Hot Jobs of the Future

Despite the sluggish economy the nation has suffered over the last few years, certain industries are doing well and hiring robustly. If you are considering going to school or switching careers, here are a few industries you should consider:

hot jobs - registered nurseHealth Care

As baby boomers age, the health care needs of the country continue to grow. Health care is such a large industry that you can find jobs in many subfields. If taking care of patients is what you are interested in, consider becoming a registered nurse, a doctor, or a technician. On the other hand, if you are more business oriented, there are plenty of jobs in health care administration and even IT-related fields. Many of these jobs only require a couple years of schooling at a community college and pay very well. If you want to become a doctor, however, you will need to go to school for 8 years and then complete a multi-year residency.

Salaries in the health care industry are quite good across the board. Below is a sample of the median salaries of various positions:

  • Physician – Family Practice: $176,252
  • Registered Nurse: $66,340
  • X-Ray Technician: $48,859
  • Ultrasound Technologist: $65,824
  • Medical Records Administrator: $68,108

Truck Driving

There are plenty of positions in the truck driving industry, and not enough people to fill them, causing a shortage that may only get worse in the future. The main factor that keeps many people from entering this profession is that you must spend a lot of time away from home. Salaries and benefits for truck drivers have been going up as companies try to attract more applicants. Because of this, it is a great time to enter this industry if you are interested in a life on the road.

You will need to attend truck driving school and receive a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) before landing a job. However, this training can usually be completed in about 5 weeks if you go to school full-time. The median salary of a heavy truck driver is $38,226.

Information Technology

This is a booming industry that will continue to hire as the Internet expands, and computers become more sophisticated. The best jobs going forward will likely be for software programmers, especially in hot niches like mobile apps, web programming, and social media. Other great jobs can be found working with databases and networks.

Jobs in information technology generally pay well, as you can see from the list below:

  • Database Administrator: $88,022
  • Applications Programmer: $77,240
  • Network Engineer (Intermediate Level): $72,803
  • Customer Service Representative: $32,000

Other Hot Jobs

There are, of course, plenty of other promising industries that will be doing a lot of hiring in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following jobs will have the largest growth from 2010 to 2020:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Office Clerks, General
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
  • Childcare Workers
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Cashiers
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Receptionists and Information Clerks
  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
  • Construction Laborers
  • Medical Secretaries
  • First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  • Carpenters
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Security Guards
  • Teacher Assistants
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Medical Assistants

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