Each person has his or her own criteria about what makes a great job. For some it is the challenge of a job that makes it attractive, while for others it could be the sense of fulfillment that a particular career gives them that draws them to a job. Apart from these factors, most people also look for a high salary, good prospects for growth, chances for professional development and creativity, and stability. Taking all these factors into consideration, the following is a list of some of the fastest growing jobs, which are expected to be in demand right through to 2014 - many of them even beyond.
Computer Science Jobs
Computer Software Engineer: Apart from writing computer programs, software engineers also help industries incorporate new technologies efficiently and easily. Computers, of course, are going to continue playing a significant role in all aspects of everyday life well into the future, hence the growth prospects in this field are strong.
Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst: Of course, we all know about the phenomenal growth of the Internet. Their job involves keeping electronic communication systems like the Internet, e-mail, and voice mail functioning smoothly. Much of their time is spent evaluating and testing systems like WANs, or wide area networks, LANs, or local area networks, and intranets.
|Computer Operators||Computer Trainers||Computer Hardware Engineers||Systems Administrators|
|Computer Managers||Database Administrators||Computer Scientists||Systems Analysts|
|Computer Software Engineers||Computer Support Specialists||Information Systems Managers||Systems Developers|
Environmental Engineer: With increasing awareness of environmental issues, and with the increasing prospects of the demand for environmental regulations, this is another field that has huge growth potential well into the future. Environmental engineers are required in recycling efforts, pollution control, and similar public health fields. They also help to design, construct, and operate waste disposal and water supply systems. They are involved in gathering a lot of data for analysis. They find employment in research firms, universities, laboratories, government agencies, consulting firms, and public and private companies.
|Automotive Engineer||Petroleum Engineers||Aerospace Engineers||Agricultural Engineers|
|Chemical Engineers||Civil Engineers||Electrical and Electronics Engineers||Nuclear Engineers|
|Mining Engineers||Industrial Engineers||Materials Engineers||Mechanical Engineers|
Epidemiologist: Epidemiologists are medical scientists who study the transmission and control of epidemic outbreaks in populations. The recent outbreak of SARS is an example of the need for epidemiologists. With populations continuing to grow and the barriers of global travel continuing to diminish, there is an increasing likelihood of virus epidemics breaking out. Then there is also the prospect of some fanatical group carrying out bioterrorist attacks. Hence, the demand for epidemiologists is projected to be very high.
Medical Scientist: Although it is a broad category, the demand for medical scientists is projected to be very strong due to the increasing research required for diseases that continue to beset human populations like Parkinson's Disease, AIDS, and cancer. The jobs are generally available in pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and the health departments of the government.
Practitioners of Alternative Medicine: The stresses of modern life coupled with sedentary lifestyles has given rise to various chronic ailments affecting the skeletal, nervous, organic and muscular systems, for which modern medicine often has no answers. This has given rise to the demand for the services of chiropractors, aromatherapists, massage and acupuncture therapists, and the like. Health insurance companies have also begun to recognize these therapists, which augurs well for their reputation and respect.
Biophysicist and Biochemist: Fields like food processing, drug development, and biotechnology are developing very fast, and these are where biophysicists and biochemists find their job opportunities. The government too employs them to deal with health and environmental issues.
|Anesthetists||Chiropractors||Dentists||Dietitians and Nutritionists|
|Licensed Nurses||Pathologists||Medical Assistants||Optometrists|
|Home Healthcare Assistants||Mental Health Workers||Midwives||Nursing Assistants|
|Occupational Therapists||Paramedics||Pharmacists||Physical Therapists|
Finance and Insurance Jobs
Personal Financial Adviser: As is evident by the job title, financial advisers give advice to people on their financial matters. With baby boomers beginning to retire, they need the services of financial advisers to advise them about investment strategies, which includes even estate planning. Some financial advisers even sell insurance. The wide range and complexity of investing and financial options is what is responsible for the strong growth opportunities of this job.
Financial Manager: This job involves creating financial projections, balance sheets, and income statements. They go under the terms like treasurer, controller, chief financial officer, and credit manager. Apart from their accounting abilities, they are also in demand because they are usually required to be involved in long-term business strategy. As the economy continues to grow, so will the demand for financial managers.
Actuary: An actuary is an assessor of risk, and most of them find jobs in the insurance industry. There are three basic fields where their services are required: pensions, property and casualty, life and health. With the insurance industry primed to continue growing and management of risk becoming increasingly important, the job prospects look good indeed.
|Money Managers||Financial Planner||Financial Analyst||Insurance Adjusters|
|Commodity Adviser||Bullion Trader||Banking Executive||Investment Banking|
|Economists||Auditors||Loan Officers||Debt Counselors|
Management Analyst: Management Analysts analyze your business and tell you what is going wrong and how things can be rectified. They help in reorganizing businesses and deal with unexpected losses and even extreme growth. They look at every aspect of a company and will pinpoint where the fat needs trimming and where more muscle can be added. This job has great growth prospects as industry is expected to keep growing rapidly.
Health and Medical Services Manager: They handle a wide variety of responsibilities, like administration of medical records, insurance claims, budgeting and so on. Their services are required from being managers in small and private practice offices to being administrators in large hospitals. As the health industry continues to grow, so are the intricacies of managing it, hence there is a strong demand for qualified managers.
|Administrative Assistant||Librarians||Office Supervisors and Managers||Health Services Managers|
|Human Resources Managers||Industrial Production Managers||Marketing Managers||Property Managers|
|Sales Managers||Purchasing Managers||Real Estate Managers||Engineering Managers|
Market Research Analyst: Prior to a service or product being launched, a lot of research is required about exactly where and how to do it. Market research analysts collect data on national, regional, and local levels to ascertain the potential sales of a service or product. They put together sets of questions and get people to answer them. Launching a service or products involves high expenses, so it is a high priority to find out if it will be a failure or success, hence as industry continues to grow, so will the demand for market research analysts.
Marketing Manager: Marketing managers determine where a product should be sold, who the customers are, and what price the product should be sold at. Their job involves working extensively with product development managers, market research managers, and sales managers. Their primary task is to draw new customers, and keep them. They also help in identifying markets for new products. Also, they find out what the needs of customers are and how those needs can be met. Competition in the marketplace is set to keep growing, so is the demand for experienced marketing managers. At the same time, there is a growing demand for marketing field executives with a number of products launched with each passing day.
Advertising and Media Jobs
Advertising and Promotions Manager: As is evident by the job title, they are responsible for promoting the company's name. They plan and direct advertising strategies and promotional tactics like giveaways, coupons, and contests. With global markets opening up and increasing competition between products, the demand for this position is high indeed.
Agent and Business Manager for Performers, Artists, and Athletes: With the huge growth of the entertainment industry, and with the increasing popularity of athletes and actors, there will be continuing demand for the services of business managers and agents. Their job includes marketing and representing their clients, and their duties can include negotiating contracts.
Producer and Director: Producers are business and financial managers for TV programs, movies, and stage shows. They are involved in selecting scripts, developing budgets, arranging financing, and helping in hiring actors and directors. News producers, for example, whether for radio or TV, help in developing individual items of news and give the OK on which ones should be aired. Directors, on the other hand, are responsible for the creative aspect of production and decide about the program or film's setting, acting, music, and costumes. With the increase in media outlets, there are great growth prospects.
Actor, Athlete, Performer: The entertainment industry is huge and will continue to grow, hence actors, athletes, and various other performers will continue to hold center stage well into the future.
Geo-scientist: With the continuing growing interest in fields like geology, seismology, paleontology, and oceanography, geo-scientist, who study the earth, are finding great job prospects. Engineering geologists, for example, are required for infrastructure projects like building bridges and highways. Petroleum geologists will be in particular demand to find new sources of oil.
|Market Researchers||Operations Research Analysts||Clinical Researchers||Environment Researchers|
|Forensic Researchers||Language Researchers||Medical Scientists||Research Scientist|
Lawyer: There are many types of lawyers, and some of them never enter a court room. Basically, they are knowledgeable about the legal aspects of various fields and apply them. There are civil lawyers, criminal lawyers, plaintiff lawyers, defensive lawyers, and so on.
|Paralegal||Legal Assistants||Police Officer||Judge|
|Litigation Support Professional||Trial Consultant||Mediator||Jury Consultant|
|Legal Secretary||Compliance Specialist||Court Reporter||E-Discovery Professional|
These were just some of the jobs in various fields. Other than these jobs, there are other jobs in the same field as well. It is best that each person decides on the right job for himself depending on his own likes and dislikes. When one works in the field, which one is fond of, the chances of the person enjoying there career are far more as compared to people, who take up careers on advice of others.