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It still feels like a recession to many people, and the jobs market remains stagnant. However, there are some jobs that are expected to show significant growth over the next decade. If you are contemplating a career change, or if you are just starting out with your education, it might be worth it to consider a position that is set for growth. CNN Money and Payscale.com put together a list of the best jobs in America, and I looked at the rankings by growth prospects. Here are 20 jobs to consider:
- 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
Obviously, some of these jobs require more extensive training than others. You might even need a four-year degree. I thought it interesting, though, that Physician Assistant was up there. That’s a job that may not require as much formal education, as there are plenty of accelerated programs for PAs. You also might find that your current skills translate well into another area. I can see where someone in a business or health field could take their skills and translate them to a job as a business development analyst or healthcare consultant.
Of course, you also have to consider other factors, including quality of life. While a satisfying, low stress job may not seem as important right now, when the job market is so tough, you might find yourself dissatisfied later. However, some high growth jobs on the list are also considered low stress by CNN Money and Payscale.com. Some of the top growth jobs, like biomedical engineer, civil engineer and optometrist, are also considered low stress jobs.
If low stress is more important to you, you can also consider web developer, technical writer and marketing consultant. (Although I’m not sure I’d say that being a marketing consultant is particularly low stress — since you can get fired for not producing desired results!)
No matter what job you try for, you are going to need to try and sell yourself. You will be competing with a number of other candidates, all of whom are trying to present their best selves in a tough job market. This means you will need to be able to show how your skill set fits the job you are looking for. You will also need to find a way to show how you go above and beyond what other candidates might be offering.
Another consideration is whether or not you have the training to do the job you want. If you want one of the jobs on the “top growth” list, you might consider finding out what education and skills development you need. Now might be a good time to get that training. If you already have a job, you can get the training you need on a part-time basis, sticking it out at your current job until you are ready to go job hunting. Who knows? Maybe by the time you are ready for a new career, the jobs situation will have improved and your skills will be in high demand.
Do you like your current job?