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Like Learning New Things? 7 Careers That Require Continuing Education Every Year

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While some people can't wait to be done with school, others love the idea of always learning new things. Careers that require continuing education classes each and every year could fill that need. In order to stay knowledgeable and relevant in their respective fields, many people take annual training classes, called continuing education or "con ed." In fact, con ed is a great way for professionals to stay abreast of the latest information in their field.

1. Teacher: Teachers, from kindergarten through high school, are required to take a certain number of hours of continuing education each year. The total varies from state to state, but the classes generally revolve around both new techniques in teaching as well as insight into various subject matters. Timely topics, like how to incorporate STEM learning into the classroom, are also offered in con ed classes for teachers.  

2. Sonographer: The field of sonography, like most technical fields, is constantly improving. Sonographers are required by the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) to take anywhere from 10 to 30 CME (continuing medical education) classes every three years. The total number depends on your chosen field of specialization. Contact a company that provides sonographer continuing education courses to learn more.

3. Realtor: Real estate con ed classes can be on any topic that the licensed Realtor wants to learn more about, from legal issues to landlord-tenant scenarios. Another popular choice is the ins and outs of social media and selling homes via online marketing methods. 

4. Accountants and Tax Preparers: The tax code changes each and every year, which requires accountants and tax preparers to continually take classes on those changes. They need to stay abreast of changes to the tax law in order to serve their clients' needs and grow their business. 

5. Physician: Like sonographers, physicians are required to attend continuing education classes each year. Due to their busy schedules, many physicians decide to do this in a conference format. It is much easier to cram several CME classes into a week-long conference in a warm climate than to try and attend classes at night after a long day of work. Most physicians attend conferences specific to their field or specialty as opposed to general conferences. This allows them to take very specific CME classes that they will get the most value from. 

6. Cosmetologists: While it may not take as long to become a cosmetologist as a physician, cosmetology boards are still just as strict when it comes to requiring licensed members to earn continuing education credits. In fact, the requirements for cosmetologists are also overseen by the state, as many states have a government body that oversees both the testing and the maintaining of cosmetology licenses. 

7. Lawyers and Paralegals: There are plenty of continuing education classes available to both attorneys and paralegals on their team. The amount of hours and the topics covered vary per state, but these courses often covers a refresher course in professional ethics. The state bar of each state may also have additional requirements of its members. People in the legal profession are usually given a two-year period to complete the required CE credits in their state. 

If you love learning new material and the idea of building on your education each and every year with continuing ed classes appeals to you, then any of the above careers will be a good fit. To be a true professional requires the desire to constantly strive to be the best in your field, which includes learning all the new discoveries, techniques, and changes. It is also a great way to interact with your peers in a purely intellectual way.