Demand Is Exploding for These Careers
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What careers are in demand? In which jobs are employees needed most?
Are you looking for a new career? Perhaps you are starting college and want to choose a college major that offers good job prospects. Or maybe you are already employed, but are not satisfied where you are and want to change your career path. It helps to know which careers are in strong demand, and what salary you can expect. Here are the jobs where hiring is expected to grow during the next ten years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a 10-year forecast of positions and job descriptions where employment opportunities are expected to grow. These jobs pay well, and offer you what people look for, job satisfaction, opportunities for promotion and job security. Many careers are in the fast-growing fields of technology, health care, management, engineering, construction and sales. Can you see one of these careers in your future?
Don't be discouraged if you don't qualify for these careers in demand. Although these careers are growing fast on a percentage basis, only a few people actually hold these jobs. There is still strong demand and a larger job pool for good teachers, business people, factory workers, hair stylists, construction laborers, health care workers, restaurant workers, pharmacists, customer service reps and sales people. Entrepreneurs, inventors and creative people also make valuable contributions in the workplace.
- Biomedical Engineer
- Telecommunications Network Engineer
- Physician Assistant
- Software Architect
- Environmental Engineer
- Physical Therapist
- Employment Recruiter
- Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
- Occupational Therapist
- Construction Estimator
- Project Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Structural Engineer
- Transportation Engineer
- Computer and Information Scientist
- Management Consultant
- Risk Management Manager
- Healthcare Consultant
- Business Development Analyst
Do you love your current job? How would you answer this question?
"Yes, it's interesting and pays well." 41% chose this answer.
"Not really, but I'm glad I've got a job." 33% chose this answer.
"No, I'd switch careers in a second." 14% chose this answer.
"I wish I did. I'm unemployed." 11% chose this answer.
Here are the Careers in Demand, the fastest growing jobs over the next ten years in order by forecast growth.
Biomedical Engineers design and develop medical devices, treatments, and procedures, from artificial hearts to drug-delivery systems. The job market is small but rewarding, as you turn technology into a marketable product. The U.S. government says that this will become "the fastest-growing occupation in the economy." The forcasted growth over 10 years is 72% and the median salary is $76,000
Telecommunications Network Engineer
Telecommunications Network Engineers work in the field of Information Technology. They plan, design, troubleshoot and oversee construction and maintenance of telecommunication networks used for data, voice, and video communication. A growth rate of 53% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $87,000
A Physician Assistant is a medical professional who performs routine patient care just as a physician might do. You'll give physicals and administer tests, provide information and write prescriptions, all under a doctor's supervision. There is a large need for PA's because of the current shortage of doctors. There are two-year programs for PA certification, but medical school is not required. A growth rate of 39% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $92,000.
Software Architects create the blueprints for software engineers and programmers to follow. They coordinate with clients and product managers, and are the liaison between programmers and the company business staff. People skills as well as technology background come into play. A growth rate of 34% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $119,000.
Environmental Engineers protect the environment and human health. Environmental engineers bring their engineering skills to work on important issues like air-pollution control, water treatment, waste management, alternative energy, and conservation. Jobs are available in both the private sector and government agencies. College studies are required. A growth rate of 31% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $81,000.
Physical Therapists work in health care. They are needed for patient rehabilitation after surgery to get patients with physical conditions more mobile and able to perform daily activities. They work with sports injuries, stroke patients, and accident victims. This is a rewarding job that combines medical training with people skills. A three-year graduate degree is required. A growth rate of 30% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $75,000.
Employment Recruiters recruit candidates to fill vacant job positions. As a business service, they work as consultants and screeners for human resources departments. They advertise for candidates, gather resumes, interview the applicants and evaluate them for suitable positions. A growth rate of 28% is forecast over 10 years. The median salary is $60,000.
Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety Specialists conduct research and investigations into the quality of air, food, soil, water, and other environmental factors. Their goal is to identify, abate, or eliminate sources of pollutants or hazards that affect the environment and the health of the population. With interdisciplinary knowledge, they collect samples, take measurements, operate equipment, evaluate results and make recommendations. A growth rate of 28% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $71,000.
Occupational Therapists work with individuals in their rehabilitation and therapies. Clients are taught ways to improve decision-making, reasoning, memory and perception. With the therapist, individuals learn work and life-management skills. The therapist coordinates, administers and monitors a treatment program of therapeutic activities. A growth rate of 26% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $72,000.
Construction Estimators evaluate new projects on the basis of time, cost, materials and labor estimates, and prepare the contractor's bid for the job. They provide the data to evaluate the project performance. A growth rate of 25% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $68,000.
Optometrists diagnose and treat conditions of the human eye. They perform examinations, make diagnosis, prescribe eyeglasses and treat eye conditions. A growth rate of 30% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $108,000.
Project Engineers work in the fields of construction, architecture and engineering to plan and organize the project from beginning to completion. Their responsibilities include project management, meeting schedules, training and supervising staff, controlling costs and ensuring safety. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $100,000.
Civil Engineers designs and supervises major construction projects like highways, bridges, sewer and water systems, and power plants. Countries around the world who are rebuilding their infrastructures face a shortage of qualified engineers. A college degree in civil engineering and a state license is required for this rewarding career. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $80,000.
Structural Engineers work on buildings, bridges and other structural projects, both new construction and maintenance. They prepare engineering studies with plans, designs and construction guidelines. Their research relies on maps, blueprints, charts and other data. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $83,000.
Transportation Engineers work on highway, train, and airport and other public and private transportation projects. They may work with construction companies, architecture firms,or engineering companies. The engineer prepares a needs analysis with plans, designs, feasibility calculations and construction guidelines. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $78,000.
Computer and Information Scientist
Computer and Information Scientists are theorists, designers and inventors. They solve fundamental computer and information science problems in the fields of computer hardware and software. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $115,000.
Management Consultants advise companies on business problems. They may specialize in marketing strategies, product development and pricing, manufacturing operations, cutting costs and growing sales. You can find a job at a big consulting firms, or work as a self-employed entrepreneur. It helps if you enjoy travel and can develop business contacts. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $117,000.
Risk Management Manager
Risk Management Managers supervise and train a team of analysts. They use statistical analysis software and econometric models to quantify risk to predict future outcomes. Almost every large company, including insurance firms, hires a risk manager. A good background in college level probability, statistics and quantitative analysis will take you far in this field. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $107,000.
Healthcare Consultants assist healthcare organizations and hospitals in managing their healthcare system more efficiently and effectively. They conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, and train others. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $96,000.
Business Development Analyst
Business Development Analysts prepare business development proposals, based on research into markets, clients and competition. Financial analysis is a major component of the work. The analyst often works for an independent consulting firm. A growth rate of 24% over 10 years is forecast. The median salary is $75,000.
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