Six Careers With Staying Power

10 Jul

The U.S. Department of Labor projects many industries – including health care and education – will experience high growth between 2010 and 2020, according to a February 2012 economic news release.

From Yahoo! Education

Those six careers are…

1.  Medical & Health Services Manager

Job Details: Health services managers typically manage finances of a department or facility, organize records like the number of inpatient beds used, and communicate with other members of the medical staff. The Department of Labor projects employment in this field to grow 22 percent, which is equivalent to 68,000 jobs, from 2010 to 2020.

2. Public Relations Specialist

Job Details: Most public relations specialists prepare information for publication in the media. It is also likely that some will develop and maintain their organization’s corporate image and identity, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Changes are taking place in the communications world, especially when it comes to the Internet and social media. New media – and the rapid spread of information on the Internet – will create more work for public relations workers. The Department of Labor projects the field to see a 23 percent growth, or 58,200 new jobs, from 2010 to 2020.

3.  Personal Financial Advisor

Job Details: If this career is for you, you’d likely spend most of your time meeting with clients in person to discuss their financial plans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, you’d monitor your clients’ accounts, recommend investments, and help clients plan for specific circumstances. Just as the health care industry will benefit from baby boomer retirees, this industry will, too. Why? Because according to the Department of Labor, the aging population will likely seek financial planning advice as they reach retirement. As a result, the Department predicts a 32 percent job growth from 2010 to 2020. That’s equivalent to 66,400 jobs.

4.  Kindergarten/Elementary School Teacher

Job Details: Kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically plan lessons that teach particular skills like reading and math, prepare students for standardized tests, and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior, the Department of Labor says.  Kindergarten and elementary school teachers will see a 17 percent increase in employment, or 281,500 jobs, from 2010 to 2020. This growth is due in large part to declines in student-teacher ratios and an increase in enrollment.

5. Paralegal

Job Details: Paralegals typically do a variety of tasks to help lawyers prepare for trial. This includes investigating cases, conducting research, and drafting correspondence, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  As employers try to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of legal services, they are expected to hire more paralegals, the Department of Labor says. The Department predicts that paralegals will see an 18 percent job growth, or 46,900 jobs, adding that a paralegal’s work is less likely to be offshored, which is great news for people who are looking for potential stability.

6. Software Developer

Job Details: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, software developers generally recommend software upgrades for existing programs, ensure that software continues to function through testing and maintenance, and collaborate with other computer specialists.  Because mobile technology requires new applications, and the health care industry is increasing its use of computer systems, the Department of Labor projects software developers to see a 30 percent job growth between 2010 and 2020, which is equal to 270,900 jobs.

Who me?  Well, since none of the aforementioned careers fit me–a right-brain, flittery, colorful, misfit–I will most likely be painting canvases and writing non/fiction pieces while grunting at power career people as they pass me by in their business suits. 

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