5 Careers on the Rise in a Retrograde Economy

by Ron Kness on October 11, 2011

The job market, much like commercial markets, operates on the theory of supply and demand. While the demand for jobs is low right now in many areas, and the supply of people is high, there is hope on the horizon.

The Department of Labor is predicting a growth of at least 20% in some career fields over the next seven years, even in this cooled economy. But there’s a catch: These opportunities are only open to you if you have earned the necessary degrees.

Five Hot Careers – According to the Department of Labor, these five career fields have a higher than average growth rate out through the year 2018:

       Career

Median Hourly Wage

Degree Required

Computer Network Support Specialist

$22.64

Bachelor

Health Care Social Worker

$22.71

Graduate

Human Resources Specialist

$25.33

Bachelor

Physical Therapist

$25.33

Associate

Financial Analyst

$35.75

Bachelor

Many career fields match up well with some military occupation specialties. For example, computers are computers regardless of where they are. And if you are a personnelist, human resources is right up your alley.

Plus, the skills you learned while in the military, called soft skills, are always in high demand, such as:

* Communications
* Management
* Organization
* Team leading/team building

Soft skills transfer across the industry spectrum and are sought out by today’s businesses. New college graduates may have the education and training in these same skills, but they lack the practical experience. That is a huge advantage for you as a veteran – you are both trained and experienced.

The Online Option – Each of the five careers listed above require a degree of some type to get the best job. However, don’t despair if you don’t have the education you need right now. Many schools now offer an online option, in addition to the traditional classroom setting, where you can pursue your degree from the comfort of your home and time of day that fits your busy schedule. And with a recent change to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you can now get a partial housing allowance even if you take all online
classes. It is never too late to start your education.

Fast-track to a Degree – When you decide to go to school, you can shave off many classes from your degree plan, and get your degree quicker, by having your military credits evaluated and transferred to your school. Take some CLEP tests and you have even less credits left to a degree. Then, use your Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for the rest of the classes.

At some point, the economy will rebound and job opportunities will open up. Be sure you are prepared when that happens by using your GI Bill today to get the education and training you need for a career tomorrow.

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TimO'Connell October 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I am proud to have served my country and humbly submit my application for a career with the Veterans sponsor after having graduated from Yale University with a B.A. degree and taken postgraduate study followed by work in technology.

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