Best Bets For Jobs In 2012

hot jobs in 2012By Debra Auerbach

Looking forward to 2012, there is cautious optimism that the economy -- and the job market -- will continue to improve. The recently released National Employment Report from ADP, a private staffing and business services firm, showed private employers added 206,000 jobs in November. University of Michigan economists are predicting a brighter 2012; according to a recent study, the jobless rate should continue to drop to 8.8 percent by the end of 2012.

There's hopeful news for soon-to-be graduates, too. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook 2012 survey, employers plan to hire 9.5 percent more graduates from the Class of 2012 than they hired from the Class of 2011. While many of those job openings will be triggered by attrition, it's still a good sign that the number is increasing.

What this all means is that things are starting to look up, but there will still be bumps in the road ahead. Yet some industries are seeing growth -- so much so that some can't fill their positions fast enough.

If you're a job seeker, consider exploring a career in one of these nine occupations, all of which are expected to grow in 2012.

*All salary estimates are from and are the U.S. national average salary.

Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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Thanks for sharing nice information...

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May 09 2012 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hotel sales jobs are great for 2012. You sell blocks of guestrooms, meeting space, banquet rooms, and the hotel's services and amenities to meeting planners and event planners. Get an online hospitality sales certifcate at

February 01 2012 at 11:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If excess pay is not a priority then my suggestion is volunteering for charity work. Or get a job in your field and send off the excess to a choice charity. You might need the money, but I can guarentee there is somebody else out there that does.

January 04 2012 at 2:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Harry T. Kellman

What is available part time, for a 75 year old, who has owned and run several successful business and still is involved part time and does some consulting. I'm bored. Excessive pay is not nevessary.

Live in Reisterstown, MD 21136 e-mail

January 04 2012 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was wondering what skills you need for the customer service rep besides communication skills?

January 04 2012 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sweee11's comment

extreme patience, the ability to force a smile, and actually look like you mean it. and probably a cigarette on your break

January 04 2012 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nursing is not one of the best professions for 2012. There is a huge surplus of nurses. Most hospitals and nursing homes are in a hiring freeze. Doctors offices prefer to hire medical assistants now rather than an RN. Experienced nurses are finding it harder to find full time positions unless it is in surgery or OB. New grads are not hired at all.

January 04 2012 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We are at a point where people need to be thankful for their job if they have one and stop looking for the rainbow that isn't going to be there. There is no such thing is a stressless job or people there that will not get along with you. Reality is life is tough and the sooner you see that and settle in the better off you will be.

January 04 2012 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

singularity a`comin

January 04 2012 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well happy news yrs too the folks at aol

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