It’s not too early to begin looking at the career trends for next year, especially those that are starting a career or looking to make a change. It is important to know what you will face in terms of gaining a great profession. I’ve compiled a list of the fields that are projected to be in high demand for 2014 and years to come.
Despite the current sluggish economy, several industries are still experiencing rapid growth. This list includes education, healthcare, biotechnology, green energy, government, and information technology (IT). Given the current trend of the job market, many forecasters believe these industries will continue to thrive in 2014 and beyond. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) believes that while it is impossible to forecast absolute industrial and occupational demand, it is conceivable to estimate relative magnitude and probable direction of future labor needs.
Let’s take a deeper look into some of these demanded professions.
- Biotechnology: There is a new demand for biotech industry talent. Professionals that acquire highly specialized skills are needed for research and product development. This knowledge can be applied to several industries especially manufacturing, medical, environmental and agricultural. Love the study of chemistry, genetics, and biology? Well, then this is certainly the field for you, and you will not go wrong. Biotechnology is listed as one of the highest demanded jobs and will continue to be for decades to come.
- Education: The market is very competitive, yet in high demand for dedicated teachers. There will continue to be a surplus for instructors needed in the grade school level, college and adult learning. Adults will continue to be returning to school (truck driver training school, nursing, trade schools, etc.). Capable instructors that can impart to them the skills they need will be important. Instructors themselves will continue to be educated in order to keep up with the learning trends at all levels.
- Healthcare: In spite of the unpredictable economy, some things remain the same, people will always need healthcare. In fact, according to a recent study, healthcare jobs are expected to grow faster than any other industry – roughly 22%, or 3.2 million new jobs, by 2018. Physicians, dentists, psychiatrists, nurses, medical technicians, billers, coders, home health aide, etc. will become more in demand than ever.
- Information Technology: An IT career is not only high in demand, but the earning potential is great. In 2012, an IT Manager averaged $101,244 annually reported by the BLS. Not only is excellent pay the reward, but as jobs continue to open up, expect the requirements of IT professionals to be vast as ever. Some of the leading IT fields include web developer, software engineer, data modeler, IT consultant, cloud architect, computer forensic investigator, health IT specialist, and mobile application developer to name a few.
Does this information make you reconsider your career objectives? I hope this list helps you on your path to success. Remember to always remain marketable.
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