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San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

No matter which direction the economy heads this year, health care will continue to be one of the nations top success stories. In a U.S. News and World Report story titled Whats in Store for Jobs in 2012? the article states healthcare employment will continue to grow in 2012, possibly even more rapidly than it did in 2011, as the population continues to age and require more medical attention.

With health care being such an in-demand occupation, San Diego State Universitys College of Extended Studies offers both in-class and online professional health care certificate and certification programs for individuals to prepare for these lucrative careers.

I would recommend this class to anyone and everyone. I even tell a lot of nurses, You should take this class. You could actually afford it. Get certified. Why not, if its what you want to do? said former EKG Technician Certification student Linda Weygandt, who works at a San Diego-area hospital. Im really excited that Ive taken the class. When I talk about it, I feel really proud about the knowledge Ive gained from it.

Such knowledge can certainly lead to a new or enhanced job, since more than 20 percent of the U.S. job growth is in health care, according to the U.S. News and World Report article. The story emphasizes that according to Labor Department figures, from November 2010 to November 2011, healthcare and social assistance added 346,000 jobs, accounting for more than one-fifth of total U.S. job growth.

An article in The Atlantic titled Americas 10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Shrinking) Jobs, also emphasizes the health care trend: Overall, eight of the 30 top-growing occupations are connected with medicine and personal care. From richly paid surgeons to low-wage home health aides, those eight occupations are expected to add more than 3 million jobs the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the United States to gain 20.4 million new jobs overall by 2020.

In responding to this vital need for health care workers, SDSUs College of Extended Studies has programs that will qualify students to enter the health care field in as little as six months. These courses are hands-on and teach practical and needed skills, and are scheduled for working adults and taught by industry experts. Most courses are offered online, giving students 24/7 access to their classes whenever they have an available computer.

The College is an approved provider for education-to-career funding through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits. For more information on eligibility, call (619) 594-3047.

SDSUs College of Extended Studies offers training in the growing pharmacy technician field. The College also prepares individuals for health care occupations through such courses as administrative medical specialist with medical billing and coding, and electronic health record management.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth of 9-18% for dietitians and nutritionists from 2008-18. SDSUs Extended Studies offers an Online Nutrition Certificate program with courses such as Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance as well as Public Nutrition and Wellness Education through the Online Professional Certificate program in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports.

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