Learning a new business skill is an excellent way to break into an industry, make yourself more attractive to employers, or earn more money and responsibility in your current career. But between work, family and life, the thought of spending years in a classroom can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you don't have to. It's possible to learn many in-demand skills in less than a year — some in just a few weeks or months.
Potential earning increases for adding new skills to your resume are wide ranging, but the more skill you can bring to the table for an employer, the better your advantage over other candidates, the higher your value in your industry, and the more negotiating power you'll have when discussing your wage or salary. Here are 101 money-making skills and certifications to enrich your career and increase your paycheck.
1. Touch Typing and 10-Key
Learning touch typing or 10-key can improve accuracy when drafting documents and speed up productivity, which many employers consider major assets. Typing is necessary for data entry jobs, administrative jobs and writing jobs. The cost of improving typing skills ranges from practice you can do on your own for free to courses that cost a couple hundred dollars. Online learning marketplace Udemy, for example, offers several typing courses ranging from $20 to $200 to help you increase your typing speed in just a few days.
In addition to data entry jobs, cashier jobs and similar roles typically require 10-key skills. If you want to work in retail or land a role requiring numerical data entry, you can learn 10-key number pad typing skills using free online tools, such as through Typing.com or by taking an online course through a site like Lynda.com. Lynda subscriptions start at $19.99 for access to thousands of courses.
2. Computer Programming
3. Public Speaking
Taking a public speaking course and learning how to communicate effectively can enrich your career, especially if you're seeking leadership or motivational speaking roles. These classes are taught online, at community colleges and at adult continuing education centers. Online training company The Leader's Institute, for example, offers two-day public speaking courses across the country for $995.
4. Microsoft Office Suite Certification
Obtaining Microsoft Office Suite certification indicates proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. If you're seeking jobs that involve preparing documents and spreadsheets, such as administrative jobs and research jobs, this might be a good fit. Complete free online tutorials at your own pace or sign up for a course at an adult continuing education center. For example, Chesapeake Public Schools in Chesapeake, Va., has six-week Microsoft Word and Excel classes starting at $71 for residents and $137 for non-residents.
5. Google Analytics Certification
Google Analytics Academy for Beginners is a smart option if you're on the hunt for entry-level positions in digital marketing or advertising or if you're in the industry and need to improve your data gathering and analysis skills. It can be particularly helpful if you're switching from a non-digital role like print marketing to a digital role like website marketing. The online training is free through Google Analytics Academy. Courses — which can be completed in about four to six hours — prepare you for the Analytics Individual Qualification certification test, which is also free to take.
6. Google AdWords Certification
Getting certified in Google AdWords is another valuable tool for digital professionals, especially if you're interested in search engine marketing and related web marketing or advertising roles. Register through Google's Academy for Ads and complete any of the hundreds of free training videos ranging from five minutes to more than an hour long at your own pace. Classes include Google AdWords certification, search marketing, dynamic search and AdWords display certification.
7. CPR or First Aid Certification
Being certified in CPR or first aid provides you with life-saving skills that can be used in a variety of jobs, from child care and lifeguard work to roles as a flight attendant or in construction. Typically, CPR training takes about one to three hours, and the cost ranges from local class providers offering courses for around $20 to the American Red Cross courses for $70 to $110.
8. Driving for Rideshare, Taxi, Delivery Services
Becoming a non-commercial driver doesn't usually involve specific training, with many companies only requiring a valid state driver's license and a good driving record. Opportunities include driving for a company like Uber or Lyft or becoming a delivery person or a private-hire driver.
If you want to be a taxi driver, some companies require completion of a one-day training course. Costs range from $60 to $175 at the NYC Taxi Limo Training Center in Manhattan to $100 to $255 at the San Francisco Taxi School, for example.
9. Driving With a Commercial Driver License
Driving a commercial vehicle requires training and a commercial driving license, but many commercial transport companies allow new employees to start their driving hours as they complete their training. Companies such as short- and long-distance delivery service providers, retailers and gasoline-shipping businesses employ commercial drivers. The training involves classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Training takes about six months to complete and costs between $3,000 and $7,000, according to truck driving industry resource AllTrucking.com.
10. Second Language
Learning a second language not only can help you establish relationships with clients who don't speak English but also can make you a viable candidate for jobs that require international travel, from sales and business development to providing training and tours for others. You can also use this skill for call center jobs, telephone, or online sales jobs, and customer service jobs with employers who need bilingual employees. Check out foreign language or American Sign Language classes at a community college or online. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, for example, offers an online, six-month Business Spanish Certificate Program ranging from $395 to $760.
11. Veterinary Assistance
The training you receive as a veterinary assistant enables you to care for animals in a veterinarian clinic or animal hospital. You'll work under the guidance of a veterinarian. Training involves coursework plus hands-on experience during an externship. Penn Foster Career School's Veterinary Assistant program, for example, is about seven months long and ranges from $839 to $929.
An entrepreneurship certificate is worth the investment if you're looking to start your own business. You'll learn skills for successfully managing a business, handling company funds, creating a business plan and marketing a business. Grantham University offers a 16-credit, eight-month online entrepreneur certificate program, for example, costing $265 per credit. Scholarship funds and financial aid is available.
13. Human Resources Management
A certificate program in human resources management is a powerful tool if you work in human resources and you're looking to move into a management role. You'll learn a variety of skills, such as talent acquisition and workforce management. Online certificate program provider Villanova University offers a 12-week online HR management training course that costs $2,495.
14. Online Marketing
Companies with websites often need people knowledgeable in online marketing to increase traffic to their sites. Learning online marketing skills can help you snag a digital marketing job. Online marketing skills are also beneficial when launching your own business. Udemy has a 30-day Online Marketing Crash Course for $25 that covers basic online marketing strategy, social media, blogging and more. Other online education options include eCornell, which offers a two-month, $3,600 Digital Marketing Certificate Program.
15. Real Estate Sales
Real estate sales can be ideal if you're seeking a career change that doesn't involve going to — or back to — college. Use this skill to work as a residential or commercial real estate broker, property manager, land developer, or a real estate counselor. Becoming an agent costs about $200 to $300 for the pre-licensing course and $100 to $300 for the licensing exam, according to Realtor.com. It is possible to complete the training in just a few weeks or months; course hour requirements vary by state, ranging from 60 to 135 hours.
16. Insurance Sales
Opportunities in insurance sales include working for auto, life, health and home insurance companies, but insurance sales skills also can be helpful for roles in insurance underwriting, real estate, personal finance advisement and other jobs. Many insurance agencies offer on-the-job training in which you shadow an experienced agent. In most cases, you'll need to get licensed by your state. In Virginia, for example, A.D. Banker and Company's one-day pre-licensing course for property and casualty insurance can cost $245 to $356.
17. Funeral Home Service Sales
Being a funeral director or embalmer involves specific education and licensing, which varies by state. Working in funeral home sales, however, doesn't involve formal education — it entails customer service and selling funeral services. On-the-job training is typically provided. Sales careers at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Glendale, Calif., for example, start with 16 weeks of paid training. Some funeral homes require or prefer a certain number of years of commission sales experience.
18. Private Security
Private security guards are often needed by retailers, public and private schools, bank branches and other companies. Duties might include screening visitors and monitoring grounds for suspicious activity. You don't need any specific education for these jobs, and many companies hire people with little to no experience and offer on-the-job training. Experience in this role can be beneficial for careers in bodyguard work, private investigation, and law enforcement, according to Career Builder.
19. Firearm Handling
Learning how to use a firearm properly can help you get a job as an armed security guard, border patrol agent, corrections officer, bodyguard or law enforcement officer. Classes cover safety and maintenance, legal requirements, and weapon handling and shooting skills for various types of firearms. NRA courses take about five to six hours and cost about $150 per class.
20. Yoga Instruction
Gaining skills as a yoga instructor can help you find work as an instructor at yoga studios and fitness centers, as a private fitness instructor, or can help supplement training for a role in physical education. It takes about 200 hours to 500 hours to complete certification, according to YogaFit Yoga Alliance and the American Council on Exercise, which is between three and six months. Training ranges from $500 to $5,000, depending on whether you sign up for a distant learning program or attend a school.
21. Sport Coaching
Learning coaching techniques can help you snag a coaching job at private or public schools, camps, city or state recreation programs, or with private sporting organizations. The amount of time it takes to complete a coaching certificate varies. The American Coaching Academy's self-paced online coaching certificate, for example, can be completed within two to five days and costs $197.
A notary public witnesses and records the signing of important papers like mortgage closing documents and legal affidavits. In addition to notary public service providers like shipping service retail stores, real estate companies, banks and law firms also employ or use notaries. A notary public course takes about three to six hours to complete, and you'll have to pass a notary exam approved by your state. Training ranges from $100 to $200. Some employers cover or reimburse this cost.
If you work as a prep cook or line cook, improving your skills can help you locate higher paying jobs or pave the way for starting a cooking or catering business. Fortunately, completing a cooking course doesn't take a lot of time or money. For example, Penn Foster's gourmet cooking online certificate program starts at $639, and you can complete it in three months.
Learning how to tend bar can help you earn extra money working at a bar, restaurant or private party. You can complete a 40-hour bartending or mixology course in one, two or five weeks. Training programs for bartending typically average between $200 and $400.
25. Reading Comprehension
Improving your reading comprehension skills can help you read faster and retain more information. This skill benefit educators, historians, editors and can be helpful in almost any profession. Classes are available at adult continuing education centers or online. Reading Comprehension 101, offered by Universal Class, for example, costs between $50 and $75, and you can complete it in about 10 hours.
26. Budgeting or Bookkeeping
A basic bookkeeping course teaches you how to manage a company's financial accounts. Bookkeepers are employed in all types of industries, including healthcare, government, private businesses and retail. Penn Foster's online bookkeeping certificate program takes about five months, and tuition starts at $599.
27. Adobe Creative Suite
Mastering Adobe Creative Suite can help you find a new job designing ads for publications, web development companies and graphic design firms. Adobe's Certification Marketplace has a huge selection of e-learning software available starting at less than $20. The training also prepares you for Adobe Certification, which costs $180.
With photography, you can explore your creative side and find opportunities in photojournalism or studio or commercial photography. Becoming a photographer doesn't necessarily require a degree. You can complete online classes from the New York Institute of Photography, for example, within six months to 12 months, and tuition ranges from $599 to $999.
A math certificate from a college or university's continuing education program can improve your job prospects if you're looking for work as a banker, financial advisor, economist or scientist. Completing a math certificate takes about two semesters, and the cost varies depending on the college or university.
30. Project Management
Project managers oversee various projects from start to finish. Project management skills are useful in many industries, including healthcare and information technology — and certification can increase your salary by up to 20 percent, according to the Project Management Institute. Udemy's Project Management Professional online course takes about 35 hours to complete and costs $200.
31. Investing and Investment Management
Enhancing your investing skills serves to your advantage if you're working or pursuing a career in investing, banking, finance or financial advisement. Courses can help you become familiar with commodities, futures, stocks, bonds and other investments. Morningstar offers several free investing courses that can be completed in about 10 minutes.
32. Tailoring, Dressmaking and Clothing Design
Tailoring and dressmaking skills can help you find work with a custom clothes designer or do alterations to make money from home. Learning this skill doesn't require a formal education, but you can complete Penn Foster's dressmaking and design program in about seven months for approximately $749.
33. Negotiating and Bargaining
Negotiating skills are useful across several industries, including customer service, sales and tourism. Learning the art of negotiating and bargaining helps you close more deals and contributes to your career success. Several programs are available to improve your negotiating skills, including Emeritus Institute of Management's two-month, online negotiating class that starts at $1,200.
If you're proficient in history, English, science or math, getting a teaching certificate can take your career to the next level. Some colleges and universities have accelerated teacher certification programs for those who already have a bachelor's degree. For example, Old Dominion University offers its Career Switcher teaching program that lasts for seven weeks in the summer and 15 weeks in the fall. Tuition ranges from $500 to $4,600.
Welders work in the construction, infrastructure, transportation and marine industries. Becoming a welder doesn't require university or college training, but you'll have to attend a welding or vocational school. You can complete training in eight to 12 months, and fees range from $150 per class to $2,275 per course.
36. Heavy Equipment Operation
If you're a skilled laborer, the ability to operate heavy equipment can increase your job prospects. AIS Technical Institute, for example, offers six- to 10-week heavy equipment operator training programs that cost from $6,000 to $10,000. Training includes classroom instruction and hands-on instruction.
37. Video Editing and Production
Learning video editing and production can open the door to opportunities with marketing and promotional companies or help you land entry-level work in television and video editing. Training costs and program lengths vary. For example, the New York Film Academy offers 12-week digital workshops starting at $3,774.
38. Basic and Professional Writing
Whether you're working in healthcare, administration or business, excellent writing skills are essential for drafting emails and memos. Online writing courses help you hone these skills at little to no cost. Udemy's Becoming a Writer course, for example, is offered to help you improve your writing skills in just a few minutes per day and costs only $50.
Whether you're an amateur or intermediate singer, lessons can improve your pitch and breathing, help you sing better, and maybe help you land part-time singing gigs or acting roles. Schedule private singing lessons at your own pace — costs range from about $25 to $60 per hour for lessons.
40. Carpentry and Basic Construction Skills
If you have a construction background, learning specific carpentry skills can help you get into home remodeling or handyman work. Learn about bathroom and kitchen remodeling, flooring and other in-demand carpentry skills. Online career training provider Ed2Go partners with community colleges around the country and offers six-month carpentry courses starting at around $1,595.
41. Blueprint Reading
Learning how to read blueprints can lead to greater opportunities if you have a construction background or if you're thinking about entering the engineering field. Taking a blueprint reading workshop can sharpen your skill and keep you a step ahead of the competition. Professional training provider Zack Academy offers 28 hours of training and a certificate of completion for $595.
42. Teaching English as a Second Language
ESL certification can enable you to teach people who do not speak English as their first language. Opportunities include teaching English and providing online tutoring services through public or private schools and learning centers. You can complete the TESOL Core Certificate Program in six to 11 months for between $730 and $1,990.
Translators work in private and public schools, courthouses, hospitals and conference centers. Becoming a translator might be a great opportunity if you already speak and write in another language. The length of language translation programs varies but typically ranges from two to four months and costs between $200 and $1,500.
Transcribing skills — listening to an audio recording and typing what you hear — can help you find hospital, financial, journalism and legal jobs. The Transcription Certification Institute offers online classes you can complete in 21 to 90 days for $399.
45. Link Building
Effective link-building strategies help increase website traffic. Link-building experts work with web development companies, internet marketing companies and any businesses that are looking to drive additional traffic to their websites and rank higher in search engines. Udemy offers a 42-minute, five-lecture course for beginners for $45.
46. Mac or PC Computer Skills
The ability to use computer operating systems is beneficial no matter where you work. Knowing how to use a PC and a Mac is an advantage — almost every industry uses spreadsheets, documents, the internet, email and other applications on a daily basis. Lynda.com offers more than 5,900 courses, including training for Windows and Mac computers. Course lengths range from one to three hours — learn as much as you want with a monthly subscription, which ranges from $19.99 to $29.99.
47. Data Analysis
Several industries use data analytics — including travel, energy, finance, education and health — to identify patterns and trends they can leverage for growing their business. Online learning center General Assembly offers 10-week, part-time, data analytics courses for $3,950. Upon completing the course, you might be eligible to receive credit toward an online graduate program.
48. Nursing Assistant Certification
Certified nursing assistants are in-demand and complete a variety of tasks — including assisting patients with bathing, dressing and eating — in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. It takes between two and 12 weeks to become a CNA, depending on the number of training hours your state requires, and fees range from $500 to $1200.
49. Emergency Medical Technician Certification
To become an EMT, you must first complete a basic emergency medical technician course. EMTs work with hospitals and emergency departments to provide pre-hospital care in crisis situations. Completing a basic emergency medical technician course takes about three to 11 weeks — depending on whether you attend a full- or part-time program — and costs about $650.
50. Cosmetology and Hairstyling
If you're thinking about a career in cosmetology, a beauty program will prepare you to work in salons and barbershops. Program lengths vary but typically will take less than a year to complete. For example, full-time Empire Beauty School students can complete a course in 50 weeks for $18,850. Grants and financial aid are available.
51. Massage Therapy
Massage therapy training can lead to opportunities in chiropractor offices, wellness centers, spas, hotels and massage clinics. You must complete training at an accredited school and pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam. Many states require between 500 and 600 hours of massage training before you can become certified, and tuition ranges from $6,000 to $10,000.
52. Personal Trainer Certification
Becoming a certified personal trainer qualifies you to work in fitness gyms and wellness centers to help beginner and advanced fitness enthusiasts transform their bodies. You can become certified in as few as 10 to 12 weeks at the National Academy of Sports Medicine, where fees range from $699 to $1,999.
53. Physical Therapy Aid Skills
Taking a course to become a physical therapy aid can help you secure work in a rehabilitation facility, nursing home or hospital working under the guidance of a physical therapist. To become a physical therapy aid, you can enroll in Penn Foster's program and complete training in one month. You won't need licensing or certification, and tuition starts at $619.
54. Sleep Technician Certification
Becoming a certified sleep technician teaches you how to monitor patients for sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea. As patients sleep, you observe their brain waves, breathing patterns and heart rates. Certification requires completing 80 hours of an accredited sleep technologist education program and nine months of on-the-job training. Training fees vary, but are typically about $4,000.
55. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Certification
If you're an ultrasound tech looking to become certified in abdomen, breast, gynecology, or fetal echocardiography, and you've completed an associate or bachelor’s degree, you're eligible to take the certification exam by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. The exam fee is $100 fee. You must complete at least 30 hours of continuing medical education within three years of certification.
56. Travel Associate Certification
If you have travel experience and want a career in travel, becoming a certified travel associate might be a good idea. The Travel Institute enables you to study at your own pace, as long as you complete the course in 12 months. Tuition ranges from $399 to $499.
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57. Auto Mechanic Certification
Completing a six- to 12-month auto mechanic training program can help you secure work as an auto mechanic with dealerships and private auto shops. You'll handle inspections, maintenance and basic repairs. Penn Foster's online program, for example, costs between $749 and $829, and after you finish the course, you have an option to earn your Master Automobile Technician Certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
58. Cloud Computing
Cloud computing technology is an excellent skill to learn because it's one of the fastest growing businesses in the IT industry. Cloud Academy provides a wealth of ongoing training to help you learn cloud computing and prepare for AWS certification starting at $299 a year, or $29 a month. The course has no end date, and you can learn as little or as much as you like.
59. Information Security
Information security training paves the way for a career in cybersecurity. Work with government agencies, retailers and other businesses to protect sensitive information from hackers. Kaplan University, for example, offers an online certificate program in information security, which students can complete in one month to one year. Tuition is about $441 per course, and grant and scholarship opportunities are available.
60. Financial Planning and Advising
Certified financial planning certification is an asset if you work in banking, insurance, investing or another financial field. You must have a bachelor's degree or higher to complete a CFP Board-Registered Program and take the CFP exam. Program schedules vary, but you can usually complete training in less than a year. For example, you can finish the CFP education program at Barry University in South Florida in about seven months — it costs $5,950 for seven courses.
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61. Electrician Skills
Electricians are responsible for installing and maintaining electrical systems. You can complete a career training program in about a year at a vocational school or receive on-the-job training. If you continue your education, you can become state licensed or become a licensed journeyman electrician. Penn Foster offers an online electrician training program starting at $799, for example.
62. HVAC Technician Certification
HVAC mechanics work in maintenance departments for commercial and residential buildings or find employment with heating and air-conditioning companies. Earning your HVAC certificate from a community college or vocational school can take six months and costs around $699.
63. Plumbing Skills
Plumbing experience creates opportunities to work in maintenance or construction. Plumbing courses are available through vocational schools and community colleges, and you can typically complete them in less than a year. For example, Ashworth College offers four-month plumbing course that costs from $699 to $899, depending on whether you pay in full or make monthly payments.
If you're interested in legal work but don't want to attend law school, consider a career as a paralegal and work alongside lawyers. At Blackstone Career Institute, for example, you can complete paralegal studies in as few as four to 12 months. Tuition ranges from $1,214 to $1,442.
65. Network Systems Administration
Network systems administration training teaches you how to install, configure and troubleshoot problems within an organization's computer network. University of Maryland University College offers a computer network undergraduate certificate that involves six classes you can take over one or two semesters. Tuition per credit ranges from $250 to $499.
66. Police Academy Training
Police academy training prepares you for a career as a city police officer, which can be valuable for a long-term career in any branch of law enforcement or the military. Basic law enforcement training takes about four to six months. You'll also take courses related to firearm training, tactical defense and emergency vehicle operation. The cost of training varies. For example, the Weber State University Law Enforcement Academy training program costs $6,500, with the option of payment plans.
67. CADD Program Certification
Computer-aided drafting design skills are useful in different industries like interior design, civil engineering and surveying. A certificate can land you an entry-level drafting job or drafting assistant job. Penn Foster Career School's AutoCAD Essentials training program takes about two months and costs $399.
68. Quality Inspection Certification
Quality inspector classes teach how to check products for defects and maintain quality standards in different industries, such as in manufacturing, engineering or construction. After completing an approved quality inspection training program or receiving a minimum two years of on-the-job training, you might be eligible to take a quality inspection exam. Getting certified involves completing two four-hour examinations and costs $268 to $418.
69. EKG Technician Certification
Becoming an EKG technician qualifies you to perform electrocardiograms in hospitals and other medical care facilities. Some employers offer on-the-job training you can complete in four to six weeks, or you have the option of taking a one-year certification program. Completing a program isn't required but is advantageous because some medical facilities require certification. Length and prices of certification programs vary. For example, California School of Health Sciences offers a certification class for $290.
70. App Developing and Programming
Learning how to develop apps enables you to create your own web applications from scratch. You can work as an independent contractor developing apps for companies or get a job as an app developer. You can find several free and low-cost online training opportunities — edX offers a variety of app development courses that last about six weeks. Courses are free, but you'll have to pay $99 to become certified.
71. Phlebotomy Technician
Phlebotomy technicians are vital employees in doctor offices, hospitals and other healthcare facilities — they process patient specimens. Becoming a phlebotomy technician is a relatively short process — programs last about 15 weeks or less. You can sign up at a vocational school or a technical college. For instance, a phlebotomy course at SUNY Orange costs $1,700.
72. X-Ray Technician
An X-ray tech certificate enables you to operate X-ray machines in imaging centers, hospitals and doctor offices. A basic X-ray technician certificate program takes about a year to complete. Modern Technology School's X-ray technician program with medical assisting lasts from 44 to 48 weeks and costs $18,702.
73. Insurance Billing and Coding
You can complete medical billing and coding courses at technical schools and community colleges in nine to 12 months. Acquiring this skill is a selling point when applying for jobs in a medical office because you'll have learned how to process insurance claims and assign codes to illnesses. The Andrews School Online Medical Billing Training program takes about four months to complete and costs $900.
74. Insurance Claims Processing
Learning how to process insurance claims can pave the way for working with insurance companies in their claims departments. You'll assess damage for auto and property claims and work directly with customers as their point of contact. Online training through the U.S Career Institute, for example, takes about four months and ranges from $979 to $1,279.
75. Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit organizations include charities, private schools and religious organizations, which differ from other types of companies. Learning how a nonprofit operates can help you obtain leadership and management positions with one. Portland Community College's online nonprofit management course takes about six weeks to complete and costs $99.
76. Pharmacy Technician
A pharmacy technician certificate qualifies you to work under a pharmacist in a hospital or drugstore. You're responsible for refilling medications, verifying information and assisting the pharmacist with other duties. You can complete pharmacy technician online training in four months at Ashworth College in Norcross, Ga., for example, which prepares you for the National Health Career Association's ExCPT Pharmacy Technician certification. Tuition ranges from $699 to $899.
77. Tax Preparation
Completing a basic tax preparation class is one way to make extra money during tax season. The course can also help you gain valuable tax experience if you're working toward becoming an accountant, certified public accountant or financial planner. The Income Tax School offers 10-week, online tax preparation courses starting at $497.
78. 3-D, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Programming Skills
Consider a virtual reality certificate program if you want to learn basic VR programming and develop VR applications. Learning how to write VR programs opens the door to entry-level positions with software design companies. University of California San Diego offers three six-week courses that range from $49 to $99 each.
Whether you're new to the sales industry or are a seasoned salesperson, improving your selling skills helps you build stronger relationships with customers and ultimately increase your income. Completing sales seminars, workshops and webinars can strengthen your skills whether you're selling houses, retail merchandise, cars or other products. Dale Carnegie Training, for example, offers one- to three-hour sales training courses that range from $129 to $349.
Salesforce is a customer relationship management platform with cloud-based applications for sales, service and marketing. Because many organizations have adopted this technology, Salesforce certification can make you more attractive to employers. Classes for Salesforce training range from one to five days and cost between $900 and $4,500.
81. Leadership, Mentorship and Employee Engagement
Developing strong leadership skills can help you guide a team and is valuable if you are working toward becoming a manager, supervisor or director. ECornell offers a four-month leadership certificate program for people in executive roles that costs $4,800.
82. OSHA 30 Certification
OSHA 30 safety education training is a valuable resume addition if you work in the construction industry. Certification isn't required by every employer but many consider it an asset because it demonstrates an understanding of safety prevention and health hazards in the workplace. You can take this 30-hour course at your own pace, and it costs about $179.
83. Business Forecasting
Business forecasting is an invaluable tool in the world of sales and finance because it helps you identify when to take risks. The International Institute of Forecasters partners with universities to offer business forecasting certificates. Johns Hopkins University offers a four-course certificate program for $4,160.
84. Drawing and Illustration
Improving or acquiring illustration skills can take you from amateur artist to professional. Graphic design, publishing and animation companies hire illustrators. Adobe offers a two- and four-day illustration training course and certification in more than 300 locations for which you'll pay from $750 to $1,495.
85. Customer Service and Customer Experience
Customer service training improves your listening, problem-solving and communication skills and helps you build positive relationships with customers, which is advantageous in any occupation involving interaction with the public. Dale Carnegie Training has one-, two- and three-hour customer service workshops that range from $129 to $349, for example.
86. Interior Design
An interior design education lets you work from home as your own boss or find work with architects, hotels, home builders and home staging companies. You'll learn about interior style, space planning, color and design. The Interior Design Institute offers a 24-week online diploma program for $999.
87. Lead Generation
Lead generation is an excellent marketing skill for capturing customer interest and growing your sales. The course is beneficial whether you're a real estate agent, small business owner, or sales or marketing professional. Global marketing research firm Demand Metric offers a six-video module course that you can complete at your own pace in less than a year. Training costs $1,997 for non-members.
88. Graphic Design
Graphic design training lets you express your creativity and convey messages visually. Put your skills to good use as a freelancer or work for a web design company, internet marketing company, publisher or interior design company. Sessions College offers an eight-month, online undergraduate certificate graphic design program, for example, that costs $425 per credit hour.
Learning how to be an effective manager paves the way for jobs and promotions in retail, restaurant, business and most other industries. If you're already a manager, improving your skills can further your career and lead to upper management roles. Capella University, for example, offers an eight-month business management certificate course for $780 per credit, for example.
90. Productivity and Time Management
Learning time management skills helps you become a more efficient worker, which employers consider a strong point. When you know how to balance priorities your overall productivity improves. Learning Tree International offers an online, time management development course for $1,950.
91. Search Engine Marketing and Optimization
Becoming proficient in search engine optimization and search engine marketing helps you excel as a marketing professional and opens the door to opportunities in digital marketing and website development. With SEO knowledge, you can develop successful internet marketing campaigns and provide multiple industries with website content. ClickMinded's SEO course and certification, for example, takes about six hours to complete and costs $497.
92. Business Banking
If you are seeking employment with a financial institution, online business banking training will teach you the fundamentals of borrowing, credit, lending and financial statements. The American Bankers Association offers several self-paced, online courses in business banking that take from four to 16 weeks to complete and cost between $215 and $1,795.
93. Life Coaching
Life coaching is a rewarding career if you want to make a difference in someone's life as they are considering a major transition. You can run your own business helping people improve their personal and professional lives. The Coach Training Alliance based in Boulder, Colo., for example, offers a six-month, certified life coach program for $2,897. Tuition is payable in three, seven or nine parts.
94. Retail Sales Leadership
Developing retail sales leadership skills is essential if you're a store manager or a retail worker looking to advance in the industry. Learn how to nurture and motivate a sales team and get ahead. MOHR Retail, based in Ridgewood, N.J., offers a four-month, online, retail leadership and management program for store managers and supervisors that costs $250.
95. Web Conferencing
Leading an online conference can be intimidating, but receiving instruction in web conferencing can build your confidence and help you become a more efficient educator during meetings and trainings. Signing up for Lynda.com will give you access to multiple, three-hour web conferencing training videos.
96. Talent Sourcing and Acquisition
Talent acquisition training is designed to strengthen your skills when you're seeking new recruits. If you’re a recruiter, HR generalist or hiring manager, this training can improve your ability to recognize qualified candidates. The Human Capital Institute, for example, offers a two-day, online or in-person, Strategic Talent Acquisition Certification program for $1,995.
Learning how to conduct better interviews benefits business owners and people looking to move into a hiring manager role. Workshops and courses can help you polish your interviewing skills and make wiser hiring decisions. Zero Risk HR offers a two-hour, online, behavioral interview training program that costs $49.95.
98. Decision Making and Problem Solving
Problem solving is a necessary skill for managers, supervisors, team leaders and business owners. Good decision making also indicates strong leadership, which is key for applying to management roles in every industry from healthcare to business. To boost your skill level, Michigan State University Online offers an eight-week strategic decision making course for $1,980.
99. Six Sigma
Six Sigma certification indicates solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills and shows employers that you value quality. If you're applying for certain jobs like a warehouse operations manager, engineer or healthcare worker, this certification can boost your resume. Purdue University offers online, Six Sigma certifications that take from three to 16 weeks to complete and cost between $395 and $3,750.
Optician training teaches you necessary skills to work in an ophthalmologist or optometrist office. You’ll learn about eye health and how to fit customers for glasses and contact lenses. You can complete Penn Foster Career School's online optician career diploma program in about seven months for between $999 and $1,179.
ZBrush is a type of artistry that can expand your visual design skills. You'll learn how to use digital sculpting and art techniques to design highly detailed characters. If you're a 3-D artist, sculptor or character artist looking to strengthen your skills and find new opportunities, this could be a program you'll need to know. Udemy offers a five-hour, beginner course for $50.
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