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3 Top Jobs to Start Right Out Of High School

Upon graduation, the possibilities for a future career and job prospects appear endless, exciting, and perhaps even daunting. First off, congratulations on graduating—that is an accomplishment to celebrate!

Amidst all the options of what to do post-graduation, one of the ways you can get quality training is through a diploma program that can allow you to begin working soon after graduating high school.

A diploma program provides you with a current, updated curriculum in your chosen field that allows you to highlight your knowledge in an industry when applying for a job. In some cases, a diploma program can equip you to take a certification exam.

While there are a plethora of career options, Blackstone Career Institute provides career training programs that will prepare you for a career in a field of study you enjoy while also potentially helping you step into the job force more quickly.

We’re here to provide a breakdown of what these top jobs can entail, why they can benefit you, and how to get started!


Top Jobs to Start

1. Legal Assistant/Paralegal

A paralegal works closely with lawyers to ensure quality services are provided to clients on a variety of different cases. This is a top job to consider after graduating from high school.

Some of the niche fields of study include immigration, criminal, corporate, family, and real estate law.

In this profession, individuals will spend time fact checking legal documents, performing administrative duties, communicating necessary information with clients, and preparing for trials. They may also need to interview clients and conduct research on a specific case.

Our Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills for an entry-level career as a paralegal and covers the costs for you to sit for the Certified Paralegal (CP®) exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) upon successful completion of the program.

The paralegal profession is a vital component to the area of law and helps assist lawyers in their everyday work. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 4% growth with an average salary of $60,970.

This field is a great way to grow in understanding different aspects of law and provides you with the necessary professional development to continue expanding your career in law firms.

2. Medical Billing and Coding

There are a variety of components that make up the medical billing and coding field. Individuals who pursue this career field are workers who process and input data for patients that can include a variety of information such as treatment records and insurance details.

They also work to ensure that reimbursements and payments are processed correctly for both patients and the medical facility where services occurred.

Medical billing and coding also includes processing claims and inputting codes that encompass CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II.

All of these details will serve individuals when it comes to helping patients in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and private practices.

Our Medical Billing and Coding Program prepares you for an entry-level career as a medical billing and coding specialist and includes a voucher for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam given by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

The need for medical billing and coding specialists is expected to grow by 8%, which is faster than the average rate, and their average salary is $48,780, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This is a top job to consider upon high school graduation.

Not only is this career growing in its need for additional employees, but it is a great stepping stone in the medical field. With a working knowledge of best practices and medical terminology, alongside the experience in a medical facility, there are opportunities to continue expanding your professional development and pursue a life-long career in the medical field.

3. Pharmacy Technician

A pharmacy technician provides assistance to the pharmacist by filling prescriptions, processing medications, and using a working knowledge base of measurements, medicine names, and dosages to ensure each patient gets the care they need.

Pharmacy technicians will also understand and be able to apply the inner workings of medical ethics, drug classifications, and even know human anatomy and the needs of pediatric and geriatric patients.

Through our Pharmacy Technician Program, you complete a required externship that provides you with valuable work experience with either Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy. Upon successful completion of the program and the externship, you will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE), administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and included in the cost of our program.

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Pharmacy technicians are vital contributors to a growing pharmaceutical base as they work alongside the pharmacists. The practical knowledge acquired is used to serve patients, and the industry will continue to grow as individuals in the community need to use medical services and receive treatments and prescriptions.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects Pharmacy Technicians will earn on average $40,300, and the field is expected to grow by 6%, which is faster than the average rate.

This is another top job field that provides you with an avenue to pursue a medical career and expand your professional development network over the years.


How to Pursue Your Career Upon High School Graduation

Blackstone Career Institute offers career training programs for all three of these top jobs at an affordable cost. Each program is self-paced, offering you a flexible study schedule that will meet your lifestyle needs.

Depending on the program and payment plan chosen, you may be able to complete it in as little as 4 months, which means you can sit for your certification exam sooner (if applicable) and begin applying for jobs to start your career!

The certification exams included in the three career training programs highlighted are administered by recognized certifying bodies that can help you stand out among employers and other job applicants.

Each of these diploma programs are also instructed by professionals in the industry who are available to answer your questions and ensure you receive a quality education that prepares you for the workforce.


Start your Career Today

To get started on a diploma program, click here for more information on pursuing an education that is flexible and affordable. If you have additional questions, an admissions advisor would be happy to speak with you about the steps that are right for you!

Congratulations on your graduation and your endeavors to find a career path that can help you start working in a job you enjoy.


Written by Laura Conaway

Disclaimer: Blackstone Career Institute, an accredited school, cannot guarantee employment, job promotion prospects, or income increases.