I found this awesome information regarding job/career rankings. I found it at Kiplinger’s Experts, and Kiplinger Magazine columnist Marty Nemko predicted 13 careers in America that will predominate the job market from 2010 – 2020.
Arranged by Percentage of Growth over previous figures, high to low; with educational requirements:
- Biomedical Engineers – Bachelors Degree
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts – Bachelors Degree (many companies require graduate degrees, however in “real life”).
- Home Health Aides – Short-Term OJT and/or HHA Certificate.
- Personal/Home Care Aides – On the job training
- Financial Examiners – Bachelors Degree
- Medical Scientists – Doctorate
- Physician’s Assistants – Masters Degree (not all doctors require this much education for their assistants in private practice).
- Skin Care Specialists – Vocational Certificate
- Biochemists/Biophysicists – Doctorate
- Athletic Trainers – Bachelor Degree
Top jobs/careers and the training/degree required
- Registered Nurses – Associate Degree (RN) – Some positions require the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
- Home Health Aides – On the job training and/or HHA Certificate.
- Customer Service Representatives – On the job training
- Combined Food Preparation-Service Workers – On the job training
- Personal/Home Care Aides – On the job training
- Retail Salespersons – On the job training
- General Office Clerks – On the job training
- Accountants/Auditors – Bachelors Degree
- Nursing Aides (CNAs), Orderlies, Attendants – Vocational Certificates
- Postsecondary Teachers (College Level) – Doctorate
Top 10 Hot Jobs Among All Internet Sources
- Physical Therapists
- Sales Associates and Sales Representatives
- Assistant Managers – Includes Retail and Restaurant.
- Store Managers – Retail, Finance, and Restaurant/Food Service.
- Family Practice and Internal Medicine Physicians
- Occupational Therapists
- Tax Preparers and Census Takers (tied)
- Sales Managers
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Project Managers – Domestic and International Business, private, government, and government contractor.
30 fastest growing occupations covered in the 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Occupation 2006-16 Required education
Network systems and data communications 53.4 Bachelor’s degree
Personal and home care aides 50.6 Short-term on-the-job training
Home health aides 48.7 Short-term on-the-job training
Computer software engineers, applications 44.6 Bachelor’s degree
Veterinary technologists and technicians 41.0 Associate degree
Personal financial advisors 41.0 Bachelor’s degree
Makeup artists, theatrical performance 39.8 Postsecondary vocational award
Medical assistants 35.4 Moderate-term on-the-job training
Veterinarians 35.0 First professional degree
Substance abuse/behavioral disorder counselors 34.3 Bachelor’s degree
Skin care specialists 34.3 Postsecondary vocational award
Financial analysts 33.8 Bachelor’s degree
Social and human service assistants 33.6 Moderate-term on-the-job training
Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators 33.6 Moderate-term on-the-job training
Physical therapist assistants 32.4 Associate degree
Pharmacy technicians 32.0 Moderate-term on-the-job training
Forensic science technicians 30.7 Bachelor’s degree
Dental hygienists 30.1 Associate degree
Mental health counselors 30.0 Master’s degree
Mental health and substance abuse Social workers 29.9 Master’s degree
Marriage and family therapists 29.8 Master’s degree
Dental assistants 29.2 Moderate-term on-the-job training
Computer systems analysts 29.0 Bachelor’s degree
Database administrators 28.6 Bachelor’s degree
Computer software engineers, systems software 28.2 Bachelor’s degree
Gaming & sports book writers & runners 28.0 Short-term on-the-job training
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health 28.0 Associate degree
Manicurists and pedicurists 27.6 Postsecondary vocational award
Physical therapists 27.1 Master’s degree
Physician assistants 27.0 Master’s degree
An occupation is placed into 1 of 11 categories that best describes the postsecondary education or training needed by most workers to become fully qualified in that occupation. For more information about the categories, see Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2006-07 edition, Bulletin 2602. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2006) and Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2008-09 edition, Bulletin 2702 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, forthcoming).
If your one of those interested in careers or jobs listed above, then you’re in luck! If not, there is no need to worry. The important thing for you is to obtain that degree. Whether it be a certificate which can last anywhere from a few weeks to 1 year, or an Associate’s that last about 2 years or Bachelor’s 4 year degree. Many degrees vary in length depending on the school, so be sure to check. But once you have that educational background and proof, then you have more opportunities than you think.
Are you movable?
If you are willing to move, the opportunities are endless!
Your Success is My success,
Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Career Closet. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.