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Top OJT (On the Job Training) Jobs
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 allocated Employment & Training (E & T) funds along with infrastructure money to create new jobs, and Education & Childcare funds to help the unemployed and underemployed and their children.The results indicated success.
This article will look at the Top 10 Jobs related to:
- Forecasts from available data to 2018
- Demonstrated job numbers increases
- Jobs usually in high demand and available on job search engines across the Internet
Who Will Win the Fast Growing Jobs?
Indicators point to two certainties:
- Between 2009 and 2016 and 2015 - 2025, fewer workers from ages 16 - 54 will exist.
- During the same years, larger numbers of Senior Citizen workers age 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 16 - 24 and the audience for many education and job training programs supported by tax dollars decreased from 14.8% to 12.7% of total workers during the Obama years (2009 - 2016). This suggested less competition between youth and adults for the same jobs, and that's what I saw in Ohio during those years. About 3.3 million jobs were freed up for adults.
- Working Adults ages 25 - 54 decreased in number by 3.8%, even though that age group increased by 2.8% in the US population. By 2016, there were more people in this age group, with fewer able to work.
Nursing Jobs at All Levels Are Increasing
The federal, state and local job growth projections for the occupations below were exceeded by 2016 and much further exceeded by June 2018.
Top 30 Jobs Projected Through 2016
My notes are added to explain discrepancies and developments.
- Registered Nurses (RNs): 587,000 new jobs expected. 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 new jobs; Short OJT
- Customer Service Reps: 545,000; Moderate-term OJT
- Combined Food Prep and Service: 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
- Post-secondary Teachers: 382,000; Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or PsyD or EdD)
- Janitors & Cleaners: 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.
- Receptionists and Information clerks: 202,000; Short OJT
- Truck drivers for semis, tractor-trailers: 193,000; Moderate OJT and CDL license. The licensing may be included in the training program. ;
- Maids and Housekeepers: 186,000; Short OJT
- Security Guards: 175,000; Short OJT
- Carpenters 150,000 jobs: 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.
- 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; at least a Bachelor's degree
- Food Preparation Jobs in 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.)
No Experience Required?
Many of the Top 30 list of occupations creating the most new jobs requir o experience and only short OJT.
Other jobs in this list may not require previous experience, but do require post-secondary education and a certificate or a diploma.
The advanced education may be a barrier to employment for those that cannot afford it, but training dollars may be available locally through Workforce Investment Offices in each county.
Cities With the Largest Job Listings
What Do the People Percentages Look Like?
Top 10 Fast Growing Jobs by Number of Jobs
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; requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree
- Personal Aides & Home Care Aides 51% increase; 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%; Post-secondary 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%; requires at least a 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 five hip hop stars and some youth-oriented scenario questions in 2016 would probably not elicit a response from seniors.
Credit checks for Seniors might be inappropriate as well. 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 older Seniors for the same jobs, instead of with the youth with whom they competed in previous years.
© 2009 Patty Inglish