CSUN has also invested heavily in health-related programs, which represent a growing field of study. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, total Healthcare industry employment is projected to expand by 10.8%, or 15.6 million, between 2012 and 2022. The importance of healthcare services, spurred by the aging baby-boomer population and the Affordable Care Act, makes dedicating considerable resources to the development of health-related academic programs all the more valuable. Additionally, the field of Information Technology has developed into an essential component within the Healthcare sector, transforming the industry and allowing it to deliver higher-quality patient care and better direct diagnostic and therapeutic decisions when a patient enters the system.
CSUN has also seen tremendous growth in its Family and Consumer Science programs in recent years. Graduates in Family and Consumer Science have a higher unemployment rate than recent graduates in Education or History, but its entry-level annual wages, $45,000 on average, are substantially higher than entry wages in either Education ($35,700) or History ($34,500). Higher income levels during the early years of a career can have important effects on an individual’s quality of life in the long term.