10 Jobs in Growing Fields

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Jobs in growing fields

Landing a post-graduate job in a field you love is a dream come true. It’s even better when your occupation and chosen field are in heavy demand. In those cases, you’re not only happily pursuing your passion, but you’re grateful that your degree has given you the exact skills your employer desires.

Not all of us are going to land that dream job on the first try, but focusing your degree, or gaining extra knowledge by taking one or two additional courses, can work in your favor somewhere down the road.

Here are 10 occupations in growing fields, along with the courses and degrees that could help you land one of them:

1. Counselor

Counselors apply their skills in a variety of areas, including substance abuse and behavioral disorder, education, and mental health. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified counseling as a growth area, as employers are seeking people who understand human behavior and how we relate to each other.

What to study: Psychology. Consider a bachelor’s or master’s degree program to start your path toward becoming a counselor. You will need additional training, licensure, or certification in order to become a psychologist.

2. Health Service Manager

Here is another occupation that is growing at a rate faster than average, according to the BLS. With an aging Baby Boomer population expected to drive employment in the health care industry, health service managers will be tasked with running entire facilities, or specific clinical areas or departments.

What to study: Students pursuing a Health Care Administration degree will gain the skills needed to pursue this career path.

3. Social and Human Service Assistant

The number of social and human service assistants is expected to grow 22 percent through 2022, according to the BLS. This occupation is another one that largely deals with senior patients and will be especially attractive to students pursuing health care-related degrees.

What to study: A health and human services degree may give you a leg up in this fast-growing field.

4. Logistics Manager

With businesses large and small needing someone to manage the flow of goods and services, this job is increasingly becoming a critical element in the supply chain.

What to study: Students interested in logistics should pursue a degree in Supply Chain Management.

5. Audiologist

Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing and balance problems in patients, and the field is currently exploding – CareerCast has audiologist as one of its “Best Jobs of 2015.”

What to study: Students with degrees in Applied Linguistics often pursue careers in audiology.

6. Accountant

As the economy grows, so does the demand for accountants and auditors. So if numbers are your specialty, you’re in the right field.

What to study: A bachelor’s or master’s degree in accountancy can put you on a path to land your ideal job, or you may even decide to strike out on your own.

7. Day Care Provider

Love kids? If the answer is yes, then you should consider this growing field. Childcare workers, along with preschool and childcare center directors, are two occupations projected to experience double-digit growth through 2022, according to the BLS.

What to study: Students pursuing a career in childcare should consider earning a child development or early childhood education degree.

8. Actuary

Actuaries spend much of their time immersed in statistical data, so if you have a passion for math this could be the career for you. The insurance industry relies heavily on actuaries to analyze risk and develop policies that maximize profitability. This occupation is projected to grow much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What to study: A degree in Business Economics will put you on a path to this career, although additional education and testing is required.

9. Financial Analyst

If you’re longing for a career in finance, you’ll be happy to know the field is growing at a pace faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Financial analysts may be employed by everything from bank institutions to insurance companies. The pay is good, but the hours are long, and you’ll need to master a number of analytical, computer, and math skills in order to be successful.

What to study: A finance degree, with courses that include an emphasis on statistics, risk management, business law, and accounting will put you on track to pursue a career as a financial analyst.

10. Occupational Therapist

Cited by CareerCast and the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the fastest-growing jobs in health care, occupational therapists can be employed by hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and home health care companies.

What to study: A Liberal Arts degree may help you along your way to becoming an occupational therapist. A focus on health-related courses will be critical for any student pursuing this career, and all states require occupational therapists to be licensed or registered.

Although these careers are in growing fields, they’re not the only industries experiencing growth at the moment. The BLS provides an online database that you can use to search occupations by education, growth, and salary.

Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
CareerCast, The Best Jobs of 2015


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