What Are the Growing Careers of the Future?

When it comes to future career prospects, it's important to consider employment opportunity and growth in the field. Keep reading to learn more about four career choices that show strong potential in these areas.

Overview

You might find the question of what you want to be when you grow up has become less important than where you can find a job when you grow up. It can be difficult to rationalize spending a small fortune on a college education in a field where nobody's hiring. Here are four examples of careers that are showing higher than average increases in job opportunities for the upcoming decade.

Important Facts About Some Growing Careers

Computer Systems Analyst Home Health Aide Medical Assistant Biomedical Engineer
Key Skills Good communication, creativity, business sense Attention to detail, responsibility, good physical health Technical knowledge, precision, interaction skills Math and problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork
Similar Occupations Actuary, database manager Childcare worker, registered nurse Pharmacy technician, dental assistant Biochemist, Surgeon
Job Prospects Company outsourcing to IT firms and cloud services contributes to job growth. High turnover in this field drives job openings. Familiarity with electronic health records increases prospects in this field. Many engineers are retiring, leaving vacancies for new employees.
Work Schedules Full-time hours Full-time, may require late or weekend hours Full-time, may cover late hours, weekends or holidays Full-time hours, occasional overtime

Computer Systems Analysts

More companies are turning towards computer-based systems, which means increasing demand for computer systems analysts. This career combines information technology (IT) know-how with the understanding of an organization's procedures, needs and limitations. Computer systems analysts design (or improve) these systems for their clients while keeping an eye on practicality and financial impact. Although most employees in this field have a computer-related bachelor's degree, it is beneficial to have some knowledge of business and information systems.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that computer systems analysts were expected to see a 21% growth in employment from 2014-2024. The BLS also reported in May 2014 that the median annual salary for a Computer Systems Analyst was $82,710 (www.bls.gov).

Home Health Aides

If you're looking to combine a love of helping others on a personal level with solid job-growth potential, you could consider a career in home health care. As a home health aide, you'll spend time in homes of elderly or disabled persons assisting them with daily chores and small medical maintenance, like blood pressure checks and changing bandages. Most of these professionals work for agencies and receive on-the-job training from medical professionals, like registered nurses. Generally, no degree is necessary to pursue employment as a home health aide, though certification requirements could apply in some cases.

This field was expected to increase approximately 38% from 2014-2024, according to the BLS. Hospitalization costs have risen dramatically and more patients are spending time convalescing at home to save on costs. In May 2014, the BLS reported an annual median salary of $21,380 for home health aides.

Medical Assistants

Another healthcare position that has significant growth potential is that of medical assistant. Rather than working with patients in their homes, this career would require that you work in physicians' offices and other medical environments. Your duties could range from taking patient vitals to working with healthcare software programs. You might need to have only a high school diploma and on-the-job training to work as a medical assistant, though some employers could require a postsecondary certificate.

The BLS projected that you will see a 23% increase in jobs in this field from 2014-2024. Increased access to and the demand for healthcare services from an aging population are believed to be the major factors directing this growth. The BLS reported a median annual salary of $29,960 for this career choice in May 2014.

Biomedical Engineer

If you're interested in combining biological studies with engineering expertise and you have a pioneering spirit, biomedical engineering is right up your alley. As a biomedical engineer, you could find yourself inventing the next MRI machine or high-tech prosthesis. For this occupation, you may need to have dual training in fields like biomedicine and mechanical engineering. A bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering or a combination of a graduate degree in any area of engineering and job training in the biomedical field are often requirements for employment.

The BLS predicted that jobs for biomedical engineers would see an increase of 23% in the 2014-2024 decade. Recent advances in biomedical technology, such as new applications for smartphones and 3-D printing, are contributing to the popularity increase for this career. In May 2014, the BLS reported that biomedical engineers had an annual median salary of $86,950.

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