By Susan Ricker
2014 is just around the corner, and so is the opportunity to score an in-demand, high-paying job in the New Year. CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International compiled a dozen hot jobs that are not only growing, but pay well too. The list was based on occupations that grew 7 percent or more from 2010 to 2013, are projected to increase in 2014, and fall within a higher-wage category of $22 per hour or more.
Not only do these jobs offer financial and career security, but they also contribute to the economic growth of other occupations. But be ready to prove your skills if you want one of these roles.
"More high-wage jobs will be created in 2014 which will, in turn, fuel the creation of jobs at lower pay levels," says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. "The challenge is many of these in-demand, skilled positions are in areas where companies are already experiencing a shortage of qualified labor. As a nation, we need to focus on reskilling workers of all ages and providing them with affordable education to catch up to labor demands in technology, health care and other key sectors."
Whether you've already got the talent it'll take to get one of these jobs, are considering a career switch or are looking ahead, consider these high-wage jobs that are the best for 2014: