Top 5 Fastest Growing Business Careers You Should Consider Today

social-media-managementThe fastest growing careers in the country are in the business and technology industries. If you want to return to school and you’re not sure which degree you should earn, it’s important to review which industries have a growing demand. The Bureau of Labor focuses on projecting the demand for specific careers and the best way to ensure that you can find a position once you earn your degree is to find out where projections for demand are high. Here are 5 business careers with growing projections that you may want to consider based on what interests you.

 #1: Social Media Managers

Over the past few years, social media has exploded. Users have found that sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus are not only useful for personal profiles, but can also be profitable and useful for businesses. People with a background and understanding of social media marketing are in high demand by many different companies, so it’s a smart idea to get educated about social media now.

#2: Personal Finance

With Social Security on the verge of collapse, more and more people are recognizing the importance of building their retirement savings. Becoming a personal financial adviser may be the perfect career for you if you’re interested in finance and you’re ready to earn a bachelor’s degree in anything from business and finance to accounting and economics.

#3: Accounting

While accounting software does make balancing ledgers and cash flow statements easier, there is still a growing need for personal and corporate accountants. If you’re good with numbers, you’re detail-oriented, and you like the office environment, you can benefit from the growing demand for accounting services.

#4: SEO Marketing Director

Corporations all around the world are using social media profiles and the Internet to market to a widespread audience. If you’ve always dreamed of being a marketing director, focus on learning the ins and outs of Search Engine Optimization and Internet marketing and you’ll have the skills that corporations are looking for as the possibilities for online marketing continue to multiply.

#5: Information Systems

Computers aren’t going anywhere. There will always be an increasing need for information systems managers. If you’re a technical individual and you’ve dreamed of earning a sizable income in the technology field, earn your Bachelors in MIS online and gain a high-demand skill set that both mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies are looking for.

Focus on demand before you focus on what career you are pursuing. Once you determine which careers are projected to be high in demand in the long run, you can then start pursuing a degree so that you can find your dream job in today’s service-oriented economy.

Five of the Best Online IT Job Sites

imagesFinding a job in this economy is not easy, so you have to know how to search effectively. If you are searching for jobs online, you have to visit the right sites and send out at least a dozen resumes each day. Below is a review of five of the best online sites that you should consider using for your job search.

Indeed.com

Indeed.com is one of the most popular job search sites out there and can give you access to thousands of different jobs. Whether you want to look for nursing jobs or news writing jobs, you can find it on Indeed.com. This search engine is very easy to use and provides you with jobs that aren’t always found on other job search sites.

Career Builder

Career Builder is one of the most massive job search sites you can find. In addition to findings jobs, Career Builder gives you the opportunity to receive job alerts, obtain job advice and find job fairs. You can also post your resume on this site for employers to see.

Craigslist

If you are like some people, you might have avoided Craigslist because you have heard about different scams. Although there are illegitimate job ads posted on this site, there are also a lot of great ones. If you take the time to look, you can find a great career on Craigslist. Just find your city and start looking under your job category. There are tons of job categories on Craigslist including administrative, customer service, marketing, writing and non-profit.

LinkedIn.com

LinkedIn.com is one of the hottest social media sites out there right now and it can also help you find the job you want. When you create a profile on this site, you not only get the chance to search for jobs; you also can find former classmates and co-workers and network with them.

Ashdown Group

Ashdown Group is a recruiting agency that specializes in marketing, human resources, IT and accounting. Unlike other sites, specialist job roles are advertised such as asp.net developer jobs.

Finding suitable employment won’t happen overnight, but using these job sites will help speed up the process. Search daily and do not get discouraged if you don’t hear back right away. Some companies will not start calling candidates until two weeks after a job has been posted. If you search diligently, you will eventually find that job role.

 

 

 

 

 

Five Consistently Recession-Proof Careers

healthcareThe 2008 crash of the U.S. economy, the likes of which almost propelled the country into a second Great Depression, dealt a catastrophic blow to hundreds-of-thousands, eventually millions, of American jobs. Although the impact was felt across nearly every industry and market, certain jobs, usually dubbed “recession-proof”, remained (and will continue to remain) virtually 100 percent immune from the 2008 economic crisis and from possible future downturns.

Presented are five careers that not only weathered the crisis of 2008, but have historically been practically impervious to bad job markets.

Healthcare: Brain Surgeon

This one’s a, forgive the pun, no-brainer: The vast majority of people will never be brain surgeons. Considering the time, resources, and energy–i.e. a decade or more of combined education and interning and vast sums of money–it takes to attain an M.D., brain surgeons are found few and far between. Thus, their specific skills are in extremely high demand and short in supply.

Brain surgeons have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, four years of medical school, and three to eight years of residing and interning. Wages for brain surgeons, and doctors overall for that matter, are among the highest of all careers: Per the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), physicians practicing in medical specialties, including neurology, received a median salary of over $356,000 in 2010 alone. Click here for a history of brain surgery.

Education: Post-secondary Educator

Post-secondary teachers work in both public and private universities, junior or community colleges, and career/vocational schools. Educational requirements differ with the different types of educational institutions and subjects taught. However, post-secondary teachers at universities usually have a Ph.D; a master’s degree is sometimes sufficient for post-secondary teacher at junior colleges. In vocational/career-type schools, work experience can sometimes prove even more important for getting a teaching job than a degree itself. The median salary for post-secondary educators was $56,000 in 2010, with the field expected to grow 17 percent by 2020.

IT: Database Administrator

Database administrators, a.k.a. “DBAs”, create, store, organize, and manipulate data using specialized software and computer systems. They work in a variety of industries, including computer and network systems administration and consulting, insurance, banking, and healthcare. DBAs generally have a bachelor’s degree in an IT-related (information technology) subject and usually gain experience both in school and in the field. The median wage for DBAs in 2010 was $73,000.

Healthcare: Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapists, also known as PTs, help treat and rehabilitate people who suffer from hindered movement, as well as the chronic pain that commonly follows it. PT’s normally must attain a doctoral degree in physical therapy and are required to be licensed in all U.S. states. In 2010, the median pay for PT’s was just over $76,000, with beginners earning a median pay of $54,000 and veterans’ salaries peaking around $90,000.

Physical therapist assistants, often called PTA’s, work under the supervision of licensed physical therapists to help patients to manage pain and regain movement due to injuries, illnesses, and/or surgeries. Most states mandate PTA’s have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapy program as well as a PTA license. As of 2010, the median annual wage of PTA’s was $49,000; further, the number of PTA positions is expected to increase a whopping 46 percent by 2020, faster than the majority of all other careers.

Finance: Financial Adviser

Financial advisers specialize in advising clients on investments, taxes, and/or insurance decisions. They normally have a bachelor’s degree, often a master’s degree, and hold special certifications, chiefly among them being: Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). In 2010, the median salary of financial advisers was $64,000, $32,000 for beginners and $130,000 for veterans. The field is projected to grow 32 percent by 2020.

**Statistics gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Value of Unemployment

Guest post by: Kimberly Blackburn
Training/Marketing Coordinator of the Capital Region Maryland SBDC (Small Business Development Center)

Kimberly works as the Marketing and Training Coordinator for the Maryland Small Business Development Center. At the SBDC she coordinates over 100 training workshops a year for small businesses in the DC Metro area. She also has the opportunity to work as the Events Director for an angel investor group called the Washington DC Archangels, helping to plan their monthly meetings and workshops for companies all across the country. In addition, Kimberly coordinates memorable and constructive networking events as the Washington DC Regional Manager of TechCocktail, LLC.

Besides her passion for entrepreneurship, Kimberly loves trying new things in the kitchen, traveling pretty much anywhere and getting in touch with her crafty side. 

After my college graduation I had big dreams to move to Washington DC to start my career and a new chapter in my life. So, I packed up my 2004 Honda Civic, drove cross country and set out to start my new life in the big city. I didn’t have a job offer in DC, but that didn’t scare me. I never had a hard time getting a job in the past so why would this time be any different?

It was. After I arrived in Washington DC, my short 1 month projected job search quickly stretched into 6 months! I was forced to move into my friend’s basement as I watched my already small savings account slowly vanish. I’m going to be honest, it was a very discouraging and exhausting time in my life, but looking back now, I wouldn’t change anything about those long, lonely months of unemployment. I don’t intend to make this post a pity post, rather I want to share all the invaluable lessons I learned that helped me so much more than just securing a job.

First off, I don’t want to discourage anyone from applying for jobs on job search sites, but from my experience, I had about a 5% response rate from applying for jobs this way. The most value I got from applying for jobs on jobs sites was learning about what kinds of companies are in the area. Here’s where my first “Job Search Tip” comes in:

Job Search Tip #1: Ask for Informational Interviews

I cannot advocate this enough. I changed my search strategy from looking for open job positions, to looking and researching companies that I was actually interested in. I searched every combination of words in Google to find organizations in the industries I was interested in, that had the values I wanted to work for. I even researched past and future events in my chosen industries and went on to research the sponsors from those events. This was my accelerated course to learn which companies were the front runners in their industries.

After identifying which companies I was passionate about, I really DUG to find someone –  anyone – I had some sort of a connection to within the company. LinkedIn was golden for this. You can research companies and it will list everyone who has that company listed on their profile and you can see who within your network has connections to those companies. You might be surprised to find out you are more connected than you think. Don’t ever hesitate to ask someone to introduce you to someone. Business is about relationships and connections and everyone understands that. If you don’t have an inside connection, that’s okay, just search for a contact on the company’s website.

I would then contact this person and I’d ask for an informational interview. Let me tell you what’s so great about informational interviews. There is SO much less pressure. There is no job on the line, so if you’re anything like me, I was able to relax and really portray who I was, what my strengths and weaknesses were and what kind of jobs I was looking for. They may or may not have a job position within their company, but chances are, they know many more people than you do in their industry and there is a good chance that they will recommend, or better yet introduce you to someone who might actually have a job opening. If they don’t know of someone in the moment to recommend you to, you will at least be in the forefront of their mind when they hear of the first job opening, and if you left a good enough taste in their mouth, I wouldn’t be surprised if they contact you for it.

Another benefit from informational interviews is you are practicing and improving your interviewing skills for when you have that one interview that really counts. I believe it was in these interviews that I learned the most about myself and what I was looking for. When someone puts you on the spot and asks you very direct questions about your experience and your vision for the future, you are more able to fine tune what you are looking for and discover what your strengths and passions are.

Job Search Tip #2: Expand your Network

Don’t think of unemployment just as a time to find another job, this is a time for you to put yourself out there and expand your professional network. Talk to people. Meet people for coffee. Go to all types of events. Be vulnerable. I actually kept a list of “go to” networking questions on my phone for those moments I really didn’t want meet new people, but I knew I needed to. Networking isn’t always easy. I think everyone can attest to that. But it definitely reaps its rewards. I actually used an online service and paid maybe $5 to have personal business cards printed so I had my information to give to people when I was networking. Nothing is tackier then having to write down your number and tear off part of the program to give someone your information. Keep it classy.

I will testify for networking, I currently have one full time job and two part time jobs. Each one of those was from networking, not one of them came from applying for a job online. One person, led to another person who led to another person, and not only did it eventually get me a job (or 3 jobs), but it expanded my professional network at the same time.

Job Search Tip #3: Volunteer at Events

This goes along well with “Expanding your Network” but this was my little trick. Attending events is where you will find the most opportune networking scenarios, but let’s be honest, it can get pricey, and when I hadn’t seen a paycheck in months, I wasn’t jumping at the idea of paying out the rest of my savings to spend a few evenings out with a bunch of strangers. But I figured out a trick – if you can find a way to volunteer at an event, you will likely get to go to the event for free. You will probably have to arrive early and spend a portion of the time checking people in, or refilling the drinks table, but after the beginning rush, I don’t think anyone will even notice if you go join the crowds.

Job Search #4: Give Service

Giving service might not seem like it will pay out the dividends you are looking for (aka a job) but I was surprised at the benefits and blessings I received just because I offered up a little bit of my time to help someone else. You never know what is going to come from meeting new people and you never know where you may find them, but I think service is a great place to start.

Help out a mother who needs a short break from her children, get active in your local church, spend time with an elderly person, volunteer at a homeless shelter etc. Not only does this have a positive effect on your attitude and persona (which is visible in your interviews and professional interactions), but this is another great networking tool. I learned of many great opportunities this way and not to undercut the spirit of service, but people are more willing to help you out when they see that you are willing to help them out.

Getting a job isn’t easy and being unemployed isn’t very fun but I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I think it is our job to make the most of it. I might not have been receiving a paycheck during those six months, but I did learn invaluable lessons that I couldn’t have learned otherwise. Now, go out there and face unemployment with optimism and hope, and I’m confident that you’ll secure not only a job that you want, but also a network of friends and professionals that are irreplaceable.