Top 10 Best Hot Jobs and Careers to AD 2024, With Analysis
Analyzing "Top Jobs"
At the end of the first decade of the new millennium in AD 2010, the well known and respected Kiplinger Magazine provided analysts that predicted 13 Top Careers.
These top careers are those within the American workforce that began recovering from the Great Recession and continued to grow. One major growth sector is healthcare and related industries.
For instance, Travel Nursing and other Travel Health Professions are offering increasingly high wages and extra benefits that include mortgage payment and should continue to do so to mid-century.
Advisability is on the side of examining at least two or three additional analytical journals for second opinions and to weed out author biases. Some "Top 10" lists of great jobs are filled with job titles only placed there by companies that paid for the placement.
Here, let's look at my own findings of the Top 10 High Demand Careers in America.
This is based on data culled from among federal, state, and local employment projections, along with the latest business news about incoming companies in major labor marketing.
We can compare the official government-predicted employment and job projections with actual employment trends and job listings in our national job market with the original 13 careers first mentioned above. Let us see if any match.
From my workforce development projects during the mid-1990s to date, I've found that Physical Therapist (PT) as a career has been the Number One producer of jobs. long-term. The largest proportion of PT jobs since 2008 are in Texas.
Related to new jobs, the US Federal Department of Labor chose Physical Therapist as a top pick for future job growth in the late 2000s, matching employment and job listing trends. However, this career did not appear in the Top 10 of the 13 predicted in the Kiplinger article mentioned at the top of this piece.
By AD 2014, the highest demand job in the US became that of truck drivers. Around the same time, the job title "home health aide" tied with the truck driving demand.
The USA seems to maintain an internet-listed job pool of over 5 million jobs.
Current Top 10 Hot Jobs
In December 2010, 4,100,000 internet job listings were available in the US, followed by 5,000,000 jobs in December 2011, and about 9,000,000 job listings by October 2012 before the American presidential election.
During September 2018, all job postings across the internet for America totaled about 5,000,000, despite the White House's insistence that the number was double that number.
The USA seems to maintain an internet-listed job pool of over 5 million jobs.
Highest Demand Jobs to AD 2024 and Beyond
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Assistant Managers - Retail and Restaurant.
- Managers - Financial Products, and Restaurant/Food Service.
- Family Practice and Internal Medicine Physicians
- Sales Associates/Salespeople
- Tax Preparers and Accountants
- Sales Managers and Sales Representatives
- Registered Nurses (RNs) - includes Travel Nursing
- Project Managers - Largely IT related; Domestic and International Business, private, government, and government contractor.
Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners, and Physician (or Physician's) Assistants and Medical Assistants; as well as Little Clinics in drug and grocery stores, are on the rise as a matter of cost containment and cost reduction, pulling business away from private practice MDs, DOs, and Emergency Rooms.
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US Federal Job Projections to AD 2024
Job Growth, Highest to Lowest:
- Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Personal Financial Advisor
- Research Analysts: Includes healthcare fields.
- Genetic Counselor
- Medical Sonographer
- Web Developer
Other High Demand Jobs
- Biomedical Engineers: At least a Bachelors Degree required.
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts - Bachelors Degree (many companies require graduate degrees, however in "real life"). This position will increase in importance and numbers, because IT cuts across all job fields in the 2010s. Look for it to explode with new jobs.
- Home Health Aides: HHA Certificate or On the Job Training under a licensed supervisor.
- Registered Nurses: Associate Degree or 3-year degree (RN) - Some positions require the BSN.
- Financial Examiners: Bachelors Degree. although many job descriptions require a Masters.
- Medical Scientists: Doctorate required and many of these professionals have more than one doctorate.
- Biochemists/Biophysicists: Doctorate
Kiplinger Article Top 10 Careers to AD 2020
- Federal Government Managers: Some of these jobs already appeared in top job listings on Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com in 2009, but disappeared by 2010.
- Higher-Education Administrators: Because professionals are working longer into the lifespan, this position may not emerge as a high demand job by 2020. However, the number of career academies and vocational schools providing certificates for 2 years or less of study may increase in the US. Stimulus Funding dollars spent to expand colleges, vocational schools, and universities created such a need. A larger amount of funding seems to be going to educational R&D, with resulting new jobs and products.
- Program Evaluators: Increased numbers of government programs require program evaluators and compliance officers to monitor government funding and the results achieved on the federal, state, county, and local levels. My experience is that with each change of US President, these jobs either increase or decrease for the next 4 or 8 years.
- Corporate Executives in Global Business Development or Global Workforces (International business). The recommended languages to know are Mandarin (a Chinese language), Hindi, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic,and Farsi. Chinese is expected, because of US financial borrowing from China and related future development, along with China's growth in International Business. Russian was a big language to know in the 1960s-1980s, and then fell out of celebrity -- More dealing with the Russian government and business sectors is expected 2010 - 2020. Many US corporations have offices and workforces in Arab nations as well.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists: Reportedly, this is the only type of Mental Health treatment that the new insurance system for America after 2012 will support. My experiences in providing treatment did not find this type to be the most effective for most patients. However, some applications of it are simpler and cheaper than all other Mental Health Treatments. My worst experience surrounding this treatment was listening to a psychologist tell a back-injured Workers Compensation client about reported back pain, "Your back does not hurt, so you have no pain." It was a very short treatment session, with very little further conversation and the patient was angry. It was a misapplication of the treatment, but you get my point - this therapy can be minimal and ineffective in some cases.
- Immigration Experts: This many be an imminent increase with the focus on legalizing undocumented workers.
- Researchers: Government funded topics involve physics, math, biology, engineering, and computer science (CIS). This is to be expected with the advance of Medical and Bio-engineering, privatized space flight, and other fields. Major Universities and businesses across America are already advertising Research Scientist positions. High School Curricula are promoting these lines of study as well.
- Health-Informatics Specialists: This involves the National Medical Database as well as increasing patient activity generated by an aging American population. it takes a legion of workers to construct and maintain such a national database, and it may not come to fruition.
- Optometrists: An increase in the need for these professionals likely has to do with an aging population and a need for pilots in the military and private aviation and aeronautics field.
- Genetic Counselors: This directly involves looking for genetically based diseases and conditions in order to repair damage, prevent or end conception, or treat patients more fully. However, there is a trend in clients' desire for wishing to design babies according to specific genetic information. This is not yet possible in the 2010s.
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- Bloomberg. Biggest Job Growth Expected in Health Care & Renewable Energyhttps://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-job-projections-2024/ Retrieved September 16, 2018.
© 2010 Patty Inglish MS