hiring information technology professionals. Businesses are reportedly hiring programmers, systems architects and software engineers. These jobs often have salaries of about $118,000 per year. Here again, Villanova offers a Master Certificate in IS Security, Information Security Management and Information Security Management-Government.

    University Alliance is an organization that provides the technology and support services for universities offering online education. For more information, go to http://www.universityallianceonline.com/ .