How To Pick A Career With The Most Job Openings
By Jim Stroud
Although I hate taxes as much as the next guy, I have to appreciate some of what I get for my money. Case in point, how often do you check the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics? Okay, there was a time would I would have said "never" as well. However, I feel myself being pulled back to it from time to time because of the piles and piles of data it has. For example, late last year the BLS published a report called "Employment Projections: 2012-2022 Summary." What did it do? In a nutshell, it looked at a bunch of numbers and predicted which industries would boom over the next decade and which would go the way of the dinosaur.
Hint, hint! If I were a college student picking out a career or someone who was about to invest in some vocational training, I would look really hard at data like this. It would be a tragedy to invest so much time and energy into an industry that will (most likely) be irrelevant by the time I graduate or complete my training program. (Make sense?)
Okay, here are some highlights from that report:
5 Fastest Growing Occupations by Projected Median Salary
In 2012, physician assistants earned $90,930 on average. There were 86.7 million physician assistant jobs in 2012. There will be to 120 million physician assistant jobs in 2022. A growth rate of 38.4 percent.
> Find a job as a physician assistant
In 2012, nurse practitioners earned $89,960 on average. There were 110.2 million nurse practitioner jobs in 2012. There will be to 147.3 million nurse practitioner jobs in 2022. A growth rate of 33.7 percent.
> Find a job as a nurse practitioner
Information Security Analyst
In 2012, information security analysts earned $86,170 on average. There were 75.1 million information security jobs in 2012. There will be to 102.5 million information security jobs in 2022. A growth rate of 36.5 percent.
> Find a job as an information security analyst
In 2012, industrial-organizational psychologists earned $83,580 on average. There were 1.6 million industrial-organizational psychologist jobs in 2012. There will be to 2.5 million industrial-organizational psychologist jobs in 2022. A growth rate of 53.4 percent.
> Find a job as an industrial-organizational psychologist
Health Specialties Teacher
In 2012, health specialties teachers earned $81,140 on average. There were 190 million health specialties teachers jobs in 2012. There will be to 258.6 million health specialties teachers jobs in 2022. A growth rate of 36.1 percent.
> Find a job as a health specialties teacher
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Government stats are definitely something to consider, but I would not rely solely on one resource when making a long-term career decision. I would also research trends in various markets and see what else rises to the top. Consider these searches:
In the above search I am asking Google to find all of the words "trends," "healthcare" and either "jobs" or "careers" in the title of a web document. (Please note that the "allintitle" command is exclusive to Google.) Among the results I find that:
- Robotics is a growing area in healthcare.
- Recent statistics revealed hospitals and group practices are aggressively pursuing physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurses. The recruiting is aimed to ensure primary care staffing levels can meet an anticipated increase in demand.
In the above search I am looking for the words "top" or "most" in the title of a web document and the word "jobs" and the phrase "in healthcare" in the title of a web document. Among the results I find:
- Biomedical engineers, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are among the top contract jobs for 2014.
- Diagnostic medical sonographer, respiratory therapists and medical secretaries are included in the top 10 growing entry-level jobs in healthcare.
The bottom line to all of this is to do the research before investing so much time and money into your career. Better safe, than sorry. Make sense?