Six Top Industries Hiring in 2011

industries in demand 2011By Carol Tice

Which industries will be the hottest in 2011? Though the economy is still sleepy, some industries are moving again, while others struggle.

To find out where there's high job demand, we talked to two employment experts: Career expert Robin Ryan, author of '60 Seconds and You're Hired,' and Laurence Shatkin, author of '2011 Career Plan.' Here's their advice on the industries and jobs that'll be in demand next year.

1. Health care

There's never been a recession in this sector, says Shatkin, and demand will continue to be strong next year. Jobs in demand include home health care aides and registered nurses ($61,148). Hot specialties within nursing include nurse anesthetists ($144,821), nurse practitioners ($86,774) and psychiatric nurses ($55,155).

Many nurses begin with just a two-year associate's degree or acquire their skills during military service, Shatkin notes. Advanced nursing specialties may require a master's degree.

"Health care is the industry where almost none of the work can be outsourced overseas," he says. "Most of it has to be done hands-on with patients."

Health care opportunities aren't all where you might think, says Ryan.

"It's not just doctor's offices and hospitals," she says. "It's with pharmaceutical companies, insurers, suppliers -- any company that provides services to keep medical facilities in operation."

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2. Federal government

While local and state governments have seen their budgets slashed, there's no recession at the federal level. Between new government programs and a wave of baby-boomer civil servants who are retiring, hiring will be huge in government for the next couple of years. It's forecast that 600,000 need to be hired by 2013.

There are many administrative positions such as accountants ($55,188) and auditors ($104,762), says Shatkin.

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3. Human resources

As companies begin to hire, Ryan notes, they first need human resource professionals to help manage that process. Jobs in demand at larger companies include human-resource manager ($56,227) and human-resource specialist ($45,267), while smaller companies usually seek a human resources generalist ($50,950).

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4. Manufacturing

This one may surprise you, but because manufacturing went down so sharply in the downturn, it's now one of the industries doing substantial hiring as production expands again, says Shatkin. Unlike in decades past, many manufacturing jobs today are highly skilled, he notes. One in high demand is a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) programmer ($50,466), who runs a tool-and-die computer that creates tools for manufacturing processes.

"In some places there are shortages of workers with these skills," he notes, "because of the prejudice people have against blue-collar jobs."

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5. Energy

Thanks to federal stimulus funding, green jobs have grown. One in demand is energy auditor ($48,098), says Shatkin, along with wind-turbine technicians ($48,990) and solar-energy system installers ($47,658).

Traditional energy is thriving too, he notes, with strong need for petroleum engineers ($121,214). One engineering role in energy that requires less training is engineering technician ($47,918), who assist senior engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports many engineering technicians specialize in electricity or electronics. A two-year degree at a technical institute or community college can get you started in this career.

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6. Education

While many districts have laid off teachers, opportunity remains in inner cities, says Ryan. Cities such as Memphis are hiring teachers ($45,914) with just a six-week bootcamp training. You need a bachelor's degree to qualify for such programs, she notes.

"You used to need to get a teaching certificate in most states," she says. "Now, you can find a teaching job without one."

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Business writer Carol Tice is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur, The Seattle Times and other major publications.

Source: All salary data is from The salaries listed are median, annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

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They are Now Billionares in China and India, while in the U.S. we only have 130 million people working out of 330 million. According to the bureau of labor and Statistics.

July 12 2011 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They went overseas to avoid whatever. The bottom line is that with cheap labor they profited overseas sending back cheap goods for the US customer to buy. What have they done with all of the money they made off of cheap labor?

December 12 2010 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marie Berberich

Ryan & Shatkin don't know what they are talking about re: new grad nurses easily getting jobs. I graduated in May 2010 with a bachelors, 3.5 GPA, honors, member of nursing honor society. No hospital, nursing home or home care agency has even called me for an interview. This is a nationwide problem. Schools of nursing are pumping out new grads to the hilt, filling their classrooms and tuition coffers based on the "nursing shortage myth". There are indeed lots of job for nurses, EXPERIENCED NURSES. Every nursing ad says minimum one year experience. Previously, when numbers of grads were fewer, hospitals would take on new grads and train and some even paid hefty hiring bonuses. That is all gone now. I have been told by the CEO of the National League for Nursing that I should pack up and move to South Dakota as she "thinks they are still hiring there". They arent. I looked online, only experienced nurses need apply. This myth spinning about the nursing shortage has got to stop. In fact, many hospitals in my area will not hire a new grad RN unless they either are or have recently worked in their facility as a CNA (nurses aide). This is something relatively new being done by different facilities. In school,we were told being a CNA was merely recommended, not mandatory. And many of those CNA's now turned RNs just barely squeaked thru with C's. How would you like to be taken care of by someone who just did the bare minimum to get thru school OR simply did not understand or grasp the material. Yet, in all likelihood, this is the type of nurse you will have as this is what the hospitals are latching on to because this person is a known entity, re: do they come to work on time, do they get along with coworkers, etc.

December 11 2010 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope these comments are sent to Washington for the over paid politicians to read (not that it will do any good). We need to get rid of this president as soon as possible before China desides to take over our country and they will. It's time to close the doors to foreign countries and take care of us first last and always.

December 11 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We will welcome you all to Texas, if you are REPUBLICAN !! We don't have all the liberal crap like New York and California, at least, not yet. We are a right to work state. $ 50,000 for a CNC programmer? More like $90,000 around here. I am a almost 60 year old, and I make roughly $80,000 just running a lathe and mill, not that difficult, and I could get a job next door in a minute, or down the block, we have 100's of Machine Shops here in the oil field, Stick out your thumb and hitch-hike to Texas, if you have any sense at all !!

December 11 2010 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Healthcare is not hiring either. I've been in HR in the healthcare industry for the past 10 years. Since 2008 there has been a reduction in hiring for RN's, RT's and other licensed health care workers. This will continue to be the trend for the next 2 years. In CA alone I know of over 10k skilled workers who have been laid off from hospitals due to the reduction of reinbursements.

There will be another hiring boom in healthcare once the economy and market stablizes. Hospitals will then be replacing the RN's who had held off from retiring until they felt their retirement plan was stable again... But 2011, I do not think so. To many uncertainties with the National healthcare plan and hospitals don't know how the new plan is going to affect them.

December 11 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What I thing Obama needs to do is to put high taxes on all the companys that aare taken our job out of the country and putting them over seas, just so they can have things made cheaper and the bring them back and the cost just as much or more. iF HE DID THIS i THING ALOT OF THE COMPANYS would send them out of our country.

December 11 2010 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God bless the person who said,obama is a joke.aover goverment is getting rich off the poor folkes and dont care who they step on as long as they have there three meals a day and all the vacation that they want.Getting rid of the small class wont pay your bills mr obama.So get smart and do something good for our counryt for a change,Bring home our boy,s will be a start.give social security what they worked for there lifes and start to help the poor for a change,You lost my vote thats for sure.

December 11 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Move Asshole

December 11 2010 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Steve R and Mike God dam f--k off

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