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Summer: It's not just for blockbuster movies.

By Chris Kyle   

Thinking of switching careers or adding some skills to your resume? Looking for the right time to go back to school and get your degree? Summertime may be the right time to get started.

Summer classes are quickly becoming a popular option for college students of all kinds, according to Kyle Brown, director of online learning at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton.

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Summer enrollment at SUNY Canton, for example, has jumped nearly 300 percent over the past four years, says Brown. Much of that growth is due to the fact that 90 percent of its summer classes are available online.

Want to use the summer to get a head start on your education?

We've spotlighted some of the fastest growing careers through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and separated them into three different career categories. Using this data, we also included the most common degree or preparation needed in each career.

Keep reading to see why summertime may be the right time to start these programs...

Head Start Option 1: Health Care Programs

Looking for a red hot degree program to start this summer? Consider pursuing a degree in health care. With health care reform in full swing, it's an exciting time to dive into this rewarding profession.

Degree/Certificate Potential Career Average Earnings*

Associate's in Medical Assisting

Medical Assistant

$29,450

Dental Assisting Certificate

Dental Assistant

$34,000

Associate's in Nursing

Registered Nurse

$66,530

Did You Know? Ten of the 20 fastest growing jobs in the country through 2018 are in health care, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and nursing and medical assisting careers are on the list!

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Head Start Option 2: Business Programs

Looking to give your career a boost? Start the process this summer and consider studying business. As a whole, the industry is showing positive signs of heating up. In March 2011, small businesses in the U.S. added 50,000 new jobs, according to the Intuit Small Business Employment Index.

Degree/Certificate Potential Career Average Earnings*

Bachelor's in Accounting

Accountant

$67,430

Bachelor's in Business

Personal Financial Advisor

$94,180

Master of Business Administration

Marketing Manager

$120,070

Did You Know? Personal financial advisors are enjoying a 30 percent increase in employment opportunities through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Head Start Option 3: Technology Programs

Summer is a perfect time to start gaining the skills one would need to start a career in technology, which is an industry always in search of the next hot thing. What it will be isn't clear, but it's safe to say that professionals with a background in technology will be behind it, just like they were for Twitter, iPads, and the like.

Degree/Certificate Potential Career Average Earnings*

Bachelor's in Information Systems

Computer Support Specialist

$47,360

Bachelor's in Network Administration

Network Systems Administrator

$70,930

Bachelor's in Computer Science

Computer Programmer

$74,690

Did You Know? Network systems analysts are enjoying a whopping 53 percent increase in employment opportunities through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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*Income as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2009.

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