Making Career Choices (2.2)
Fastest Growing Careers
If you want to take a highly demanded career to stay marketable as a professional, these are the hottest ones:
- Computer engineers -requires advanced degree, analytical mind, and excellent math/science skills
- Computer support specialists — help desk personnel — requires a broad knowledge of computer applications and good social skills
- Systems analysts
- Database administrators
- Desktop publishing specialists — computer skills and creativity
- Paralegals and legal assistants — eye for detail, tenacious researching skills
- Physician assistants — not quite a doctor, but with more patient contact and care than nurses
For most current projections check:
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook
This is the place to begin, of course , in researching particular occupational fields. It is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ official handbook.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Projections
You may wish to supplement the Outlook Handbook with figures and articles concerning the projected future of particular occupations. In that case, this is the site to visit.
- Learning How To Become, a non-commercial organization, provides detailed insight into more than 50 of today’s most popular career fields, including accounting, engineering, medical assisting, nursing, firefighting, financial advising and teaching.
Top Careers for Hispanics
As read on Bloomberg’s article: Without Hispanics, America’s corporations cant grow and compete; “The cultural demographic shift in the United States is about the workplace and marketplace telling us it’s becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business. This is exactly what Hispanics are awakening corporations to, as they begin to recognize that young professionals entering the workforce are in search of the right career and employer who will allow them to be their most authentic selves. This equally holds true to those Hispanic professionals who have been battling the gulf between assimilation and authenticity for years – and are now ready to advance as 21st century leaders by allowing the influence of their cultural values to empower the natural ways they think, act and are motivated to perform at work.”
By 2016, Hispanics constituted 16.4 percent of the nation’s work force. According to Bloomberg Business Week, the Top 10 Careers for 2011 were:
- Massage Therapist – projected to grow in demand as baby boomers age and people of all generations recognize the physical and mental health benefits associated with massage therapy.
- Athletic trainer -these jobs require an understanding of physiology (don’t skip biology classes, students) and strong listening and communication skills.
- Interpreter/Translator -It’s a global economy, and vital connections and business deals can’t happen without sophisticated interpretation and translation. Multilingual people who understand business and the nuances of language are in demand for interpreting presentations in real time and translating documents.
- Computer Support Specialist – As teams go virtual and technology continues to morph, computer support specialists are already in short supply in many organizations, being bilingual is an asset
- Meeting Planner -These professionals put together educational, business, and leisure events and bring big convention and tourism dollars to needy cities and resort areas.
- Court Reporter – The profession requires great listening skills, fast fingers, and (we’re conjecturing here) an ability to keep one’s face immobile while people are saying outlandish and sordid things.
- Public Relations Specialist – All types of organizations understand that a savvy PR pro’s ability to grab media attention can make or break them. If you’re an established or budding writer with a research bent and fearless about reaching out to reporters and bloggers, PR might make a great career.
- Mediator – They listen to both sides and help parties in business disputes, real estate wrangles, and other battles find common ground—and avoid court costs
- Film & Video Editor – This field requires specialized training, of course. It makes a great choice for creative types who want to expand their horizons or for photographers and filmmakers looking to boost their earning potential.
- Financial Analyst – People who love numbers and analysis, and can speak Human when dealing with numerically non savvy types, are already in hot demand.