(NewsUSA) - Which jobs will be in demand in the coming years?
It's a question that's taken on greater urgency as the cost of higher education continues to rise much faster than incomes. And while no one's recommending choosing a career based solely on market factors, a lot more philosophy majors might be employed today if they'd paid attention.
"Not all (college) degrees are created equal," a report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce concluded.
One career that's considered golden: doctors of chiropractic.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Handbook, chiropractic employment is expected to rise 28 percent through 2020 -- much faster than the average for all jobs.
For those unaware, today's chiropractors are at the frontline in providing non-invasive, drug-free relief from everything from back pain to migraines to a host of lifestyle issues. And while there's a high degree of both personal and patient satisfaction, the educational requirements are among the most stringent of all health care professionals.
The typical applicant at an accredited chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, physics, psychology, organic and inorganic chemistry, and related lab work. He or she is then looking at four or five years of professional study in the healing sciences that in some cases -- including anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation and nutrition -- are even more intensive than that of medical doctors.
There's also a minimum one-year, clinical-based program involving actual patient care. "That's because of the hands-on nature of the profession and the intricate adjusting techniques that must be learned to help patients," says Gerard Clum of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
For more information, visit www.considerchiropractic.org, or watch this video at http://youtu.be/wC1Nf0prgGs.
RAPID CITY, S.D. â€“ The greatest athletes in the world need a proving ground.
All major sports utilize the college ranks, where young players fine-tune their talents with hopes of developing into a long career. Baseball and golf have minor leagues, and basketball features a developmental league.
The United Bucking Horse Association is a system in place to help with the advancement of bucking horses for rodeo-related events. Now in its first year, the UBHA was created to showcase 2- and 3-year-old colts that were born to buck. The young horses perform with a mechanical dummy instead of a rider to allow the horses the opportunity to develop with age.
Through the 2014 season, the organization conducted 11 contests across the United States and Canada that featured the young bucking horses. Now the top 25 in each age division have qualified for the UBHA World Finals, set for 5 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) Friday, Nov. 14, at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City.
â€śWhat I hear the most is people saying how much fun theyâ€™re having with is,â€ť said Darcy Hollingsworth, a UBHA shareholder who raises bucking stock near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. â€śThere are still a lot of people that arenâ€™t involved in it yet. I can see it growing to where we have regions, and I see a lot of people being up and building our finals into a really good deal.â€ť
Hollingsworth has been around the game for many years. He rode broncs when he was younger and now enjoys watching these tremendous athletes.
â€śThe UBHA competitions are just a fun thing to do,â€ť he said. â€śThere are a lot of good things coming.â€ť
It starts with the world finals next week.
â€śPart of our concept is to keep this as an all-inclusive association where everyone is welcome to participate and everyone has an equal shot of winning,â€ť French said. â€śWe have several new people that had never raised bucking horses that have qualified for our finals. They have done well.
â€śThe UBHA gives the small guy a chance to compete against the big guy and still have a chance at winning.â€ť
The competition is an added flavor to the association. A key ingredient is serving as the minor league system for the young horses.
â€śI see this as being a proving ground for the future of the PRCA,â€ť French said of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the sportâ€™s premier sanctioning body that produces the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every December. â€śThis allows us to showcase the animals and get them out there to perspective buyers at the next level.
â€śThese are the top colts in the United States and Canada. They earned the spot to be there. This will be the best set of bucking colts that have ever been together in one place.â€ť