Colleges and Universities in California
California residents flock to the state's beaches, wine country and mountain getaways to take advantage of California's natural bounty. With its famously mild climate, glamorous cities and plenty of activities within easy reach, California is a great place to pursue higher education. Residents can find a wide variety of public and private universities as well as schools specifically geared toward legal, medical and even seminary training. Cal-Poly State University in San Louis Obispo is one of the state's 23 campus schools and provides an education in areas such as aerospace engineering, architecture, biomedical engineering, computer science, and more. Of course, for those who want to make their film dreams come true, an education with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television or the Los Angeles Acting School could be exactly what is needed.
Acting on your career dreams: Life after school
California has the eighth largest economy in the world, according to the Governor's Office of Economic Development, and is a leader in science and technology--think Google!--high-tech exports, foreign direct investments, and research and development. The largest employment falls within the sectors of government, trade, transportation and utilities, and professional and business services.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012), many occupations in California are expected to grow by 20 percent or more during the 2010 to 2020 decade. This growth is expected to occur for computer software engineers working in applications, database administrators, environmental engineers, home health aides, networks systems and data communications analysts, respiratory therapists, and more. Bls.gov reports that as of May 2011 the mean annual wages for some of these occupations were:
- Database administrators: $83.080
- Environmental engineers: $91,050
- Home health aides: $23,410
- Network and computer systems administrators: $82,750
- Respiratory therapists: $69,930
- Software developers, applications: $104,450
You don't need to have a star on Hollywood Boulevard to attest to career success. An education with one of the universities, colleges or training centers in California could develop your talent so you can shine in your own right.