ELLEN DAOUST grad­u­ated from Smith Col­lege in 2009 with a degree in gov­ern­ment and Spanish and an interest in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, but no real idea of how to turn that into a career.

But after three years in the national ser­vice pro­gram Ameri­Corps, where she worked with video while involved in com­mu­nity and youth devel­op­ment, and eight months earning a grad­uate cer­tifi­cate in a dig­ital media pro­gram at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Daoust landed a job as a mul­ti­media devel­oper at the Boston Museum of Science.

I knew the posi­tion was some­thing that would be engaging and chal­lenge me to grow in my video skills,” said Daoust, 26, of Jamaica Plain.

Daoust is an example of how job seekers can build on existing skills to launch careers in fast-​​growing and well-​​paying fields, such as tech­nology. The Labor Depart­ment projects employ­ment for Web devel­opers to grow 22 per­cent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occu­pa­tions. Web devel­opers made between $61,250 and $99,250 in 2012, according to a survey by Robert Half Tech­nology, a recruiting firm in Menlo Park, Calif.

Like many newly minted grad­u­ates, Daoust was unsure of her next step when she left Smith. Law school, working in envi­ron­mental con­ser­va­tion, or teaching abroad were all pos­si­bil­i­ties. During intern­ships in former US rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Olver’s office and Boston City Hall, she wrote press releases, responded to con­stituents, and devel­oped com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills.

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