Great Careers To Get Into In 2012


Look­ing for­ward to 2012, there is cau­tious opti­mism that the econ­omy — and the job mar­ket — will con­tinue to improve.   If you’re think­ing of chang­ing careers in the new year?  Here are the jobs that will be hot and in demand.

1. Bio­med­ical engi­neer
Accord­ing to the Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics, bio­med­ical engi­neers apply knowl­edge of engi­neer­ing, biol­ogy, and bio­me­chan­i­cal prin­ci­ples to the design, devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of bio­log­i­cal and health sys­tems and prod­ucts. This is one of the fastest-growing occu­pa­tions, with an expected 72 per­cent increase in employ­ment from 2008–2018.
Aver­age salary: $82,421*

2. Com­puter soft­ware engi­neer 
The com­puter sys­tems design and related ser­vices indus­try has seen con­tin­ued growth through­out the sec­ond half of 2011, accord­ing to the BLS. In addi­tion, the NACE Job Out­look 2012 sur­vey found com­puter sci­ences to be one of the top bachelor’s degrees in demand by employ­ers.
Aver­age salary: $97,581

3. Cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive
This occu­pa­tion is expected to expe­ri­ence faster than aver­age growth, one rea­son being the high turnover rate in the field. This is also a good indus­try to con­sider if you are flu­ent in mul­ti­ple lan­guages, as oppor­tu­ni­ties for bilin­gual rep­re­sen­ta­tives are fruit­ful.
Aver­age salary: $29,314

4. Home health aide 
Home health aides pro­vide in-home care, a ser­vice that will con­tinue to be impor­tant as the elderly pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to grow. Accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices, the num­ber of Amer­i­cans 65 and older is pro­jected to be 88.5 mil­lion by 2050, more than dou­ble its esti­mated 2010 pop­u­la­tion.
Aver­age salary: $28,173

5. Man­age­ment ana­lyst
Man­age­ment ana­lyst is an occu­pa­tion in the man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal con­sult­ing ser­vices field, a field that grew by 3.8 per­cent from Sep­tem­ber to Octo­ber 2011 and has seen steady growth through­out the sec­ond half of the year. Accord­ing to the BLS, man­age­ment ana­lysts study and ana­lyze business-related issues and rec­om­mend solu­tions.
Aver­age salary: $72,197

6. Med­ical assis­tant
The BLS pre­dicts that the med­ical assis­tant field will grow by 33.9 per­cent from 2008–2018. Med­ical assis­tants often work at physi­cians’ offices and per­form admin­is­tra­tive and clin­i­cal duties. Proper train­ing and skills can be acquired by attend­ing a one– to two-year pro­gram at a voca­tional school.
Aver­age salary: $37,571

7. Net­work sys­tems and data com­mu­ni­ca­tions ana­lyst
The BLS notes that this occu­pa­tional cat­e­gory, with siz­able employ­ment growth pro­jec­tions through 2018, includes net­work archi­tects and engi­neers, as well as Web admin­is­tra­tors and devel­op­ers. Accord­ing to the Labor Depart­ment, the type of degree required depends on the posi­tion level.
Aver­age salary: $48,316

8. Reg­is­tered nurse
The reg­is­tered nurse pro­fes­sion is the largest health-care occu­pa­tion and is expected to grow by 22.2 per­cent from 2008–2018, accord­ing to the BLS. While RNs can be employed by physi­cians’ offices, most work in hos­pi­tals.
Aver­age salary: $71,692

9. Retail sales­per­son
The record-busting Black Fri­day and Cyber Mon­day retail sales show that con­sumers are start­ing to feel a lit­tle more con­fi­dent about the econ­omy. In fact, the retail trade has over­all trended up since June 2011, with a slight dip from July to August. Due to this occupation’s high turnover rate, employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties are expected to be good.
Aver­age salary: $25,557

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