Take New Steps Job Fair For Teens By Teens

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Teens are being encouraged to take new steps at a career fair organized by other teens focusing on life after high school.

Whether it be college, the Coast Guard or cosmetology, the Take New Steps event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Child Saving Institute in Omaha was organized by students in the Teen Outreach Program. Putting together a career fair is a fitting assignment for a program that tries to get teens to closely evaluate all life options.

“Makes you proud because they're learning a lot,” says Douglas County Health Department health educator Julie Chytil. “These are skills that they can use out in the workforce. A lot of them have never planned events before, not having a checklist of this I need to do this many weeks back. This has been several months in the process of getting to this point."

More than 20 agencies, including colleges, trade schools and military recruiters will be represented at the Child Saving Institute near 46th and Dodge and parents and teens are welcome.

For those hoping to enter the workforce with just their high school diploma in hand, here are the six fastest growing occupations with an average salary of more than $35,000 a year:

1. insulation worker
2. mason
3. substance abuse counselor
4. computer numerical control programmer
5. pile driver
6. hearing aid specialist

The fastest growing careers that require a bachelor's degree are:

1. interpreter or translator
2. information security analyst
3. event planner
4. marketing specialist
5. geographer
6. financial adviser

The fastest growing careers that require a master's degree are:

1. psychologist
2. genetic counselor
3. physician assistant
4. clinical professor
5. physical therapist
6. prosthetist

Teens hoping to find a lasting, promising field, the group Career One Stop says stay clear of these six:

1. lumberjack
2. postal service employee
3. word processors/data entry
4. textile/fabric work
5. animal breeder
6. farmer/rancher


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