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New Jersey Colleges:
A School for Every Student

Garden state seeds educational growth

Nicknamed "The Garden State"--though no one knows why--New Jersey offers a variety of educational opportunities. With an average of 1,020 people per square mile, the state has the highest population density in the US. With 6.5 million residents older than age 18, it needs a place to educate the 550,000 students enrolled in New Jersey colleges.

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Technical and trade schools, career education train work force

New Jersey technical schools, trade schools and career colleges offer opportunities to achieve career education in a set occupational path. These include 11 rabbinical schools and seminary or theology colleges and two, 2-year independent, religious colleges.

In weeks, months or years--depending on the program--New Jersey technical schools let you pursue studies to become as one of the following professionals:

  1. an electrician
  2. massage therapist
  3. medical assistant
  4. medical billing and coding specialist
  5. automotive mechanic or diesel technician
  6. computer networking and security specialist
  7. interior designer

If you are more of a book worm and want to attend school for the long haul, there are New Jersey colleges and universities that confer bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees, including Princeton University, one of the most prestigious private schools in the US.

Another prestigious university, Rutgers provides a diverse array of more than 100 undergraduate programs, including food science, medieval studies, marine sciences, Portuguese and Lusophone world studies, as well as biomedical engineering. Their graduate programs include such uncommon options as toxicology, professional credit programs, oceanography, landscape architecture, jazz history and research, and atmospheric science.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey trains medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, dentists, nurses and other public health professionals. Rutgers and Seton Hall provide opportunities to study law and law-based professions.

Wave of the future for residents

New Jersey has an almost 87-percent, high school graduation rate, which is slightly higher than the national average. Thirty-four percent of the state's citizens hold a bachelor's degree or higher, which is almost seven percent higher than the national average. Since holding a bachelor's degree or higher can increase you change of employment, the residents of New Jersey are doing significantly better than average, there.

As with many things in the Northeastern corridor of the U.S., tuition rates for New Jersey run a little higher than the national average at around $19,500 for a four-year education, including housing. Two-year colleges run about $3,000. With the number of educational opportunities in the highly populated state, the biggest markets in the area are trade, transportation and utilities, government, education and health services, as well as professional and business services.

Employment opportunities in full bloom

The top employers in the state of New Jersey include Verizon Communications, Harrah's Entertainment, United Parcel Service (UPS), Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Pathmark and Continental Airlines. These businesses account for more than 100,000 jobs in the area.

If these large corporations aren't in industries that coincide with your interests, there are plenty of other opportunities in the state that can fit into your career path. There are also plenty of New Jersey colleges and universities to kick start you on the road ahead.

Author: Angela Spires

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