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Top Ten Teen Career Choices

November 23, 2014

Nursing remains top teen career choice for sTop Ten Career Choices 2014 graphicecond year in a row.

(Omaha, NE) – November 19, 2014 – Several Omaha and surrounding area high school and middle school students participated in a career survey last spring indicating their top two career interests and top two hobbies.  The surveys are part of the Omaha Exploring Program, which is a career-education program for all students ages 15-21 facilitated by the Boy Scouts of America. The surveys are also a way for the program executives to know which type of career areas to focus on and what programs to provide.  All students that participate in the survey are sent personalized invitations to join a program when one comes up relating specifically to their interests.

The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide experiences which help young people mature, and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.  Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in our community.  Local Omaha organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community.  The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.  Explorer Posts specialize in a variety of career skills.  Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

2014 has been a very successful one for the Exploring team. They were able to survey more students than ever and have been able to create new programs based on the information gathered.  Take a look at the top ten survey results for careers for 2014.  A total of 12,882 students were surveyed, which includes students in the Omaha area, Council Bluffs area, and surrounding areas outside of the metro.  When comparing the results from 2013 to 2014 there are a few changes.  While the top five remained consistent, we did see Photography jump three places, and Culinary/Cooking replaced Sports Medicine.  Out of all 12,882 students surveyed, the number one interest still remains Nursing, which is consistent with results from 2013.

Participating schools will be gearing up to take the career survey again in the 2015 spring semester.  For more information, or to have your students participate in the surveys, please contact Sarah Wisecup at sarah.kalhorn@lflmail.org, or 402-514-3022.

To sign up for an Exploring program, or receive more information on 2015 spring programs, please visit our website: www.omahaexploring.org, or contact us at 402-431-9272.

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