I found this awesome information regarding job/career rankings. I found it at Kiplinger’s Experts, and Kiplinger Magazine columnist Marty Nemko predicted 13 careers in America that will predominate the job market from 2010 – 2020.

US Federal Job Projections 2008 – 2018

Arranged by Percentage of Growth over previous figures, high to low; with educational requirements:

  1. Biomedical Engineers – Bachelors Degree
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts – Bachelors Degree (many companies require graduate degrees, however in “real life”).
  3. Home Health Aides – Short-Term OJT and/or HHA Certificate.
  4. Personal/Home Care Aides – On the job training
  5. Financial Examiners – Bachelors Degree
  6. Medical Scientists – Doctorate
  7. Physician’s Assistants – Masters Degree (not all doctors require this much education for their assistants in private practice).
  8. Skin Care Specialists – Vocational Certificate
  9. Biochemists/Biophysicists – Doctorate
  10. Athletic Trainers – Bachelor Degree

Top jobs/careers and the training/degree required

  1. Registered Nurses – Associate Degree (RN) – Some positions require the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  2. Home Health Aides – On the job training and/or HHA Certificate.
  3. Customer Service Representatives – On the job training
  4. Combined Food Preparation-Service Workers – On the job training
  5. Personal/Home Care Aides – On the job training
  6. Retail Salespersons – On the job training
  7. General Office Clerks – On the job training
  8. Accountants/Auditors – Bachelors Degree
  9. Nursing Aides (CNAs), Orderlies, Attendants – Vocational Certificates
  10. Postsecondary Teachers (College Level) – Doctorate

Top 10 Hot Jobs Among All Internet Sources

In February 2010, 3,000,000 job listings were gathered by Indeed.com. Among them, these ten positions were most frequently listed on the job trending sites SImplyHired.com and Indeed.com.

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Sales Associates and Sales Representatives
  3. Assistant Managers – Includes Retail and Restaurant.
  4. Store Managers – Retail, Finance, and Restaurant/Food Service.
  5. Family Practice and Internal Medicine Physicians
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Tax Preparers and Census Takers (tied)
  8. Sales Managers
  9. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  10. Project Managers – Domestic and International Business, private, government, and government contractor.

Fastest growing occupations

30 fastest growing occupations covered in the 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Occupation                                             2006-16     Required education

Network systems and data communications  53.4             Bachelor’s degree

Personal and home care aides                              50.6             Short-term on-the-job training

Home health aides                                                    48.7             Short-term on-the-job training

Computer software engineers, applications   44.6             Bachelor’s degree

Veterinary technologists and technicians       41.0             Associate degree

Personal financial advisors                                    41.0             Bachelor’s degree

Makeup artists, theatrical performance       39.8             Postsecondary vocational award

Medical assistants                                                   35.4             Moderate-term on-the-job training

Veterinarians                                                            35.0             First professional degree

Substance abuse/behavioral                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               disorder counselors                                                34.3             Bachelor’s degree

Skin care specialists                                                34.3             Postsecondary vocational award

Financial analysts                                                    33.8             Bachelor’s degree

Social and human service assistants                33.6             Moderate-term on-the-job training

Gaming surveillance officers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and gaming investigators                                      33.6              Moderate-term on-the-job training

Physical therapist assistants                               32.4             Associate degree

Pharmacy technicians                                            32.0             Moderate-term on-the-job training

Forensic science technicians                               30.7             Bachelor’s degree

Dental hygienists                                                      30.1             Associate degree

Mental health counselors                                      30.0             Master’s degree

Mental health and substance abuse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Social workers                                                          29.9             Master’s degree

Marriage and family therapists                          29.8             Master’s degree

Dental assistants                                                      29.2             Moderate-term on-the-job training

Computer systems analysts                                29.0             Bachelor’s degree

Database administrators                                      28.6             Bachelor’s degree

Computer software engineers,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       systems software                                                     28.2             Bachelor’s degree

Gaming & sports book writers & runners      28.0             Short-term on-the-job training

Environmental science and protection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       technicians, including health                               28.0             Associate degree

Manicurists and pedicurists                                 27.6             Postsecondary vocational award

Physical therapists                                                   27.1             Master’s degree

Physician assistants                                                 27.0             Master’s degree

An occupation is placed into 1 of 11 categories that best describes the postsecondary education or training needed by most workers to become fully qualified in that occupation.  For more information about the categories, see Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2006-07 edition, Bulletin 2602. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2006) and Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2008-09 edition, Bulletin 2702 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, forthcoming).

If your one of those interested in careers or jobs listed above, then you’re in luck! If not, there is no need to worry. The important thing for you is to obtain that degree. Whether it be a certificate which can last anywhere from a few weeks to 1 year, or an Associate’s that last about 2 years or Bachelor’s 4 year degree. Many degrees vary in length depending on the school, so be sure to check. But once you have that educational background and proof, then you have more opportunities than you think.

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If you are willing to move, the opportunities are endless!

Your Success is My success,

Keith Lipke

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Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Career Closet. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.