Top 10 Good Jobs Needing No Experience
Top OJT (On the Job Training) Jobs in America.
The US Department of Labor and each of the 50 US States analyzes information from accumulated work-related databases to prepare reports that reflect employment and business trends. Many counties and some Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development entities prepare these reports on a yearly basis for their areas, and sometimes break figures down by the fiscal quarter.
Since Michigan has suffered a large number of layoffs and an increasing Unemployment Rate across the state, I have been analyzing business and labor data from a variety of additional resources for the Wolverine State. This includes actual job listings in comparison to Top Job forecasts for the State and various Metro Areas. Happily, there has actually been some correlation between the forecasts and actual jobs posted by employers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has allocated Employment & Training funds along with Infrastructure funding to create new jobs, and Education & Childcare monies to help the unemployed and underemployed and their children. The additional funds will help some fully employed workers to keep their jobs and to receive additional Ongoing Professional Development learning to advance into a healthier economic future.
THE BOTTOM LINE FOR JOB SEEKERS
This article will look at the Top 10 Jobs in relation to:
- Forecasts from available data through 2016,
- Demonstrated job numbers increases, 2009 - 2012, to the end of President Obama's first term, via the ARRA Stimulus Package findings, and
- Jobs usually in high demand and available on job search engines across the Internet.
For a preview, see a similar Hub completed for the State of Michigan: Hot Jobs in Michigan that do not require Education Post High School. These occupations will include OJT and some wlll require Certification, but many require no prior experience.
Who Will Win the Fast Growing Jobs?
- Between 2009 and 2016 and 2015 - 2025, fewer workers from ages 16 - 54 will exist.
- During the same years, more Senior Citizen workers aged 55+ will exist.
We have heard of the aging American population for decades, but what are the related implications for new jobs?
- First, by 2016 the labor pool is to have grown to 164,200,000. This is over 13 million more people, but less than the increase of 1996 – 2006, which was 17.5 million. However, we still have 13 million+ more people that need jobs by 2016. Unemployment rates in most US States were already high in early 2009.
- Second, we have more Senior Citizens (ages 55+) in the labor pool by 2016 - almost 50% more, so they are a) the fastest growing part of the labor pool and 2) the fastest growing part of the American population overall. At the same time, they are having a harder time keeping jobs and finding replacement employment when downsized.
- Working Young People ages of 16 and 24 and the audience for many education and job training programs supported by tax dollars is decreasing from 14.8 to 12.7% of the total. This suggests a that there will be less cometition between youth and adults for the same jobs. That's about 3,280,000 jobs freed up for adults by 2016. Surplus Youth Tax dollars can be used elsewhere as well.
- Working Adults ages 25 and 54 are decreasing by 3.8%, even though they increasing by 2.8% in the actual population -- There are more of them, but fewer able to work by 2016. These are still more jobs available for the fastest growing sector of Senior Citizens.
The Aging American Workforce
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Some wonder if men are losing jobs to women because women will accept a lower pay rate. However, statistics show that in January - April 2012, over twice as many women were lost out of the workfore
No Experience Required?
The Top 30 Jobs with the largest # of new positions, 2006-2016
Each entry lists the job title, number of new jobs expected within the decade ending 2016. The number of new jobs over and above these figures that will be added by money offered by the ARRA is not available.
Fortunately, many of the Top 30 List of occupations creating the most new job openings require NO EXPERIENCE and only short OJT once workers are on the job. Unfortunately, not all of them are well-paying jobs.
Other jobs in this list may not require previous experience, but they do require postsecondary education and a certificate or a diploma. The advanced education may be a barrier to employment for those that cannot afford it. Training dollars are available to qualified individuals from WIA job offices in each county, boosted by the Obama Stimulus Package of 2009. For instance, California received an additional $80,000,000,000 and a large part of this was meant for Employment and Training and infrastructure jobs.
Nursing Jobs at All Levels Are Increasing In the 21st Century
Top 30 Jobs Projected Through 2016
My notes are added to explain discrepancies and developments.
- Registered Nurses (RNs) 587,000 Associate degree - This is usually a 2-year degree from a nursing school or college and can lead into a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). In some schools, a students can work at the attached hospital and earn tuition reimbursement each semester and receive time-off with pay to attend nursing classes. This is the fastest growing career field in America, because of new position and turnover, and Travel Nursing, even within one's own city is even more well-paying.
- Retail Sales 557,000 Short OJT
- Customer Service Reps 545,000 Moderate-term OJT
- Combined Food Prep and Service jobs 452,000 Short OJT
- Office clerks 404,000 Short OJT
- Personal Aides and Home Care Aides 389,000 Short OJT
- Home Health Aides 384,000 Short OJT
- Postsecondary Teachers 382,000 Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or PsyD or EdD)
- Janitors & Cleaners (not maids/housekeepers) 345,000 Short OJT
- Nursing Aides, orderlies, and related 264,000 Postsecondary Training Certificate
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 264,000 Moderate OJT
- Wait Staff 255,000 Short OJT
- Child Care Workers 248,000 Short OJT
- Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 239,000 Work experience in a related job. Some employers are requiring a certificate from a vocational school or a bachelor's degree.
- Computer Software Applications Engineers 226,000 Bachelor's degree (at least)
- Accountants and Auditors 226,000 Bachelor's degree. Forensic Accounting is gaining stature and new job openings. This tracks down fraud, error, and mishandling of funds.
- Landscaping and Groundskeepers 221,000 Short OJT
- Mainstream Elementary School Teachers 209,000 Bachelor's degree. In Ohio, all teachers have a time limit by which they must have earned a Masters Degree to continue teaching. Some colleges have discussed not awarding an endpoint Bachelor's, but only the Master's. College dropouts generally have 10 years to return and complete their degrees in Ohio. ARRA education funds may increase the number of teachers needed through 2016.
- Receptionists and Information clerks 202,000 Short OJT
- Truck drivers - semis, tractor-trailers 193,000 Moderate OJT and CDL license. The licensing may be included in the training program. ARRA funds may be used for new trucking jobs related to infrastructure construction.
- Maids and Housekeepers 186,000 Short OJT
- Security Guards 175,000 Short OJT
- Carpenters 150,000 -- This is an Apprenticeship Program with 150,000 new josb forecast to 2016. (Long OJT)A Journeyman Carpenter is as qualified in his trade as a physician is in his/her own. The ARRA is likely to boost new job numbers for this occupation, through infrastructure projects.
- Management Analysts 149,000 Bachelor's or higher degree and Experience.
- Medical Assistants 148,000 Moderate OJT. Many vocational schools have emerged that offer training for a Certificate in Medical Assisting. Some employers prefer Medical Assistant applicants to possess these certificates.
- Computer Systems Analysts 146,000 Bachelor's degree (at least)
- General Maintenance and Repair jobs (does not include auto mechanics) 140,000 Moderate OJT
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 140,000 Bachelor's degree (at least)
- Food Preparation Jobs - cafeteria, hospitals, retirement centers schools, etc. - 138,000 Short OJT
- Teacher's Assistants - 139,000 Short OJT. Some school districts use volunteers such as grandparents when enough paid assistants are not available. (A few school districts I know require a Bachelor's degree for this position, but this is in a special needs classroom and may be justified.) Money allocated for education under the ARRA and Stimulus Package may increase these jobs further.
Several of the jobs listed above, especially IT related work, could be increased in connection with ARRA projects. Some idea of this can be seen on Recovery.Gov at the US State progress inks. A full 19 out of 30 of the jobs listed above reportedly require no additional education above high school and no prior experience.
Compare Projections To the Actual Top Job Listings
A breakdown of high demand job listings is discussed at:
Cities With the Largest Job Listings
What Do the People Percentages Look Like?
Top 10 Fast Growing Jobs by Percentage Increase To 2016
The following Top 10 List differs somewhat from the top 10 in the group above, among jobs of the greatest numbers of openings. Only three out of the Top 10 can be performed straight out of high school with no experience and in some Cities, only the two categories of Aides is included. Position descriptions online and in news ads often state the qualifications required for the Medical Assistant openings, so you can find out.
- Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts 53% increase Bachelor’s Degree
- Personal Aides & Home Care Aides 51% Short OJT
- Home Health Aides 49% Short OJT
- Computer Software Applications Engineers 45% Bachelor's Degree
- Veterinary Techs 41% Associate’s Degree
- Personal Financial Advisors 41% Bachelor's Degree
- Makeup Artists, Theatrical/Performance 40% Postsecondary Vocational Certificate
- Medical Assistants 35% Moderate OJT - However, this job may require a training Certificate in some companies.
- Veterinarians 35% First Professional Degree (Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine Or DVM)
- Substance Abuse And Behavioral Disorder Counselors 34% Bachelor's Degree
Aging and Finding a Job
Many more of the oldest of the older Americans will be in the workforce by 2016. This is likely cause for the discussions we hear about raising the standard retirement age to 75. This would free older people to work more "legitimately" perhaps, at the same time guarding against any demise of the Social Siurcity system. If not degreed or if out of the workforce for some years, the OJT jobs in the fastest growing occupations may be the right jobs for many of these individuals.
Since more Seniors Citizens will be working and looking for work, then job applications and interviewing processes may need to change with that trend. This might include eliminating some interview questions and some pre-employment testing. For example, a question about the top 5 hip hop stars and some youth-oriented scenario questions in 2016 would probably not elicit a response. Credit checks for Seniors might be inappropriate. Overall, Workforce Development as a discipline needs to look into this.
An interesting aspect of these changes is that adults ages 25 - 54 will be competing with Senior Citizens for the same jobs, instead of with the youth as they did in previous years.
© 2009 Patty Inglish