11 Hot Fields for Hiring in 2011

Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

Occupational experts like Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., say that America is climbing out of recession and job opportunities are better now than they've been for a long time. But what does this mean for people hoping to advance their career? What can they do in 2011 to be strong candidates in the future job market?

Shatkin answers these essential questions in his book "2011 Career Plan: The Best Moves Now for a Solid Future." In it, he explains that the recovery is a steady upswing, not a hiring boom, and that people will need to be strategic about how and where they pursue employment.

"Jobs are not expected to be plentiful in 2011 -- or for several years afterward. In fact, we may see a repeat of what happened after the recession of 2001, when 39 months passed before employment rose back to pre-recession levels. This recovery is also a patchwork affair, with some industries bouncing back much faster than others. For example, in March 2010, while manufacturers were adding jobs, the news and information business was still losing jobs," says Shatkin. "That's why 'I'll find something' is not an adequate career plan for 2011. You need to choose a specific goal and develop a smart strategy to take advantage of the opportunities that 2011 does have to offer."

One career strategy Shatkin recommends is to focus on fast-growing fields, where job opportunities tend to be more plentiful than in fields where jobs are slow-growing or disappearing. According to Shatkin and information from the U.S. Department of Labor, the following 11 fields are projected to grow fastest through 2018.


1. Management, scientific and technical consulting services

Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; industrial engineers; financial analysts; customer service representatives; and public relations specialists


2. Computer systems design and related services

Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; network and computer systems administrators; accountants and auditors; computer software engineers, systems software; and computer support specialists


3. Social assistance, except child day care

Hottest jobs in this field: medical and public health social workers; special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school; first-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers; occupational therapists; and social and human service assistants


4. Software publishers

Hottest jobs in this field: network and computer systems administrators; computer systems analysts; computer support specialists; market research analysts; and customer service representatives


5. Scientific research and development services

Hottest jobs in this field: biomedical engineers; network systems and data communications analysts; biochemists and biophysicists; medical scientists, except epidemiologists; and compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety and transportation


6. Health care

Hottest jobs in this field: physician assistants; physical therapist aides; speech-language pathologists; physical therapist assistants; and physical therapists


7. Employment services

Hottest jobs in this field: accountants and auditors; customer service representatives; construction laborers; computer software engineers, systems software; and computer software engineers, applications


8. Construction

Hottest jobs in this field: heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers; septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners; telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers; purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail and farm products; and cost estimators


9. Child day care services

Hottest jobs in this field: preschool teachers, except special education; special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school; office clerks, general; kindergarten teachers, except special education; and first-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers


10. Advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations

Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety and transportation; compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists; market research analysts; and customer service representatives


11. Educational services

Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; self-enrichment education teachers; customer service representatives; loan counselors; and medical scientists, except epidemiologists


Shatkin reminds people to "keep in mind that these 11 fields are not the only fields where job opportunities will be available in 2011. They're fast-growing, but jobs can still be found in many fields that are not growing as fast -- even shrinking."




Selena Dehne is a career writer for JIST Publishing who shares the latest occupational, career and job search information available with job seekers and career changers. She is also the author of JIST's Job Search and Career Blog (http://jistjobsearchandcareer.blogspot.com/). Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SelenaDehne.

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Theodore L. Friedman

Because I am deaf, I communicate via my fax machine and my email address. I can read lips and speak well. I am a senior and I would like to be a helper for anything what you have for me. I live at Delray Beach, FL 33484.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you.

December 22 2010 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Medical Assistant

I like all the 11 fields which provide good job.I have many conflicts in my mind about doing job.All my conflict is solved by reading and reviewing this post.Thanks for such a nice post.
with regards
charlie

December 22 2010 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JIM

This is the best you can come up with? Let's take them one-by-one.
1. Management, scientific and technical consulting services: You're correct, jobs in this field are growing... but not for Americans. More and more companies are outsourcing the jobs offshore. My wife works in IT (has a B.S.C.S.) and I am a mechanical engineer (B.S.M.E.). Both of our companies have laid off numerous people in favor of outsourcing. It would be more tolerable if it was with Americans but the majority are overseas.
2. Computer systems design and related services: See above comment.
3. Social assistance, except child day care: My daughter recently obtained her psychology degree only to find very few offers. The offers she did get were terribly low paying. Occupational therapist may be the exception here.
4. Software publishers: See comment about 1.
5. Scientific research and development services: I agree with you on this one for the most part. However, these jobs are VERY hard to get without an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) or an extremely high grade point average, +3.80, with an undergraduate degree. Read go to graduate school here.
6. Health care: These are the best options out of the list.
7. Employment services: See comment about 1 accept for construction laborers. Why is that listed here? Was it supposed to be listed in 8?
8. Construction: I think Manufacturing would have been a better title. Yes, there are some jobs here but they are very low paying and susceptible to layoffs.
9. Child day care services: Agree that we need them but the pay is terrible and generally, so are the benefits. Most of these jobs require little advanced education.
10. Advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations: You have these jobs under an odd title. These jobs are in demand, many because no one wants them.
11. Educational services: Is this a catch-all group? "network systems and data communications analysts; self-enrichment education teachers; customer service representatives; loan counselors; and medical scientists, except epidemiologists"... You have medical scientists (except epidemiologists) in this group? I don't even know what to say about this.

December 21 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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