8 hot jobs to land in 2013
Unemployment figures in the U.S. continue to dip. As of February, 7.7 percent, or 12 million people, were out of work. Those are still a lot of slots to fill.
And while work is still hard to come by, some jobs are easier to land than others — that is, if you have the right skill set and education.
Many of the fast-growing careers are in the health care field, says Laurence Shatkin, co-author of “Best Jobs for the 21st Century.”
The major trends are the aging of the population and improved technology that have created remedies for various medical conditions,” Shatkin says. Add to these trends the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, where more people have access to health care, and you have an expanding market for health care workers.
Fast-Growing Jobs That Don’t Require A 4-Year Degree
Many industries were hit hard by the recession and are still struggling to rebound. Yet the health care sector not only made it through the economic downturn relatively unscathed, it experienced growth. This growth has no sign of slowing down — the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will add 5.6 million health care jobs from 2010 to 2020, the largest projected increase of any industry.
Why the industry is booming: Americans are living longer than ever before, and as the population ages, the demand for medical care will only continue to increase. Also, since at its core health care is about patient care, most jobs need to be performed in person and can’t be automated or replaced by technology.
Employers need workers at all levels: Yet even though health care workers are in demand, employers often struggle to find the right people to fill open positions. This may be in part due to a misconception that all health care jobs require decades of education and training, potentially discouraging job seekers from entering the field. The fact is that employers are in need of workers across all levels and functions.
Is Nursing Still an Attractive Career Choice?
At a time of grim prospects for Americans without a college degree, nursing can look like a rare chance not just for a job but a real career.
Or at least it did.
There were more than 2.6 million registered nurses employed in the U.S. in 2012, according to the Labor Department, plus another 718,000 licensed practical and vocational nurses and tens of thousands of nurse practitioners and other advanced specialists. RNs made nearly $68,000 per year on average in 2012, and the Labor Department expects employment to grow by more than a quarter between 2010 and 2020.
Nursing’s appeal isn’t just its size or growth prospects but also its low barriers to entry: Registered nurses typically needed only an associate’s degree, and licensed practical nurses don’t need a college degree at all. And unlike many jobs available to less-educated workers, nursing offers a clear upward path: LPNs can become RNs. RNs can become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives or nurse practitioners, who can perform many tasks traditionally performed by doctors. Hospitals often provided on-the-job training or tuition reimbursement to help lower-level nurses advance.
But now all of that is changing.
Originally posted 2016-04-29 15:02:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter