Sunday, April 25, 2010

Top 20 Career Choices for 2010

Employment Forecasts


US News and Word Reports selected 50 careers that they predict to be in the highest demand for 2010 within five Industries listed by suggested importance:

1. Science and Technology,

2. Healthcare,

3. Education/Civic,

4. Business/Finance

5. Creative and Service.

Alternatively, I would have separated Education from Civic and Creative from Service careers and lists a Top 7 Industries and listed them as Science and Technology, Healthcare, Service, Civic, Business/Finance, and Creative, in order of probable highest numbers of new jobs created for 2010 when I look at trends from mid-2008 - end 2009.

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, released in early 2010. Note that in 2010, we are already in the third year of the decade of these forecasts.

A few US States released their own 2008 -- 2018 projections earlier, in the latter half of 2009.

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 SimplyHired.com Blog.

Top 20 Hot Jobs for 2010

1. Computer Software Engineer

2. Systems Analyst

3. Network Administrator

4. Biomedical Engineer

5. X-Ray Technician

6. Veterinarian

7. Lab Tech

8. Physical Therapist (Number one highest demand job in 2009) - Highest demand job in January 2010, considering all Internet vacancy postings.

9. Firefighter - I would add Special Education Teacher as a tie here.

10. Mediator

11. Clergy

12. Urban planner

13. Financial Adviser/Advisor

14. Actuary

15. Training Specialist (in business/finance)

16. Financial Analyst

17. Commercial Pilot - I would substitute Multimedia Artist here, especially because it was featured in the Slide show. Further, US society is increasingly visual and the increasing numbers of cable TV and broadcast commercials are multimedia; museums exhibits are becoming multimedia, classrooms are becoming multimedia, etc. In addition, if pilots like 2009's hero, Sully Sullenburger, have revealed recent cuts in payroll and benefits for commercial pilots such as himself, then 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 may impact this job title, requiring more pilots and more training.

18. Technical Writer

19. Funeral Director

20. Security System Installer

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 to likely grow from 2008 - 2018 qnd to be in the Top 50 Careers. These included Veterinary Technicians, Medical Technologists, Medical Assistants and several others. Some readers criticized