Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to Choose a Career That Is In Demand For Your Future

I personally would have loved to have a compendium like this whenever I was choosing my career. Rather than research careers that were in demand at the time, I chose to go to college for what I love: art. Since I am not preparing french fries or flipping burgers (jobs are at a premium now, so I am not devaluing people in the food industry) I consider my Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design well spent as it gave me a job as a webmaster. My student loans are paid off (thank God I won't be paying them until I'm retiring) and I can focus on paying for my daughter to live well and be taken care of.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a career that will give you job security in this shaky and volatile job market. Layoffs are happening all the time. Making a choice for not only the present, but the future as technology becomes more advanced, is a daunting task. In order to aid you through your own career-building process, I have researched several websites and found the college degrees that are in highest demand, the fastest growing industries in our society, this years most in demand careers, and ten skills that are in highest demand in computer and technology-based fields of study.

The Top 5 College Degrees In Highest Demand
  1. Business Administration:
    starting salary: Associate's: Human Resources $49,821
    Bachelor's: Project manager, Construction $76,908
    Master's: Health Care $111,477
    PhD: Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management $150,000
  2. Engineering:
    starting salary: Electrical Engineering: $103,350
    Chemical Engineer: $106,670
    Aerospace Engineer: $108,750
    Oil and Gas Engineer: $157,480
  3. Computer and Information Sciences:
    starting salary: Associate's: $30,000
    Bachelor's: $50,000
    Master's: $60,354
    PhD: $98,179
  4. Accounting:
    starting salary: 0-1 years experience: $45,500
    1-3 years: $54,750
    Senior: $68,250
    Manager: $82,500
  5. Economics:
    starting salary: Associate's: $48,483
    Bachelor's: $57,000
    Master's: $80,000
    PhD: $96,000
Top 5 Fastest Growing Industries
  1. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
    Growth: 83%
    Degree Examples: Management Program Human, Resources Degree, Environmental Science Degree
  2. Source
    Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities
    Growth: 74%
    Degree Examples: Human Services Degree, Social Work Degree
  3. Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists and audiologists
    Growth: 56%
    Degree Examples: Physical Therapy Degree, Occupational Therapy Degree
  4. Data processing, hosting, and related services
    Growth: 53%
    Degree Examples: Computer Science Degree, Networking Degree, Systems Administration Degree
  5. Home health care services
    Growth: 46%
    Degree Examples: Nursing Degree, Adult Health Nursing Degree, Nurse Midwife Program
Top 5 In Demand Careers In 2012
  1. Office Careers
    All businesses need administrators, and it's your job to keep the office working at maximum efficiency. Choose your office carefully, and gain as much professional work experience as you can to improve your earnings.
    Example Degrees: Business Administration, Medical/Clinical Assistant, Administrative/Executive Assistant
  2. Healthcare Careers
    There is not enough healthcare, so there will always be a demand for healthcare careers. If you want to skip medical school enroll in the nursing program. There are also more technological positions, and a degree in ultrasound tech, medical billing, and radiologist technology are all needed in our hospitals.
  3. Technology Careers
    With our dependance on technology being so prevalent across all forms of business, this career is almost guaranteed to be around for a long time. You can be introduced to this career even earlier than a 4-year degree by applying at a trade school or technical college.
  4. Creative Careers
    Over the years art and technical jobs have been merging. Graphic designers(like me) are in more fields of work than ever before. We don't just do graphics work now, we also do websites and information technology. In order to stay more in the artist and conception parts of graphic design, outsourcing and freelancing has become the staple of graphic designers' income.
  5. Sales Careers
    If you're a people-person and have a knack for public speaking, a career in sales may be right up your alley. There will always be a demand for people with, “the gift of gab” to sell a company's merchandise or services. A marketing or merchandising degree will be a great way to get some reputation, but most salespeople will tell you, “you either have it or you don't.”
Top Ten Skills In Demand For Technology Jobs
  1. Java/J2EE Developers
  2. Software Developers/Engineers
  3. Mobile Developers
  4. Net Developers
  5. Project Managers
  6. Web Developers
  7. System Engineers/Administrators
  8. Network Engineers/Administrators
  9. SAP Professionals
  10. Business Analysts

Use this knowledge wisely, and make sure when you make a decision about your career you're serious about it. Confucious once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Make sure you choose something you're prepared to do for the rest of your life, and always do your best at whatever you do. Most things in life don't have do-overs.

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Please leave a comment if you have any other information on these careers or general career advice to our youth and those that are looking for a new career!


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    1. Thanks a lot, Excellencecenter! Glad you found it informative. Knowledge is power!

  2. Nice start guys...I went through the website and I found that you made decent point here. Keep up the topic that everyone can choose one of the best. Thanks.

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  3. Thanks for the additional comment. Please make sure your comments are helpful...More suggestions on careers in demand or anything like that so we can be helpful to our readers...

  4. We have been outsourcing nurses from all around the world because there are few to none people who are willing to be a nurse. You see, being a nurse is sort of a calling. It is more than just a career but it is the vocation. It is also regarding serving other people. If you want to be financially prepared when starting a household, consider being a registered nurse since the salary rate of this kind of profession is relatively high compared to other jobs. When you have families who want to provide good education to their kids, why not consider a career change? Talk to your partner about the great probabilities of being a nurse. Many single parents who're working as nurses have raised their kids well simply because they were able to supply good education, healthy food and be able to give them what they desire.

    1. This is a very good comment, Jush! Thanks for stopping by and typing that up.

      Nurses are very much in need and appreciated. It is indeed a career like teaching or something similar. You don't get into nursing for the glamor, you do it to help people. We appreciate everyone who is a nurse, you're thanked far less than you deserve!

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  5. You need to try stuff to see what will make you happy. Do that.