Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hot occupations for college graduates in 2014

TOP JOBS: How you can get into one
of the top jobs of 2014
Good news; employers will continue to hire in 2014! Even better -- they will be looking for candidates with a broad range of skills to fill jobs across various industries. According to Kiplinger, "economic growth will strengthen in 2014, starting with first quarter and averaging about 2.6% for the year.” So what does this really mean? Jobs, jobs, jobs! But which jobs will be highest in demand?

Healthcare will continue to be one of the fastest-growing industries in 2014. The healthcare and social assistance sector is projected to grow at an annual rate of 2.6 percent, adding 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employees in health information technology, medical coding, and healthcare administration will be in demand, as home health aides, medical assistants, physician assistants, and physical therapists are at the top of the recruitment list. Registered nurses are also in demand at this time.

Additionally, CareerBuilder and EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.), have identified some of the hottest jobs in 2014 based on industry performance over the past three years, projected growth, and whether they fall within a higher-wage category of $22 per hour or more:
  1. Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  2. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  3. Training and Development Specialists
  4. Financial Analysts
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Web Developers
  7. Logisticians
  8. Database Administrators
  9. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  10. Interpreters and Translators
It is important to note that most of these jobs are highly technical and require specialized skills. For job seekers, this means that if you are interested in these fields, this may be a good opportunity to explore the market and investigate any additional education or training you might need. Remember, it's important to be practical and to gauge whether your investment is holistically worthwhile. It's also important to consider if you have the aptitude, interest, and passion for these jobs.

In today’s job market, a blend of conventional and innovative approaches is the best way to tap into these opportunities. It should go without saying that your resume is key! Make sure you have a resume and cover letter that tells your story succinctly and effectively. Once you’ve written them, ask someone to look them over and provide you with feedback. At Peirce, our Career Development Services experts are always on hand to help you.

Good old fashioned professional networking is still important. I recommend that students become involved in professional organizations that will provide them with timely and relevant industry knowledge and will also keep them connected with peers and colleagues in their field. Don’t be afraid to use technology to enhance your job seeking efforts. Couple that traditional approach with technology by using apps like LinkedIn (to build your profile and connect), Twitter (to build your brand and position yourself as a thought leader), and SnapDat Digital Business Cards (to organize your business cards), and you can be a networking extraordinaire!

Visit company websites to see what jobs are listed. Use job boards like CareerBuilder, Monster, and Idealist for broader searches, but supplement them with apps like BeKnown, Beyond.com, Indeed, Simply Hired, and SnagAJob, which can provide quick access to targeted searches right on your smartphone.

The bottom line: the employment landscape in 2014 offers hope and opportunity. To leverage it effectively, it is important to understand your specific skills, training, interests, and financial needs. Then measure those against the market to find your dream job!