Start Your Path Today. Check Out The 17 Most In-Demand Jobs for 2018
Are you trying to choose a career path? Are you thinking about a new career? The Metro Path searched the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Job Outlook Handbook to find you the fastest growing jobs. Here are 17 occupations expected to be in-demand in the next 10 years. Most of these are perfect for people with only a high school diploma or GED. Click each title to learn more about the position.
If we had to choose the number 1 in-demand occupation, healthcare would be it. According to BLS, healthcare is expected to add about 2 million new jobs. This means, in terms of your job hunt, you’ll have a better chance of getting employment faster if you go into this field.
“If you’ve heard about nurses in the news lately, it was likely in an article about how there’s a shortage of qualified nurses out there. And in a healthcare field that continues to grow with no end in sight, that makes it a good career opportunity for someone interested in a patient care role. Nurses work in many different settings—hospitals, doctors’ offices, agencies, schools, clinics, and many more—providing and coordinating patient medical care. The demand for registered nurses is expected to grow more than 16% by 2022, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” (10 of the most in-demand jobs for 2018)
People in this occupation make sure health information is accurate, easily accessed and secure. Knowledge and understanding of medical records are required. A high school diploma and work experience are often enough to enter this field. In most cases, you need a certificate or an associate’s degree in health information technology. Individuals with a degree or certificate will be in higher demand.
Are you sensing a theme? Becoming a Medical Assistant, in general, only requires a high school diploma. You learn on the job. Some people obtain a certificate through a community college, vocational school, technical school and university. A Medical Assistant’s typical day involves recording patient history, measuring vital signs, data entry and scheduling appointments, among other things. You must be able to keep patience’s information confidential.
“Aging baby boomers, one group that increasingly is becoming concerned with staying healthy and physically fit, will be the main driver of employment growth in fitness workers.” (Top 30 fastest-growing jobs by 2018)
Businesses are beginning to realize the benefits of providing a health and fitness program for their employees. You can get started as a trainer and instructor with only a high school diploma. However, most employers require people to have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.
Some trainers work in health clubs, gyms and yoga studios. The type of training and education you need depends on your specialty. For example, becoming a yoga instructor requires different training than becoming a personal trainer.
Chefs and Head Cooks manage food-related businesses such as restaurants and campus kitchens. You don’t need formal education to succeed in these fields. Most people learn on the job while a few go to a community college or trade school. Key skills include the ability to run your own restaurant, creativity and communication.
Workers in this field generally perform food preparation, as the name suggestions, and cleaning duties. They greet customers, take orders, serve food, and clean work areas. Job titles include host/hostess, counter attendant and food server.
“Employment of food and beverage serving and related workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects in most dining establishments will be excellent because many workers leave the occupation each year, resulting in numerous job openings.” (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
“If you’re interested in becoming a construction laborer, formal education typically isn’t required. But high school classes in math can be helpful, and some people attend trade schools or community colleges for additional training” (The Fastest-Growing Jobs In America)
Some job titles include carpenter, roofer, painter and electrician. Construction is physically demanding as people are often required to work outside and in high places, no matter the weather while using a variety of materials and tools. As you can imagine, one of the key skills is physical strength. Another important skill is being able to complete basic math calculations.
You only need a high school diploma and little work experience to enter these fields. Janitors and Building Cleaners learn on the job. It does help if you took shop in high school. Key skills include an understanding of general maintenance equipment, time management and the ability to lift heavy objects often.
If you’re skilled in installing and repairing pipes, you’re in luck. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts jobs as Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters will grow faster than average. To enter this field, most people train on the job or attend a technical school. Others learn through apprenticing for 4-5 years. Most states require plumbers to be licensed.
Individuals in this field usually remove existing flooring or arrange new flooring according to a set design. They also trim excess carpet, among other things. You can enter this occupation with only a high school diploma. Most people learn the trade on the job. Key skills include customer service, being detail-oriented and the ability to stand or kneel for hours.
Often called HVACR, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigerator technicians manage systems that control temperature and air quality. The title pretty much explains what you do. At its basis, you install appliances. Jobs in this field are also expected to grow much faster than average. HVACR technicians need to attend a technical or trade school or a community college as installations have come more complex. To succeed in this field, you need strong math skills, time-management and mechanical skills.
Workers dispose of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead. Night, weekend and overtime shifts are common. You can enter this occupation with only a high school diploma. Like most occupations on this list, you train on-the-job. You don’t need work experience. However, employers prefer candidates with a background in construction. Most states and federal agencies require you to have specialized training.
People in this field install and maintain solar panel systems such as the ones found on rooftops. To get started, only a high school diploma is required. You learn the skills you need on the job. Since you’re using electrical equipment, you need strong mechanical skills. You also need to be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Software developers create the apps you use on your devices. They design, test and develop software. They are in charge of every aspect of the development process. For this occupation, you need strong programming skills, which means you need a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering or a related field. Even after you finish school, you must keep up-to-date on tools and computer languages. This is one of the few occupations on this list with a six-figure median salary.
“Data is big business, and being able to understand it and track it makes you an invaluable asset to any business. Being able to track, measure and utilize your findings from data is a skill that’ll serve you well beyond 2018.” (The 8 job skills of the future: Earn more money in 2018 with these technologies)
In this field, your job is to analyze data, even predict trends. In general, you collect data to help a company better market their service or product. Most people need a bachelor’s degree to become a Market Research Analyst. You can also enter the field if you have a business administration, social science or communication background. One key skill is, as the job title suggests, strong analytical skills, to be able to understand large amounts of data.
2017 has been plagued with large corporations admitting they’ve been hacked, resulting in thousands of customer data being stolen. Information Security Analysts prevent this from happening. Employers require workers to have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Others require applicants to have a Masters in Business Administration. You also need on-the-job experience through working in an IT (Information Technology) department. Some of the job duties include installing software, such as firewalls, monitoring a business’ network to watch for any breaches and researching trends.
A Computer and Information Research Scientist is another occupation with a six-figure median annual salary. They find innovative ways to use technology. These are the people involved in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. They’re also involved in writing algorithms for sites like Google and Facebook. To enter this field, you need a master’s degree in computer science or a related field. If you’re interested in working for the federal government, you only need a bachelor’s degree.
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