Ana Costagliola learned more than a year ago that her employer planned to move its Boston oper­a­tions — including her job as a com­puter data­base assis­tant — to New York.

Deter­mined to stay in the Boston area, the 47-​​year-​​old mother of two entered Boston University’s grad­uate cer­tifi­cate pro­gram in data­base man­age­ment to hone and expand her skills — and it paid off. A few weeks ago, she landed a better, higher-​​paying job as data­base ana­lyst with the Boston Sym­phony Orchestra.

It really opened doors,” Costagliola said of pro­gram at BU’s Met­ro­pol­itan Col­lege. “It gave me a little extra edge to advance my career.”

Costagliola is among the many people taking advanced, post-​​college courses to build skills sought by Mass­a­chu­setts’ fastest growing indus­tries and open doors to new jobs and careers. As Costagliola’s expe­ri­ence shows, many of the high-​​demand fields are in tech­nology, but health care, bio­phara­maceu­ti­cals, and other indus­tries also have demand for workers with spe­cial skills.

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