With the economic recession biting hard, making a lot of people losing their jobs, the use of the internet by people to search for jobs have increased tremendously. While combing the internet as usual, I came across an article on Yahoo compiled by a Yahoo Education Staff about a forecast which looks bright for 7 hot careers and I have decided to brief you about these careers which have been forecasted to be the top jobs for 2010.
The forecast below, is for seven hot careers with job security, along with what you need to know to earn a paycheck worth waking up for in 2010.
1. Software Engineer
The Job – Design and develop the programs that make computers work.
The Trend – The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that jobs will grow rapidly over the next few years, at a 38 percent increase from 2006 to 2016, as everything from medical records to gun sales becomes computerized.
The Training – Most software engineers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering. A master’s degree can lead to more advancement opportunities.
2. Personal Financial Advisor
The Job – Help people manage their income, savings, and investments to make the most of their money for retirement and other financial goals.
The Trend – According to the Department of Labor, the ten-year growth in demand for financial advisors is expected to be a whopping 41 percent since many companies are doing away with pensions and the volatile stock market has people looking for expert advice.
The Training – Getting a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration will give you the tools to help people’s money work for them.
3. Home Care Nurse
The Job – Visit patients in their homes to take vital signs, administer medications, and monitor patients’ overall health. These nurses can be the patient’s primary health care provider on a day-to-day basis.
The Trend – While all nursing specialties are predicted to be in high demand, the need for in-home nurses should grow faster than other specialties – up 39 percent from 2006 to 2016, according to the Department of Labor – as baby boomers require additional care.
The Training – Get your associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing and pass your state’s licensing exam to get started.
4. Fitness Trainer
The Job – Work with people to help them design and carry out fitness programs.
The Trend – As Americans become more health conscious, the demand for people to help them stay in shape is projected to increase.
The Training – Most gyms require certification from one of several national fitness organizations. You can prepare for the certification exam with an associate’s degree in exercise science or physical education.
The Pay – Fitness centers pay trainers an average of $25,910, but most trainers are self-employed and can set higher rates – making it possible to earn $50,000 and up.
5. Veterinary Technician
The Job – Humans aren’t the only ones who need to stay healthy, and veterinary technicians perform clinical procedures like taking an animal’s temperature or giving shots, as well as lab tests and paperwork.
The Trend – The need for veterinary technicians is expected to increase 41 percent from 2006 to 2016, according to the Department of Labor, as pet owners demand better care for their furry family members and farm-animal techs are needed to perform food safety tests.
The Training – Get an associate’s degree in veterinary technology from a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, then pass a state credential exam. Or prepare yourself by earning an associate’s degree in medical assisting or surgical technology, since trainees with hands-on experience with lab equipment, including diagnostic and medical equipment, can advance quickly.
6. Special Education Teacher
The Job – Working with students who have learning disabilities can be challenging, but also rewarding. In fact, a University of Chicago study says that more than 70 percent of special education teachers report being “very satisfied” with their jobs.
The Trend – Projected growth should be faster than average due to increasing emphasis on special education for students who need it, and the understanding that students do best when they get that help early.
The Training – Get a bachelor’s degree in special education or qualify for a higher salary with a master’s degree. Each state requires a teaching license, which can sometimes include additional training in special education.
The Pay – Salaries vary by region and school setting, but some teachers earn as much as $78,020.
7. Database Administrator
The Job – Ensure that electronic data is organized, available, and secure.
The Trend – Companies will have more of these positions to fill because of the increasing reliance on computers for storage and distribution of information.
The Training – Most positions require at least an associate’s degree in computer science, and a bachelor’s degree will open the door to more positions and higher salaries.
Although the U.S. Constitution tells us that “All men are created equal,” the U.S. job market tells us that all jobs are not. The good news is that many degree and training programs are available to help you study from anywhere – and at anytime, in this decade or the next.
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