Hottest Careers

What with the financial crisis and the economic recession, it should come as little surprise that the nature of the job market is rapidly changing. And if finding the right career has always been a major challenge, it is even more likely to be so with Wall Street shrinking beyond recognition.

The last thing you'd want to do is join the league of 'out-walled' bankers opt for a so-called 'hot' field only to find that it has become out-dated in the last few years. Before you choose a career based on hearsay, make sure that you do your spade work.

Most of the upcoming hot career sectors have an element of the tested and true, as before, technology, education, healthcare and business reign supreme. But there are a few twists to the old tale and when you come down to the basic details, there are a few surprises! Also visit EZineArticles.com for a list of the top ten, fastest growing careers for 2009.

Let's take a look at some of the sectors that are slated to witness the maximum growth.

Health & Medicine
Employing over 13.5 million people nationwide, healthcare is a booming industry in the United States. If the Bureau of Labor Statistics is to be believed, more than eight of the twenty fastest growing occupations will be in healthcare.

The growing league of aging baby boomers is probably one reason for the sudden spurt in the healthcare system. According to U.S. News, as active baby boomers work their way back from knee and hip replacements, there will be an increased demand for physical therapists.

As always, registered nurses will be in hot demand. With new medical equipment evolving at a fast pace, biomedical equipment technicians are required to install, calibrate and maintain the equipment, as well as train medical personnel.

Physician assistants, with two or three years of postgraduate education, can do almost as much as physicians and their salary could be a fancy six figures!

Pharmacists are also expected to enjoy good growth, as high physician costs will require them to double up as medical advisers. You could also consider a career as an audiologist, yet another job that is in high demand. Visit Online Degrees in Nursing for additional information about earning a medical degree through a distance learning college or school.

Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management
Culinary education and the hospitality industry are expected to experience phenomenal growth. The food service industry has a plethora of jobs, get your hands dirty as a chef or keep them clean by moving into the management side! Either way, as long as there are people, there'll be food and you'll be needed...big time!
Educational qualifications to consider are six to eight week diplomas, a two-year Associate Degree in Applied Science, certificates in specialty areas or a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts.

As the country reels under a national teacher shortage, this is a wonderful time to prepare for a career in education administration and teaching. Educators will enjoy a number of enticing perks, like hiring bonuses and housing subsidies.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that most of the top-level executives have business degrees. An MBA's skills are expected to remain in demand until 2014. Interestingly, according to the Forbes magazine, many executives and most highly paid CEOs possess an MBA degree. So, if you've been considering an MBA, this is the time to just do it!

Law & Justice
Legal and law enforcement careers, from police to lawyers to corrections officers will experience great growth. The training required for this would vary widely, a few entry-level positions need only a high school diploma, while other careers require graduate or professional degrees. Typical law enforcement positions include detectives, DEA and INS agents, entry-level police recruits, agents of the FBI and a range of upper management positions.

Digital Arts & Graphic Design
If you're of a creative bent and would like to be self-employed, this field could fit your bill perfectly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) graphic artists who possess animation and Web design skills are likely to have great opportunities through the end of the decade, and maybe even beyond, as openings in the media field continue to grow.

Fashion & Interior Design
Fashion designers and interior designers and decorators are all set to enjoy great fulfillment in their careers all through 2009 and beyond. T.V. channels that focus on fashion enjoy wide viewership and this is expected to spur the growth of the fashion industry.

Psychology graduates are trained to handle a wide variety of jobs. A psychology degree spans a gamut of professions like healthcare, finance, social work and marketing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts steady growth for psychologists within the counseling profession and for those who want to experiment with related careers.

With people and businesses becoming more computer dependent, there will be an increased demand for IT professionals who can maintain systems and networks and keep them functioning smoothly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts financial growth for systems analysts, information managers, and database and web administrators.

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