I am 27 years old and have a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art (first mistake). After years of working minimum wage office jobs to support myself, changes in life situations have given me a the opportunity to take a few years and go back to school full-time. I am planning on eventually relocating to Northwest CT (fairly rural) and am trying to be smart about what type of program I might choose. While I want to do something I enjoy, I am over "following my dreams" and am more concerned about finding something that won't leave me struggling financially for the rest of my life. I am trying to find the right balance of A) something that doesn't require a ton of schooling, B) something that falls in in a solid or growing job market (especially in more rural areas) and C) something I don't hate.
I did well in high school and college in most academic areas. The office jobs I've had have involved a lot of billing and technical work with numbers, computers and money which I have enjoyed very much and in which I've done very well. I am extremely organized and detail-oriented and I don't mind desk work at all (I actually prefer it). I've adapted pretty well to most work situations I've been in (including non-office jobs) but the few things I don't really like are corporate or huge work environments and working with elementary aged kids (though I don't think I'd dislike working with older kids/teenagers). I am somewhat of an introvert and generally prefer to work independently or in small groups.
I was playing with the idea of becoming a certified Medical Coder (I think I would really enjoy this) but I am not seeing ANY jobs posted in the NW CT area for this type of thing and I'd prefer to work somewhere smaller scale than a city hospital. I've always thought I would enjoy being a High School Guidance Counselor but in reading through some threads on here it sounds like it is a real struggle to find a job.