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Educational Therapy Job Outlook in North Dakota

If you are a North Dakota resident and you have an interest in becoming an educational therapist, then you're likely concerned about what the current job market looks like and, perhaps even more importantly, the job outlook for the future. You'll be happy to know that you have absolutely nothing to worry about, as long as you are fully qualified to work in the field. Even in a time where people across all professions are getting laid off left and right, the educational therapy field is still going strong. In fact, there are many positions that are constantly open throughout the state, because there simply aren't enough qualified professionals to fill them. This means that when the right person is hired, he or she can be sure to enjoy excellent job security, as well as very lucrative pay, not to mention a job that most feel is extremely personally rewarding.

Of course, as mentioned above, not just anyone can expect to waltz in and take one of these great jobs. If you want to have a job with such great security and pay, then you're going to need to put in some work upfront. Educational therapists, including those who work even the most entry level positions, have to be extremely well qualified and knowledgeable about what it is they do. After all, they are working and directly interfering in people's lives; that isn't something that can be treated at all lightly!

It is for this reason, that at least a bachelor's degree is required to work in the field in any capacity. That means that an associate's degree program is probably not for you. Associate's degree programs are only good for those on a tight budget or with other responsibilities or complications that make traditional schooling difficult or impossible. Even then, the credits earned while pursuing the associate's degree must eventually be transferred to at least an accredited bachelor's degree program in order to be of use. On their own, associate's degrees won't do you a bit of good in this field, no matter what you may hear or are promised.

In fact, even bachelor's degrees can only earn you the most entry level, basic positions in the field. You cannot actually be a "therapist" with only a bachelor's degree. After all, this degree is earned in only four years and is somewhat general. However, a bachelor's degree is necessary to progress to higher levels of education, such as the master's degree and the coveted PhD.

A master's degree is the degree held by the vast majority of professionals working in the educational therapy field. With this degree, you can become an actual "therapist," and you can seek accreditation and/or licensure if desired or necessary or your line of work. Master's degree programs are completed in around one to three years, and are usually designed specifically for working adults who have other responsibilities and commitments to attend to as well. Also keep in mind that your undergraduate degree does not have to be related to educational therapy in order for you to be accepted to a master's degree program in the field.

After receiving a master's degree, you can, if you wish, go on to earn your PhD. Do be aware, however, that you should never enter into this degree program lightly. Earning a PhD can take as long as seven or eight years, and the work load is very intense. However, earning one of these degrees will indefinitely lead to the highest possible salary, as well as access to basically any position that you desire.