The state of New York is known for having some of the best colleges in the country, with both exceptional research universities and liberal arts colleges, prospective students certainly have the best of both worlds. If you are a resident of New York and you are interested in furthering your level of education beyond a high school diploma, then you have certainly come to the right place! Below, you will find employment projections based on a person's level of education for the state of New York over the next several years. In addition, some of New York's most popular collegiate options are introduced and briefly discussed.
Of course, you will want to keep in mind that this list is not conclusive and there are many other options that you may want to consider. Recent online research shows that of the available jobs in the state of New York, approximately 59-63% will require applicants to hold a post secondary degree. It is important to note that while an associate's level degree will likely qualify you for these positions, your potential rate of pay will surely be less than that of someone who has completed a four year bachelor's degree program. Conversely, if you have only completed your high school diploma requirements you will only be adequately qualified for about 19-27% of the available jobs in this state.
Binghamton University, located in Vestal, is the highest ranked public university in the state of New York. The campus of this well - known university is situated on nearly 900 acres with a 190 acre nature preserve. Current online statistics show that this university has a total enrollment of nearly 15,000 students. Of this number, approximately 75% are working to complete an undergraduate degree program in the area of their choosing. While Binghamton University is recognized for its strong degree programs in the areas of science and liberal arts, there are certainly many other viable options for interested individuals. Located in Manhattan is the Ivy League school, Columbia University. This privately operated research university is known for having an extremely selective admissions process. However, despite this fact Columbia University currently has about 23,000 students enrolled.
Of this total enrollment, only about 7,500 students are working to obtain an undergraduate degree. In addition to the phenomenal academic offerings at this university, students will also have the chance to absorb many other educational and cultural learning opportunities in the city of Manhattan. A third great option for prospective students is Cornell University. This private research based university is also a member of the Ivy League. Located in Ithaca, Cornell University reports a recent enrollment of about 20,000 students. While the large majority of the enrolled students are working to complete an undergraduate degree program, there are also a considerable number of individuals who are working on a graduate level degree program at this facility. Although the degree programs in the areas of hotel management and engineering are what this educational facility is known for, there are definitely many other great options for potential career paths.
Most commonly referred to as NYU, New York University is a private research based university that you will surely want to check out. Located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, this university is currently home to nearly 43,000 students. At this time, nearly half of the enrolled students are working to complete an undergraduate degree program in an area of their choosing. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits this university has to offer potential students is the many different colleges to choose from. In fact, NYU has sixteen different colleges; their colleges of education, business, art, law, and public service have all received national ranking. For all female students, Barnard College is certainly a school you will want to check out.
Operated as a private women's liberal arts college, Barnard only offers undergraduate level degree programs to its students. Currently, about 2,500 women are enrolled at this college, which is located in Manhattan. Considered to be the most selective of all women's colleges, Barnard College is also affiliated with Columbia University and is recognized as one of the original "seven sister" colleges. As with other collegiate options in this state, should you decide to attend Barnard you will have the opportunity to experience many learning opportunities in the great city of Manhattan. Keep in mind, there are many other vocational institutes and community colleges that you may want to check out if none of the options discussed above appeal to you and your educational goals.
Culinary Arts – You’ll find some of the top culinary art schools in the county in NY. These schools typically are full-time campus based programs that are trained by professional culinary chefs. The schools operate state-of-the-art kitchens and actually have their own restaurants that are open to the public. One of the reasons why culinary art is a great profession is it allows you to work in so many different environments. Resorts, hotels, pastry and bread shops all employ culinary art graduates. The average salary in Manhattan ranges from $45,000 - $60,000 per year. Most schools have training programs ranging from 6 to 18 months depending on the type of training you want.
Healthcare & Medical – We have over 20 schools listed that offer healthcare related programs. These programs include: Healthcare Administration, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration and even massage therapy. Many of the schools are located in Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Poughkeepsie and White Plains. With so many trade schools offering medical related training it won’t take you long to find the right one. We do recommend really researching the completion rates of any medical program you are enrolling in. Find out what relationships in the healthcare industry the school has and how well they do in placing their graduates. Schools should maintain a 65% placement rate on their programs.
Computer Technology – The recent focus by the state to employ and attract high end technology-based companies. In fact, NY is slowing taking over as the top state for new technology startup companies. Most of the schools offer Computer science degrees which will require you to earn your Bachelor’s degrees however you can find training programs in specialty fields such as:
- Database Administration
- Software Design and Development
- Computer Programming
- Network Systems Administrator
The technology sector is expected to increase by 33%. Some of the top paying jobs include software developers and programmers making $101,760 per year and network architects at $109,370. Employment is highest in the New York White Plaines and Wayne area including Albany and Nassau.
Automotive – The automotive service industry employs over 30,120 with an average salary of $42,500. However this doesn’t include those who work in unions where retirement packages can far exceed your yearly revenue. Some of the career training to consider should include: Engine Repair and Maintenance, Diesel Mechanics, Automotive Technology as well as all the different Certified and Master Certificate Collision Technician training programs.
Trade & Vocational– When it comes to vocational and trade schools New York has plenty to choose from. Some of the of the more popular training programs are those in cosmetology, truck driving (CDL license), massage therapy, business office administration as well as HVAC/R and electrical. Don’t overlook these trade programs as they are an easy way to earn your career training in a short period of time.
New York has over 300 colleges not to mention over 75 vocational and trade schools to help education their workforce. The largest university in the state is NYU that has a student population of 57,245 and is the oldest university in the state. Columbia University is one of the states Ivy League universities with the states lowest acceptance rate of only 6%. St. John’s University has over 20,000 students. Combined these large universities offer over 500 different degree programs to choose from in Business, Art History, Computer Technology and Liberal Arts.
Industries in New York
NY is a service industry state where 4 out of 5 workers work at service companies. The state has over 7.8 million workers and has added over 799,000 just in the last 5 years. The current unemployment rate is at 4.8%. Nassau-Suffolk, New York City, and Orange-Rockland-Westchester were the areas that saw the most increase in job growth over the last year.
Financial Services – Currently employing over 400,000 workers it is the world’s most complex and sophisticated financial center in the world. Top graduates from around the county flock to NYC to work in Wall Street in positions such as: accounting, finance, stock broker and financial managers.
Healthcare/Medical – It is one of the largest sectors in New York City alone with over half a million jobs. The state has over 250 hospitals and 12 are ranked in the Top 50 in the country. The state’s budget is causing an issue with the healthcare system and the recent minimum wage increase that is proposed could make it harder for some hospitals to continue operation.
Food Service – over 585,000 work in or for the restaurant industry. Trained individuals in culinary arts are the most desired and tend to get hired over the others without a degree.
One of the questions we get routinely is the rising cost of tuition. One of the great things about attending college in New York is students have so many different choices. The average in-state tuition cost per year is $15,127 without room and board. In NY that is where most students struggle with is living in New York, especially NYC is very expensive. Factor in rent and food and the yearly cost of going to college for one year could reach $22,000-$25,000. For most this simply isn’t possible without some sort of financial assistance. About 47% of those attending college in New York live in NY.
The first option to get assistance would be to get a federal backed student loan. This is a pretty common loan that over 80% of those entering college sign up for. You’ll need to pay it back over a period of 5-15 years typically at a low interest rate. Another option is to find local New York state related scholarships. We see 100’s of scholarships go unclaimed each year because nobody applies for them. Some scholarships are require you to write an essay where others just want you to declare a major. We have a list of New York specific scholarships on our scholarship page to check out and are always adding more in each month.
The third option is to research other non-traditional colleges, even online ones. Often online schools from other states might only run $225-450 per credit hour which is 1/3 of the cost of most traditional NY colleges. Another non-traditional option is to attend a New York trade school and choose from over 100 different career training options that they offer.