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Top 20 Best Careers Through 2024

Updated on February 18, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Looking for career choices that make sense.
Looking for career choices that make sense. | Source

Employment Forecasts

US News and Word Reports selected 50 careers that its analysts predict to be in the highest demand within five industries listed by suggested importance. These include:

  1. Science and Technology,
  2. Healthcare,
  3. Education and Civics/Government,
  4. Business and Finance,
  5. Creative and Service.

Healthcare Includes Science and Technologies

Science and Technology in Healthcare.

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Science and technology in healthcare.Androids are becoming more lifelike.
Science and technology in healthcare.
Science and technology in healthcare.
Androids are becoming more lifelike.
Androids are becoming more lifelike.

Alternative Estimates

After studying labor trends and changes in labor markets for about two decades, I see the US News estimates and think that I would have separated Education from Civic and Creative from Service careers to create a Top Seven Industries. I would list these industries as

  1. Science and Technology: This area includes many Engineering and Technician positions, especially in Bio-engineering, Communications, Energy and Fuel, Growing New Organs, Prosthetic Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Anti-Aging Treatments, Aerospace Exploration and Mining, Aerospace Travel and Colonization, and others. NASA's space exploration has birthed the Spinoff Program of health and technology products developed on the International Space Station.
  2. Healthcare - Includes IT, Bio-engineering, Technician positions, and Aerospace Medicine.
  3. Service,
  4. Civic/Government posts,
  5. Business
  6. Finance, and
  7. Creative.

The Top Seven are presented in the order of probable highest numbers of new jobs created for 2010. In fact, these have produced the highest numbers of new jobs from 2010 - 2017 already. .

These US News employment trend projections are in large part based on the US Federal Government's predictions of growth and numbers of new jobs expected for the period 2008 - 2018, and most recently, the period of 2014 - 2024

The following Top 20 Careers in the list below take into account the Top 10 Rankings within each of the five Industries analyzed by US News. It also considers the importance of the jobs highlighted in their slide show of a Top 10 Overall slide show on the website and featured as a link from the Blog.

Top 20 Careers

  1. Computer Software Engineers
  2. Systems Analysts
  3. Network Administrators
  4. Biomedical Engineers
  5. X-Ray Technicians
  6. Veterinarians
  7. Lab Techs
  8. Physical Therapists: Highest demand job in January 2010 - January 2015, considering all internet vacancy postings.
  9. Firefighters: I would add Special Education Teacher as a tie here.
  10. Mediators
  11. Clergy
  12. Urban planners
  13. Financial Advisors
  14. Actuaries
  15. Training Specialists (in business/finance)
  16. Financial Analysts: Includes forensic accounting.
  17. Commercial Pilots: Pilots like 2009's hero on the Hudson, Sully Sullenburger, have revealed recent cuts in payroll and benefits for commercial pilots such as himself, so this employment position is probably not as fruitful going forward as projected. However, the rationale is that crop dusters and pilots willing to fly into difficult areas of the world will become more in high demand. Further, the rise of privatized space flight and flying cars in 2018 (announced by Boeing) may impact this job, requiring more pilots, engineers, and manufacturing/maintenance technicians.
  18. Technical Writers
  19. Funeral Directors
  20. Security System Installers

Note: within just a few days of publication, workers in a number of job titles commented on the US News and World Reports website with complaints that their particular job titles were not considered likely to grow from through 2018. These occupations included:

  1. Veterinary Technicians,
  2. Medical Technologists,
  3. Medical Assistants and several others.

Some readers criticized registered nurses for making more money with less education.

Jobs to Increase Fastest

  1. Wind turbine service technicians: Manufacturing and installation.
  2. Occupational therapy assistants
  3. Physical therapists and assistants
  4. Home health aides
  5. Commercial divers
  6. RN/NP Nurse practitioners
  7. Physical therapists and assistants
  8. Statisticians
  9. Ambulance drivers and attendants (EMTs)
  10. Physician assistants: often fulfilled by Nurse practitioners
  11. Operations research analysts
  12. Personal financial advisors
  13. Cartographers and photogrammetrists
  14. Genetic counselors: Mappers and surveyors, including for outer space
  15. Interpreters and translators
  16. Audiologists and Hearing aid specialists
  17. Optometrists
  18. Forensic science specialists
  19. Web Developers
  20. Sonographers

Top 10 Hiring Companies

  1. Philips: Health technology company
  2. Slack: Social communications
  3. Dropbox: Sharing and hosting services
  4. ThoughtWorks: New technology in software
  5. GLG: Educational platforms
  6. Houzz: Home remodeling and design
  7. YesPrep: Charter schools
  8. Credit Karma: Financial services.
  9. GalaxoSmithKline: Healthcare
  10. US BMW Group: Auto manufacturing

Comparison: Job Growth In the 2010s

The same trend continued through 2015.
The same trend continued through 2015. | Source

Trucking Industry

From 2014 - 2017, Transportation - specifically trucking - has been the Number One Hiring Industry in the United States, with nearly one million job openings for drivers.

Trucking is opening more new jobs than other industry sectors.
Trucking is opening more new jobs than other industry sectors. | Source

Top Companies Hiring Truckers

From 2010 - 2013, nearly all US States had large numbers of trucking and transportation jobs available, with a huge spike in 2014 - 16. Truck driving schools offer short courses and job placement. New trucking companies are opening as well.

  1. Schneider National - Trucking
  2. Rush Trucking
  3. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  4. United Vision Logistics
  5. Marten Transport
  6. Builders Transportation
  7. Colonial Freight
  8. Hogan Transport
  9. Ryder
  10. Star Transportation

Science World

Science World in Vancouver, BC
Science World in Vancouver, BC | Source

Examples of Job Growth


Software Engineers

  • Increased 18%, 80, 000 jobs available in January 2010
  • Increased by over 400% more to 329,600+ jobs available in January 2012
  • Comparison: About 230,000 jobs open in mid-February 2017.

Cities with the most jobs advertised in Software Engineering in 2015 - 2017:

  1. New York State: NYC
  2. Washington : Redmond, Seattle.
  3. California : San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sunnyvale.
  4. Maryland area : Washington DC, Annapolis Junction, Fort Mead, Columbia in Maryland; Arlington VA.
  5. Illinois : Chicago
  6. Georgia: Atlanta

Top 10 Hiring Companies for Software Engineers

  1. Amazon Corporate LLC
  2. Lockheed Martin
  3. Workbridge Associates
  4. Microsoft
  5. General Dynamics Information Technology
  6. Deloitte
  7. Northrop Grumman
  8. Oracle
  9. Raytheon
  10. General Electric

Comparison: Multimedia Artist positions increased 115%


Education/Civic: Special Education Teacher listings increased 25%.


Special Education Teachers

A large segment of the American population and education professionals likely feel that teaching as a profession is one that should be in highest demand, in particular, Special Education Teachers and Aides.

Top Cities Demanding Spec-Ed Teachers in 2017

  1. Chicago
  2. Albuquerque NM
  3. New York City
  4. Houston and Dallas TX
  5. Phoenix and Tucson AZ
  6. Jefferson NH
  7. Nashville TN
  8. Washington DC
  9. Newark NJ
  10. Philadelphia

Top Advertising Companies

  1. Albuquerque Public Schools - New Mexico
  2. Dallas Independent School District - Texas
  3. Tucson Unified School District - Arizona
  4. Oakland Unified School District; Pasadena Independent School District - California
  5. YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago - Illinois
  6. Houston Independent School District - Texas
  7. Gwinnett County Public Schools - Texas
  8. Richland School District; Charleston County Schools - South Carolina
  9. Boston Public Schools - Massachusetts and Tacoma School District - Washington
  10. Educational Testing Service (ETS) - Princeton, New Jersey

Jobs on the Rise 2016 - 2020

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AMAZON and other online sales.
AMAZON and other online sales. | Source
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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Good morning, Patty Inglish. Of the top hiring companies, retail stores are near the top. What ever happened to the software and computer places - especially in Florida, California, and New York? You do list in the top 20 Excel Data, Cybercoders, and Microsoft. Thanks for this fine roundup of hiring and jobs in the U.S. Don White

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      david stillwagon 7 years ago

      Great job!You have put a lot of useful information in a easy to read format.



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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Hi Don -- I think it's logical that computer software would be important to the Aerospace and Aeronautical industries in Florida, especially along the Space Coast and in Ohio's Space Corridor from Cincinnati to Dayton. Washington, New York, and California have more business, apparently.

      David - The website and blogs on the information were hard to navigate, to say the least! People are saying, but what ARE the Top 50?

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      callmesplash7 7 years ago

      Good info, I used to work for biosystem/stericycle. They are all over the U.S and its dealing with removal of biohazard in hospitals. not as bad as it sounds and they are always hiring as they are a growing company.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great helpful suggestion in a wellorganized hub. I am sure it will help a lot of people.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information. It is good to have a list like this.

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      Mauricio Rodriguez 7 years ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

      Technology is at the top!

      Wiiiiiii =)

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      Nicks 7 years ago

      An interesting list - perhaps notable for its money orientation rather than 'passion'. Maybe that is our culture now?

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      It's true, income levels went into this predictive list from the government.

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      fdoleac 7 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Real estate as a career is a great option. The average Realtor in the US is 53 years old and the average home buyer is 31. This generational disconnect provides opportunity for younger agents to enter the new real estate economy.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty that is quite a list. I'm surprised at the funeral directors job being so high up on the list and I agree with your comment about the commercial pilots placing. Multi Media definitely seems like a better choice in my opinion too. (I've been listening to my daughters friends a lot lately who are just about ready to enter the work field this summer after finishing their three years of college).

      Once again an outstanding hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      I also wonder about the clergy predicted to increase; an increase with population increase, perhaps?

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      rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      love to see all of this on one easy page to read! very informative and thorough, this is getting bookmarked. this is certainly a top hub!! thanks for sharing with us. :]

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      tal g mel 7 years ago

      Teva is my favorite

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      Greenheart 7 years ago from Cambridge

      Hi Patty.

      Thanks for the hub.

      Maybe Network Marketing hasn't hit the "tipping point"

      where it is more acceptable and free of the prejudices that have built up.

      The MLM industry is $110 billion world-wide and is a real job / life-style choice for anyone.

      And i have to say,wow for the number of hubs you have.

      Happy 2010!

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      martycraigs 7 years ago

      a great countdown, i will definitely link to this hub

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Alan Choi 7 years ago from NC, USA

      nice list here.

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      Thomas Catmark 7 years ago

      During difficult times the most precious jobs are those guaranteed by the government: not only politicians but also civil servants, teachers or scientists. The worse situation can occur at people who need to depend on other. But also freelancers could need to take some tough decisions.

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      MarcBlackMedia 7 years ago from California

      Very nice read. Just on my own 2 cents and experience, if anybody has "Hollywood Dreams" (Los Angeles) do your research first cause it is sadly becoming a ghost town.

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      kev8 7 years ago

      Cool hub!Thanks!

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I think it's rather telling that so many of those top hiring companies are service oriented, and typically are also lower wage paying and minimally benefited. I've long said that if that's where the economy is headed, and manufacturing no longer dominates higher earnings potential, then retail stores and restaurants need to step up and pay better...

      Apparently they are the only jobs left.

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      rdelp 7 years ago

      Wow...that is a comprehensive list! I dabble in computers and may need to rethink my career.

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      Andrew 7 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Very interesting list, as always Patty.


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      Bricky 7 years ago

      Cool hub!Thanks!

      Wiiiiiii =)

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      roderick awingan 7 years ago

      thanks for that kind info...

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Patty,

      What a wonderful article! This is required this time. Career is really matter of worry for a lot many.

      Thanks for sharing. I am linking this to my job articles.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Stoneman 7 years ago from New York

      I used to live in New York and was a tutor i always thought new york had some of the best special ed teachers, especial after seeing the programs they had to go through at two different colleges, at St. John's University and Brooklyn College, where i went to gain my degree.

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      Khurram Sikandar 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Simply informative. Love your hubs.

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      Alexpte 7 years ago

      Great hub. I'm looking to start my career this year so it's always helpful to have information and this hub has some good advice.

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      PNEUMONIAexpert 7 years ago

      Good fellows.

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      Edward Harris MSc 7 years ago from Earth

      that heck of a detailed research... nicely written.. to me it doesn't matter what field you choose ... what matters it that ...Are you good at it or not...

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      autofreaks 7 years ago

      HI, This is a Great Hub... I bet you're drawing many job seekers to your hubs and I'm sure they'll find many useful info here... :)

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi, I really enjoyed reading your very through Hub, on where our Employment market is and going, I really like the Picture of a School in Brooklyn where I lived for years. Thanks for the hard work you did, helps me alot, sense I'm semi-Retired

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      Shady Sally 7 years ago from MidAmerica

      Have recently moved to a very depressed area...long, dull story how that happened...but it seems that in this location the only places hiring, outside of trained, licensed health care facilities, are Elderly Home Care companies. I've decided this must say a lot about the predominant age of my new hometown! It's more than an hour to a larger 'real' betting everyone with skills in my new town is engaged in a long commute!

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      I hope a commuter train is available to commuters so they can use that time for something else!

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      T R Upshur 7 years ago from United States

      Wow! This is excellent! I'm going to share this hub:)

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      bluedaffodil 7 years ago

      Oh ...great hub ...great information with perfect details

      Thank you :)

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Wow very good posting.

      Do blogging for free @ friendstotal community site

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      jtstunner 7 years ago

      Great hub

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      stephensaldana 7 years ago from Chicago

      The top jobs of 2010 give a fair picture of the overall market scenario. It seems that Software is going to rule the world. The applicaton field is emerging very fast. The presentation is simply effortlessly - classic.

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      Hope Wilbanks 7 years ago from Louisiana

      Wow...great info here, but a little daunting to me, an aspiring elementary education teacher. I'm in college right now (MANY years post-grade school), pursuing a degree so I can teach and am hoping there will be jobs when I finally hold my degree.

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      misstan 7 years ago

      have a second income is a more secure way. job is not guaranteed, we must learn how to have multiple streams of income.

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      flurish 7 years ago

      This hub is a great help.

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      MaryBeth Walz 7 years ago from Maine

      Thanks for the cool info!

      I'm always fascinated to see how things trend. I'm hoping my choices of creative writing and Reiki Master will be near the top of "great alternatives to "retirement".

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      TysonFaulkner 7 years ago

      Cool lens, it's interesting to know what jobs are coming and going.

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Wow Occupational Therapy is number 3 on job listings for 2010. I don't really want to go back to work yet, but seems I must. At least I've got tons of listings to pick from, and everyon is open to full time, part time or prn.

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      misstuesdaygirl 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Enjoyed your hub. Very useful info. I agree w/Misstan that having more than one source of income is the way to go. I call it working like a Jamaican - for they always have at least three jobs they do. Please know it is not a slur. The old way of working doesn't work anymore. We are all responsible for our own outcomes instead of being complacent and working for the 'man'. ;)

      I'm just beginning with the hub pages and blogging, so we'll see how it goes. I wrote about my unemployment journey. It may be too long, but then it was like two am...

      Thanks for your insight!


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      Peggy Patrick Medberry 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      This was a really interesting hub! And quite helpful! Thanks!

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      RYPcontent 7 years ago from Chatham, IL

      I'm surprised to see Amazon on the list - I didn't realize they were a big employer.

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      Jim Strutzin 7 years ago

      Very accurate depiction of lucrative jobs. Not much here in Michigan unfortunately.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks for all the good comments!

      @AskTheTrucker - I don't know what's going on with that; some, a few, cities need many truck drivers; I must look into the govt money for trucking ans see what's up. Thanks for commenting; makes us think.

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for this informative hub! I really liked the list of companies hiring!

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      easybusinesslinks 7 years ago from UK

      It's great to know that these are the top career choices that we can decide on, if we want to change direction too in our lifes, because I sure would consider some of them with a little bit of training thrown in.


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      Norah Casey 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Great hub Patty!

      I agree with your decision to substitute airline pilots. Sometimes these lists include jobs that are just ridiculous, I suppose to generate controversy and bring in readers. Location has a great deal to do with it as well. The my old school district hired quite a few special ed teachers in the spring of '09 and recently told them they may be laid off after the end of the year. What a lovely economy we have!

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Laid off! What are those kids to do now?? You're right - "lovely."

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      gnrao 7 years ago from 37,west periasamy road,r.s.puram coimbatore 641002 tamil nadu india

      This is timely.You have chosen the right topic.Every one interested in the welfare of his brethren can pass this info.thor their email.congrats! God bless you!the comments received by you and your topic can also be made into a hubpage and circulated to one and all.

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      Illuminati 7 years ago

      well good to know about it. Careers are ultimate end what are we looking for. Thnx.

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      employmentnow 7 years ago

      This is great information. It is great to see a hub that gathers all of this information and places it in one place. It is interesting to compare this data with my experience in Canada, in particularly in British Columbia.

      In the Vancouver, Lower Mainland area there are a large number of administrative assistants seeking employment. Although there are company's seeking to hire for these positions, many appear to be rather particular about who they hire making it an extremely competitive job market.

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      Drwibble 7 years ago from UK

      Nice list of areas of employment. I guess as most of us realise that to really have a secure income to support us and our family in these difficult times is create diversification of income streams.

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      Very detailed and informative.

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      Chom 7 years ago

      Good and informative hub, I like it

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      Norah Casey 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area


      I suppose those students are going to get moved into already overburdened classes. My sister's high school math class has 61 students in it; the teacher brought in an old couch and some chairs from home for students to use.

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      Cassidella 7 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      Great information provided in this hub, with so many people weighing their options, wondering whether to drop anchor where they are or jump ship and plunge in elsewhere. Now here's a question that actually came from a 16-year-old boy; i.e. Does top hiring also mean top firing and/or quitting?(in the grown-up world, turnover?)

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      nora - same thing happened in a high school math class of over 50 in Central Ohio - the class met in a musio room with stadium seating. Teacher attended to the students that came down to the front (about 15), the other kids played in the back or left the room and it was their loss, I guess.

      Cassidella - The short answer is "maybe" - some of the tiop hirers have high turnover, others do not but are creating more new positions than the others and opening new branches.The US MArket is saturatedf with McDonalds, btu will build more as the population increases. The other fast-food entities have a high turnover like some/most McDonalds do. In the 1980s, turnover in fast food was 400% a year in Ohio, for example. Jos A. Bank has turnover for people that donlt like people and sales, otherwise it appears to be great company and stable/growing, for another example.


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      LegendaryHero 7 years ago

      Very good. I was surprised to see clergy up there.

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      TheCreditTruth 7 years ago from Pittsburg, PA

      This is so interesting. Now I am gonna have to go figure out what an Urban Planner does and where they are hiring for that!

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      hudsonj1994 7 years ago from Alabama

      Amazing hub! So interesting!

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      Temperance M 7 years ago from Oregon

      The sad thing is that even though we *need* more special ed. teachers, Norah's' right, the schools around aren't hiring them. Heck its a down right fight just to even get your kid into a special ed. class - at least when I was helping parents of autistic kids in Texas. All the special ed. teachers I knew were subbing to make money since the school systems wouldn't hire and pay them. I guess someone still thinks we need more guns instead...

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      ryan.stark 7 years ago from USA

      Great hub, very informative.

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      A lot of great options here. Nice hub.

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      thewriteword 7 years ago

      Hello Patti, I noticed that you listed Technical Writer as #18 (right next to Funeral Director at 19) in your list of fastest growing professions. I have been a technical writer for more than 10 years and back in September of '09, it took me 3 months to get a job. Just some trivia to add to your well thought out article. Also, see my article on Accidental Technical Writer (lists hiring companies) on thewriteword on Hubpages.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice information. I'll bookmark this one.

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      Dental Jobs 7 years ago

      Great article mate, very interesting but what about dentists lol - Cheers

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      Mike 7 years ago

      I like this note. Keep it going.

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      HubpagesCreation 7 years ago from Internet

      Such an awesome HUB; thumbs up! Glad that my job is also within the top 20!! Woohoo

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Congratulations, HubpagesCreation! I have been seeing a lot of jo0b opeings for managers, asst. managers and physical and occupational therapists around the country; financial planners and advisors as well. I think newly developed jobs titles will emerge this year also as top jobs.

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      Minds 7 years ago

      An informative topic for everyone. Thanks for sharing this resource

      Here's an interesting website that I came across, for Jobseekers and Job Holders find jobs with Category wise not advertised on other boards


      Thanking you in Advance

      Warm Regards

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      An Irish jobs link - thanks very much Minds. Quite a few UK residents look at write on Hubpages.

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great information to help people decide career paths. I have bookmarked this to show to my son. He wants to go back to school to certify as a physical trainer (could be a good tie-in for a physical therapist occupation) He loves training and working out. My last ROP teacher told me there would be alot of jobs in the visual communications fields in the future - I imagine exactly for the reasons you listed here in the hub. Thumbs up and thanks for info Patty!

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      John 7 years ago

      that's cool!

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      paintball guru 7 years ago

      Wow, this article was very informative for a lot of people. I like that you discussed reasons, and then supported them with graphs.

      Young adults can gain a lot from this.

      Software engineers number 1. I believe it, there is such a high demand for these jobs.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Patti, your job hubs are so helpful to many people. I consider you a gem in the HubPages community... best to you as always!

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      Rismayanti 7 years ago from Tropical Island

      Informative and helpful.. giving the wide perspective to all.. thank you for yoor great hub.

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      lisa brazeau 7 years ago from Canada

      I work in Emergency at Cardiac/Trauma center. Staff shortages at times reach dangerous levels. Great read, great hub!Thanks

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      Kathleen Lewis 7 years ago from Southern Michigan

      Wow! What a thorough Hub! I know in Michigan, where the unemployment level is one of the highest in the country, medical related jobs are still the hot thing. Information Technology is in second place.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Medical work is hard, but I think it must be gruelng, with poor working conditions some places, or more people would enter the field. What do you think?

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      Zreeves11 7 years ago from Kent

      i like the information cheers was very helpful

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      byinternet 7 years ago

      Excellent......time demanding will help to build a job oriented carrer.

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      kampuslanding 7 years ago

      Really a valuable information. Thanks for posting

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      This is great for kids in college looking for careers!

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      Nigerian Jobs 7 years ago

      Great analysis, very valuable indeed

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Very interesting! Great article, you did good research.

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      thinkgreen415 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub! It's nice to see companies are hiring.

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      lili 7 years ago

      wow! very good and thorough post!!

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I think I will be emailing you when I finish my law degree...

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      lwelch 7 years ago

      I would agree with the retail bit that was mentioned. it is picking up quickly around here. Retail help needed everywhere!

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      TheBlandMan 7 years ago from Eliot, ME

      Network Marketing will be on there soon.

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      cutevampire 7 years ago

      Top 20 Hot Jobs for 2010

      1.Computer Software Engineer

      here I'm :D

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      petsnakes 7 years ago from United States

      Any job that allows you to work remotely without having to drag yourself into an office whilst fighting through traffic is a sure candidate for a top 20 job.

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      BeatsMe 7 years ago

      Wow! Very detailed forecast. Great hub.

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      Jeni H 7 years ago from Florida

      you have a great hub here! have to give it up! really helpful because I am planning on becoming a teacher and I will be certified in special ed thanx a lot. you were helpful!

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      adelzain 7 years ago from egypt

      what amazing article

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      Better Yourself 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! Excellent research and detailed lists.

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      Paul4552 7 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland

      Very Informative. Thanks for the info!

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      Paul4552 7 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland

      Very informativ...Thanks for all you do!

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      Paul4552 7 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland

      Great Hub

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      solar.power 7 years ago from Brisbane

      Interesting. In Australia we are the "green industries" such as solar power are the ones that are exploding due to puplic policy and government funding

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      mrgarr43665 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Very cool article. Thank god im studying to become a software engineer :)

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I am in Australia, with a son in Uni learning to be a teacher. Like America, teaching has a big future here, so I am hoping he will always have work. He will probably not teach after graduation. There are so many good jobs that pay better than teaching he can do, but having the capacity to teach is an important back-up for him. I believe the jobs here are similar to America's list. The job ops are great here with almost full employment.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Very good observations!

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      DIY Backlinks 7 years ago

      I would have guessed health care would have been number one in this economy. I know nurses can pick about any job they want right now.

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      websclubs 7 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      Happy job hunting!

      nice Useful hub thanks.

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      rusticyeti 7 years ago

      Nice hub! This has given me some inspiration :)

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      pcdriverupdate 7 years ago from VA

      Remember to pursue something you will enjoy or you will be miserable. Money isn't the only factor. Great hub, thanks for sharing.

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      jeanie.stecher 7 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks for the information Patty Inglish! This will be much of help for others who needs to have jobs. I have noticed that the world of internet technology will still dominate the jobsearch areas. As we all know, there is a good possibility of making money online. All there is needed is a laptop and an internet then we could start earning.

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      Yogi_Bunny 7 years ago from New York, Long Island

      Really helpful information!

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      ultimatepotential 7 years ago from India

      I appreciate you shared this study in detail, it helped me understand more about my career in my the Industry I work in. Thanks!

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      MsCookM 7 years ago

      Thanks for such a detailed list.

      Its was interesting to see pilots in the list, I hope your prediction is correct with regards to increased space flights. Hopefully it will not be long before it is affordable for more of us.

      Would love to take a trip to space.

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      Sheila Mae 7 years ago

      im so glad im on the top one...hehe Computer Software Engineer.

      By the way tnx for this list. its so great.

      nice compilation.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      you always make reading your articles so engaging Patty thank you! Barbara b

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      TexasT 7 years ago

      Wow What a Hub. Am passing this info along to my daughter. Thank you for publishing.

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      Greatlife 7 years ago

      An awesome hub and with great comprehensive detail. Rated it up. Thanks for sharing will come handy and hence bookmarking this.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      RNMSN - Thanks for the kind words! I wlays look for somehitng interestingt to add to the dry stats.

      TexasT - Best success to your daughter!

      Greatlife - Thanks for the ratings!

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      Snazzywin 7 years ago

      This is a great list! I know a couple of people who are unemployed and looking to retrain in a field that they will be able to find a job. I will forward this along.

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      TechnicallyADream 7 years ago

      Great info and well structered hub.

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      bd160900 7 years ago from San Diego

      Found this article to be very useful. Thanks for writing it.

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      Locker 7 years ago from

      I never would have guessed that Computer Software Engineer would be number one.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Well, projections and statistics are necessary and I appreciate this opportunity to take a look. It will be interesting to see the movement that the healthcare industry will take as workers are always needed in this arena. After all, even computer engineers at some point will need medical care. I look forward to seeing where this leads. Voted-up/rated.

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      Motor leathers 7 years ago

      Hm... It's quite strange that in the times of this crisis the Financial Analyst is only on 16th place. I think almost every of the more or less big companies needs one, because the economic situation is constantly changing.

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      Roger Chestnut 7 years ago

      I found this information to be very interesting and useful. Finding the right career, or a job in general is never an easy thing to do. By knowing what companies are hiring in your area it can give you a head start on knowing exactly where to be looking. Also, you never know when something in your industry might open up, so make sure to always keep an eye out.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Thanks for sharing this information. I'm going to pass it along to my oldest child who will be entering the work force soon.

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      emergencyresponse 7 years ago

      Thorough report, thanks! Passing this along to adult kids seeking jobs.

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      bd160900 7 years ago from San Diego

      I'm glad to see Veterinarian is at #6. Both my parents are Veterinarians and they love their job. I wish I would have followed that path.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Good info here. Some of the top positions puzzled me, considering our economy at the moment, but this was real interesting. Thanks!

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      Sophie 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub, I hope that who are currently seeking for a job will get here some ideas on where to work or for how to further educate themselves.

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      edcabrera 7 years ago

      I thought with the rise of the unemployment rate and the increase in internet use. That home based businesses would be in the top 50. As I understand it millions of people are on line making a living. Could home based internet businesses be in the next 50?

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      henryallen 7 years ago from Houston, TX

      I'm sort of surprised to see Java Developers on this list. I sort of thought Java was a dying thing. Surprised I don't see iPhone software devs on the list!

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      kazeemjames01 6 years ago

      Well detailed and highly informative.

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      wicklesscandles 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I thought number 19, Funeral Director, was interesting. Do people pick this as a career? Or is this a family inherited career?

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      maddy757 6 years ago

      Very interesting information here. Thanks.

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      london estate agents  6 years ago

      excellent hub page - cool jobs and trends for the future

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      AlinTPOh 6 years ago

      Excellent. Thanks for the post!

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      DigitalWorkshop 6 years ago

      It's good to see that software engineers are near the top. And, very informative hub indeed.

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      belko002 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is awesome! I'm right in the middle of changing jobs in Atlanta, GA (which is one of the highest paying markets thankfully). This is will really help me create a decision calculus when determining what I want to do.

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub, though I must say it is a bit disorienting to read the various "Top Jobs" lists, as they all seem to say different things. Still, good info.

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      DNemesis 6 years ago

      Very nice stats.

      Ill remain very interested in writing for now, though :)

      Thanks for the hub!

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      mecheshier 6 years ago

      Great info and stats!!!!... One of my favorite topics to study and research. I love the graphs and comparisons.

      Thank You.

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      Keith Worth 6 years ago

      I feel bad that after reading all the information, following the links and looking at the graphs that the only thought I can contribute is:

      I'm betting telemarketing careers would be on the bottom ten list, if one were to make one.

      Now I just need to figure out how to break into one of those industries. Thanks for the very thorough hub.

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      Cindy2011 6 years ago from Canada's West Coast

      I like your info, as number 18 of your hot job's list is Technical writers. Now that I've completed my education and we've just slipped into 2011, did I miss the boat? I sure hope not.

      This is good info. Thanks for compiling it to share.

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      EducationCoop 6 years ago

      Great info here! Thanks for the great hub!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I'm surprised to see that so many retail operations are hiring. With the economic troubles, I would think that stores would be on the downturn. Perhaps Food Lion is hiring because their prices are low. I know our local grocery store has been cutting hours and laying people off.

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      leeroper 6 years ago from UK

      Clergy and Funeral Director in the top 20 jobs for 2010, that’s certainly two I wouldn’t have thought of. Nice hub!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Dolores - Thanks for commentng - I'm finding retail jobs in a great many states ever since January. Somebody is spending money, it seems.

      leeroper - Probly coz Baby Boomers and others, lots of oeoke in a huge population, are dying. Just a thought. Thanks for posting!

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      Garrett Mickley 6 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

      I'm betting computer software engineers are going to be in demand for a very long time.

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      aigoo 6 years ago from UK

      good job! you have so much inofrmation!

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      acewebdesign 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      More scope looks only into the science field. I dunno when will other fields also come into the picture.

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      Internet Marketing 6 years ago

      Especially with how fast technology and things on the internet are changing, it’s hard not to get caught up. Thanks, and all the best to you!

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      Nigam Shah 5 years ago from India

      A lot of info up here .. but what surprised me the most was that the post of technical writer was at the 17th position.

      I don't think think technical writer will be much in demand as now as days most of technical writing is done by the guys who created the stuff

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      acliff 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks this is great information. I was surprised by the travel sector. I had no idea!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Travel is increasing and it is a surprise, considering how many Americans are still affected by recession and job loss; but some markets are recovering. Ohio and North Dakota are two of them, because of oil and natural gas.

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      iamageniuster 5 years ago

      Good list of companies. I applied for most of these.

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      Akila 5 years ago

      Hai this is EXCELLENT!! its clearly tells the ideas.Thank u hub

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Helpful and useful, shared and pinned to my Hubs Worth Reading board!

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Shared this with my Facebook contacts. This is very helpful for kids who are preparing for College. I wish there is more career planning in schools to help kids get employable skills.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @aestra - I agree with you. Career planning in high school and even college would have helped me a lo!

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      Reena Dhiman 2 years ago

      Thanks Patty for a great and informative hub. It is a very helpful topic for all job seeker. Young aspirants can gain beneficial data from this article.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Thanks! It is important to choose career fields that actually can offer jobs. I hope our college students see this fact and act on it.

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      waqar muneeb 2 years ago

      Thankx It's good to see that software engineers are near the top.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      I think they will stay in that area as well, considering increases in Aerospace, Medical data use, Prosthetics, and a dozen other sectors requiring software.

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      Elesh 17 months ago from the jungle of Africa

      Great. I love happy ending.

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