On August 15th, events at 92 locations nationwide and an online “virtual open house” to address top-ranked growth career fields as identified by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., August 06, 2009 - Despite the economic downturn, select career fields continue to experience growth. Information technology, engineering, accounting, healthcare technology and multi-media development are just a few of the areas in need of qualified employees. On August 15, DeVry University will host a National Open House to showcase these in-demand 21st Century careers.
Attendees of the National Open House events at 92 of DeVry University’s locations across the U.S. – as well as through an online “virtual open house” – will have the opportunity to learn about emerging careers, and the education, retraining and skill sets that are critical for success in these fields. Many of the events will feature panel discussions with local employers, DeVry University faculty, career services representatives and DeVry alumni who are employed in industries that are still hiring amidst the current recession.
An example of a university student preparing for success in a 21st Century career is 29-year-old, mother of three Bonnie Brown, who is a senior in DeVry University’s biomedical engineering technology bachelor’s degree program.
“DeVry University’s focus on in-demand career fields and its ability to offer the year-round courses I need to graduate with my degree in as few as three years is so important to my family and career goals,” said Brown. “I just began my internship at the Mayo Clinic and am greatly optimistic about my career potential in an emerging field that is so critical to solving America’s healthcare issues.”
DeVry University maintains a focus on academic outcomes that result in a strong employment rate among its graduates. System-wide, 91 percent of DeVry’s Feb. 2008, June 2008 and Oct. 2008 graduates in the active job market were employed in their fields within six months of graduation at an average salary of $45,000.
“At a time when American workers face uncertainty, it is vital to our nation’s ability to compete globally that our workforce recognize and pursue the education required to fill critical jobs in the career fields of the 21st Century,” said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “DeVry’s National Open House program will provide thousands of Americans with an opportunity to gain insight into what it will take to succeed in these professions and to keep America’s workforce strong and competitive.”
DeVry University’s academic programs are designed to help meet the career goals and interests of students and the needs of today’s employers, many of whom work with the university to develop its career-oriented curricula. In fact, 96 of the Fortune 100 companies employed DeVry University graduates.1
DeVry University is home to five colleges of study with a deep offering of degree programs that prepare students for in-demand careers. For instance, DeVry University’s College of Engineering and Information Sciences provides undergraduate degree programs that are required for positions as computer network systems analysts, which are in the top-ranked job category for 2006 to 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The number of jobs in this field is predicted to increase 53.4 percent by 2016.2
Additional information on the National Open House events at local DeVry University campus and center locations and via the online “virtual open house” is available at www.DeVry.edu.
1 From 2003 to 2008. Source: DeVry University graduates actively seeking employment.
2 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics, “Economic and Employment Projections: 2006 - 2016.”