Top 10 Sectors For Great New Jobs


— UC San Diego study provides guidance —

We all know that high employment puts a damper on the economy. It also serves to get people thinking about what options may be available to them when looking for work.

A team of three academicians set out to discover where the jobs are, publishing a book, Closing America’s Job Gap, to provide those answers. Mary Walshok, PhD, a thought leader on career reinvention and the new innovation economy; Tapan Munroe, PhD, a recognized author, speaker and advisor in economics; and Henry DeVries, MBA have collaborated to offer what may prove to be a defining book for today’s job seekers.

According to Closing America’s Job Gap, the top ten innovative sectors to consider are:

1. Embedded engineering. There are career options for software developers willing to learn some new tricks. Devices from phones, appliances and televisions, to automobiles and iPods, all use processors to run. These complex digital processors, or computers, are embedded systems, often built around a microprocessor core, that are designed by software engineers.

2. Mobile media. Cell phones and other mobile devices are now multifunction devices that enable users to surf the Web, listen to music, download podcasts, use maps, access global positioning satellites, shoot and send photos and videos, and send text messages. Graphic designers, videographers and video editors, casual game/app developers and software engineers are needed to design and develop websites and create video content, software applications, games, interfaces, mobile platforms, and more, as demand continues to increase for Web content and next-generation cell phones.

3. Occupational health and safety. More specialists are needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment, changing regulations, and increasing public expectations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11 percent job growth over the next decade, with 6 out of 10 jobs being in the private sector.

4. English translation and foreign languages. In the next 40 years, it is predicted that the number of Spanish speakers in the United States will rise from 31 million to more than 100 million. For those completely bilingual in Spanish and English, these highly marketable language skills open doors to new careers.

5. Renewable energy and the greening of all jobs. By the mid-21st century, all jobs will be green jobs. Organizations today must address potential regulation changes and look for business growth opportunities in the new era of sustainable environmental economics.

6. Teaching English as a foreign language. Half the world’s population is expected to be speaking English by 2015.  Interest in English teaching positions abroad has mushroomed. That is because English is the international language of business, technology and academia.

7. Action sports innovators. Job seekers searching for a strong sector should consider this: despite the current economic slump, the surf/skate industry has shown notable resiliency during recent global economic challenges, posting U.S. retail sales of $7.22 billion in 2008, according to the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA).

8. Setting up an independent consulting practice. Often there is work to be done, but no jobs. The trick is to offer to provide the labor as a true independent contractor. This is done to market your skills and experience whether in fine cabinet making, catering, technical writing, contract engineering or strategic planning.

9. Geriatric health care. The growing population of seniors continues to have a major impact on careers in health care.  In the U.S. 34 million are 65 years or older, and that population will double by 2030. About 8 out of 10 seniors have at least one chronic health condition and about 50 percent have at least two.

10. Repurposing America’s skilled and technical workers for “new economy” applications, i.e., welders, pipe fitters and mechanics. Nearly 100 percent of welding school graduates find jobs. The average welder is nearing retirement, with twice as many welders retiring as being trained.

The book goes on sale in early January with a related website offering more details and support. The market may be tough right now, but for the current student and future employee, getting prepared is the key to finding work once you have finished college.


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