Preparing Students For The Jobs Of The Future

Figuring out how to make sure your life path is future proof can take some work and innovative thinking. However, one way that you can prepare yourself for the jobs of the future is by making sure you know what kind of field you want to invest in. Certificate programs are a great way to get a solid understanding of a career field to start on a path toward a new career. If you’re already in a career, they’re a practical way to stay on top of the innovations of the today’s job market by increasing your knowledge base.

Why are certificates a great way to prepare for the jobs of the future? First of all, you get to explore or solidify your options without investing four years or more doings so. Secondly, you get a great, focused education that can let you know right away the most current trends in a field. Washington Technical Institute offers certificate programs for students who want to get a start on a career pathway without investing the next four years of their lives, so if you’re ready to investigate your options for a future proof career or stay up to date with changes in your field, check out how learning with WTI can benefit you.

Artificial Intelligence

Picturing Artificial Intelligence(AI) as something rare and far off in the future might be tempting, but in reality, most people are using AI every day. Whether you’re chatting with AI when  you reach out for customer service or checking a weather app to see whether you should plan your run for before or after work, you’re dealing with some level of AI. Sure, there’s plenty of AI being developed that runs along the same line as what you’ve probably seen in sci-fi movies, but you’re a lot less likely to run into that on a daily basis. 

Jobs in engineering, data science, computer engineering, research, and general computer science all require skills related to AI. From healthcare and retail to media and agriculture, AI is at the core of many different industries. Having a healthy foundation in IT can help you break into a career, so working on a certificate in IT is a great way to investigate that option or expand your understanding of the industry you’re currently in.


Another healthy industry is that of cybersecurity, and earning a certificate in this field will help you get noticed in your current role and give you a healthy foundational knowledge of the field if you’re just starting out. Cybersecurity positions can be found in the financial services industry, government agencies, the health care industry, and manufacturing. From risk assessment to locking down privacy issues, cybersecurity professionals are even an essential part of today’s retail industry. 

Database Management

Any company that needs to ensure that their sensitive data is not only secure but also organized and accessible needs experts in database management, so earning a database management certificate can help you stand out in most industries. Banking, finance, healthcare, digital marketing, retail, telecommunications, and the automotive industries all need database management professionals to help them store and organize their data. 

Web 3.0

Whether you can’t remember a time without internet or were alive at its birth, you know that the internet has changed our lives. However, like everything in IT, the internet is constantly changing, and Web 3.0, or Web3, is a term that accounts for the future of the internet. One of the goals of Web 3.0 is to help people take back control of their personal information. Right now, anything you put on the web – though it belongs to you – also doesn’t any longer belong to you anymore. You’re basically paying for your use of various websites with your personal information. 

Web 3.0 will “decentralize” the internet. To put it simply, you’ll be able to own your personal information instead of it being owned by one of the main tech giants (Meta/Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, & Netflix) who control 43% of the internet. Without getting into complicated explanations, the development of Web3 will require a lot of innovated people in a variety of fields who also have some background in IT to make this a reality. Working toward a career in an industry that can contribute to the future of the internet is a great way to future proof your job outlook.

Washington Technical Institute

Washington Technical Institute’s courses are perfect for busy adults or for young people trying to figure out what field they want to jump into. Our certificate programs can be completed in a matter of months, with daily or bi-weekly start dates. Such flexible start dates make these programs unique and much more accessible for our students. Most of our certificates can be earned as a self-paced program, meaning that you can work at your own pace to complete your work, even finishing early if you have the time and motivation to do so. An additional benefit of WTI’s programs is that we offer affordable pricing and monthly payments to help our students leave school without debt. 

Although our goal is to help our students graduate their programs with little to no debt, we also recognize that some students might need to utilize a loan for their educational investment. We are excited to announce our partnerships with Climb Credit or Ascent, student lending companies focused on financing career-building programs. 

If you’re ready to enroll and start working on a plan for the personal and professional benefit of professional development, you can register for your program online through our website. Still have questions about our programs? Feel free to call us at 800-371-5581 or text us at 952-465-3702. Our admissions specialists will be happy to answer whatever questions you have.

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Washington Technical Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning