Top 10 Best Hot Jobs and Careers for 2012 - 2022: Predictions, Analysis and Comparison
Business, Employment and Economics Analysts
At the end of the first decade of the new millennium, in 2010, the well known and respected Kiplinger Magazine provided analysts that predicted 13 Top Careers. These top careers are those within the American workforce, which began recovering from the Recession of 2008 - 2010, that would likely predominate the job and employment market during the decades 2010 - 2020, 2012 - 2022, and certainly beyond. as the American and global populations increase in average age. 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. After all, the State and Federal governments combine to list a Top 50 Employers in each of the 50 United States on the website ace.net; but on a major competitor's site, companies pay to be on the list; it is simply advertising that some readers take for reporting. Misinformation and mythology run rampant in these channels.
Here, let's look at my own findings of the Top 10 Hot Careers in America. This is based on data culled from among American Federal, State, and Local employment projections that are of public record. 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 (or PT) as a career has been the Number One producer of job listings coast-to-coast. long-term. It is still such in 2010 and 2011, but other Healthcare professions are increasing in numbers as well. The largest proportion of these PT jobs since at least 2008 are opening up throughout the State of 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. Physical Therapy , in fact, appeared somewhere below that group of 13, but still within the Top 20 Careers presented in the related video below. Perhaps, Physical Therapist will give way to the rising Occupational Therapist.
In February 2010 and in March through April 2011, PT was still the most frequently listed (highest demand) job listing across all Internet sources as a universe. This fact was shown by the aggregates presented on SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com. These are leaders in aggregating Internet-posted jobs from all sources (see links below).
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Top 10 Hot Jobs Among All Internet Sources
In December 2010, 4,100,000 job listings were posted Internet-wide for America. By late Spring and Summer 2011, over 5,000,000 jobs were posted.
The USA seems to maintain an Internet-listed job pool of over 5 million jobs. Among them, the following TOP 10 JOBS are most frequently listed on SImplyHired.com and Indeed.com combined. Each of these organizations offers search engines around the world as well.
Healthcare related jobs will likey increase to 2050 and probably past 2100.
TOP 10 JOBS:
- 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 2008 - 2018
Job titles that appear on both lists are in bold type.
Arranged by Percentage of Growth over previous figures, High to Low:
- Biomedical Engineers - At least a Bachelors Degree.
- 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 (HHAs) - HHA Certificate or On the Job Training under a licensed supervisor.
- Personal/Home Care Aides - On the Job Training, but many and community colleges are offering training and certifications.
- Financial Examiners - Bachelors Degree. although many job descriptions require a Masters.
- Medical Scientists - Doctorate.
- Physician’s Assistants - Masters Degree level (not all hospitals and doctors require this much education for assistants working in private practice, but a licensed MD or DO needs to be on site).
- Skin Care Specialists - Vocational Certificate. This is a non-medical position, but one that is often offered within the workings of a medical practice.
- Biochemists/Biophysicists - Doctorate
- Athletic Trainers - Bachelor Degree and above.
Arranged by Actual Numbers of Increasing Jobs, High to Low:
- Registered Nurses - Associate Degree or 3-year degree (RN) - Some positions require the BSN.
- Home Health Aides (HHA) - see above
- Customer Service Representatives - Moderate-length and ongoing training.
- Combined Food Prep-Service Workers - Like fast food, concessions, etc. - Usually trained at work.
- Personal/Home Care Aides - see above
- Retail Salespersons - Trained at work, but certifications are avaiabel in some communities.
- General Office Clerks - Same as for Rertail Sales above.
- Accountants/Auditors - Bachelors Degree at least. Forensic Accounting is growing very quickly.
- Nursing Aides (CNAs), Orderlies, Attendants - Usually require Vocational Certificates and ongoing training at work.
- Postsecondary Teachers (College Level) - Doctorate
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The Kiplinger Article Top 10 Careers to 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 may create 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 piots in thre military and privite 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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Employment Trends in the Kiplinger Top 10
The Top 10 Careers of the top 13 recommended by the Kiplinger artlcle mentioned above performed in this manner from 2008 - 2009:
- Federal Govt Manager - Increased in job listings 156%, especially under Stimulus Funding. From 2010 - 2011, they decreased.
- Higher-Education Administrators - University Administrators increased 68%
- Program Evaluators - Increased 18%, likely connected to Stimulus Funding.
- Global Corporation Executive - Decreased 11%
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists - Increased 50%
- Immigration Experts - Increased 82%; makes sense given US border concerns.
- Researchers - Research Scientist increased 51%
- Health-Informatics Specialists - Increased 89%
- Optometrist - Increased 116% -- Still increasing during Summer 2011, especially with the military services, particularly US Air Force. SPECULATION: We likely need more aviation and aerospace pilots, who require 20/20 vision without correction; perhaps assessment and eye surgery is increasing and is going to spike high numbers in privatized space flight and the US Mission to Mars.
- Genetic Counselor - Decreased 25%
From 2008 through 2009, job listings increased for 8 out of 10 of the careers recommended by the Kiplinger article. Physical Therapist jobs (ranked just below the top 10) did, indeed, decrease 22% beginning July 2009; yet, approximately 140,000 of these jobs were open at that time. PTs were advertised in increasing numbers from 2010 to mid-2011, along with Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists - all used by the elderly and increasingly by veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran.
[Reference: Kiplinger Magazine online; BLS, SimplyHired.com , Indeed.com ]