Top 10 Places to Find a Job

If you want a job with longevity and don't want to wake up in 20 years to discover your expertise is obsolete, perhaps you should consider some thriving industries. Get the upper hand by exploring these sectors the BLS projects will grow the fastest in the coming years:

Software publishing

Why it's hot: Nearly all organizations today rely on computer and information technology to conduct business and operate more efficiently. Because of continuing demand for higher-level skills needed to keep up with changes in technology, some 8,200 establishments are engaged primarily in computer software publishing or publishing and reproduction.

Who it employs: Computer specialists, including computer programmers, software engineers, computer support specialists, database administrators and computer systems analysts account for half of all workers in this industry. Businesses also need management, sales, customer service representatives, bookkeepers and administrative workers.

Management, scientific technical consulting services

Why it's hot: Businesses are increasingly using consultants because they are experienced, well-trained and knowledgeable about the industry. Consultants are also cost effective, because they can work on a temporary basis and can perform their duties outside of the influence of office politics.

Who it employs: Almost anyone with expertise in a given area can enter consulting. Consultants advise on almost everything, including: marketing, finance, corporate strategy, manufacturing processes, information systems, e-commerce, business, human resources, security, environmental compliance, workplace safety, technology and science.

Community and residential care facilities

Why it's hot: Its growth is due mostly to the expansion of services for the elderly and the aging baby-boom generation. Similarly, services for the mentally ill, the physically disabled, and families in crisis will be expanded. Increasing emphasis on providing home care services rather than more costly nursing home or hospital care, and on earlier and better integration of the physically disabled and mentally ill into society, will also contribute to employment growth in the social assistance industry, as will increased demand for drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Who it employs: Jobs in this field include recreational therapists; nursing, psychiatric and home health aides; occupational therapists and assistants; personal and home care aides; nurses, dieticians and nutritionists; medical and health service managers; building cleaning workers; chefs, cooks and food preparers.

Computer systems design and related services

Why it's hot: This is another industry burgeoning because of technology developments. Businesses often don't have internal resources to implement new technologies or satisfy their changing needs. There are 146,000 computer systems design and related services establishments that can meet the specialized needs of a company, whether it's setting up a secure Web site, establishing an online marketplace, managing an onsite data center or help-desk support.

Who it employs: The majority of workers in this industry are computer professionals, including computer systems analysts, computer engineers and computer programmers. Other jobs this industry generates are in sales, administrative and clerical, customer service, accounting and maintenance and repair.

Employment services

Why it's hot: Despite recent industry job losses, increasing demand for flexible work arrangements and schedules, coupled with high turnover has kept this industry growing. And temporary work provides an entry into the workforce, supplemental income and a bridge to permanent employment.

Who it employs: A common misconception is that employment services only finds temporary employment opportunities for clerical workers. In fact, the industry matches millions of people with temporary and permanent jobs in all areas – from secretary to computer systems analyst, and from general laborer to nurse. And there are also permanent positions within the industry including interviewers, marketing representatives, employment placement specialists and sales workers.

Individual, family, community and vocational rehabilitation services

Why it's hot: Projected job growth is primarily the result of expansion of services for the elderly and the aging baby-boom generation. Services for children, mentally ill, the physically disabled and families in crisis will also grow. Positions are concentrated in food and housing assistance, emergency relief, recreation, drug prevention, adoption, life skills and social development.

Who it employs: Workers in this industry include counselors, nursing, psychiatric and home health aides, social and human service assistants, social workers, and teachers in adult literacy, remedial and self-enrichment education.

Ambulatory health care services

Why it's hot: The number of people in older age groups, with much greater than average healthcare needs, will grow faster than the total population. Plus, new technologies will enable conditions not previously treatable to be identified and treated.

Who it employs: This sector includes ambulance services, blood and organ banks, and other miscellaneous ambulatory healthcare services, such as pacemaker monitoring services and smoking cessation programs. Because this industry segment includes ambulance services, it employs almost two out of every five emergency medical technicians and paramedics and a third of all ambulance drivers and attendants.

Water, sewage and other systems

Why it's hot: Water and sewage systems services are projected to be the only growing segment of utilities, with employment projected to increase 46 percent from 2002 to 2012. This segment is expected to grow as a result of an increase in the amount of waste generated from a growing population. Also, newly constructed housing developments are more likely to have community water supplies and waste treatment facilities, increasing demand for these services.

Who it employs: Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators control the process of treating water or wastewater, take samples of water for testing, and may perform maintenance of treatment plants. Other production, administrative and professional jobs include industrial machinery mechanics; general maintenance and repair workers; customer service representatives; office clerks; utilities meter readers; accounting and auditing clerks; engineers; engineering technicians and computer specialists.

Internet services, data processing and other related services

Why it's hot: Increased demand for residential and business land-line and wireless services, cable service, high-speed Internet connections, and software will fuel job growth among Internet service providers, Web search portals, and data processing services.

Who it employs: Computer software engineers, engineering technicians, computer programmers, line installers and preparers, customer service representatives, human resources, training managers, accountants and sales representatives.

Child daycare services

Why it's hot: With the increasing number of working parents, there is a growing need for child daycare services. This includes both all-day care for children under the age of 5 and before- and after-school care for older children. Plus, since more parents are working nights and weekends, the demand will grow for care during nontraditional hours.

Who it employs: Preschool teachers, teacher assistants, childcare workers, general and operations managers, education administrators, social workers, cooks and cafeteria workers, janitorial staff, bus drivers, and office and administrative staff.

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