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

It’s Not All Doom and Gloom with Industries Booming

The news bulletins around the world are currently filled with reports documenting the loss of jobs at a certain major employer, or how certain industries are struggling to make ends meet and subsequently affecting all of the people they supply. What the media is not currently focusing on is the successes of the various industries, prospering through these difficult times and providing a living for millions of employees.

There are some that have come through the difficult times bigger and stronger, transforming themselves from a small company working to meet demand, to increasingly large companies who have been entrusted to pick up the slack left behind by those who, unfortunately, could no longer function.

Over the past few years, the astronomic rise in energy costs, coupled with increasingly eco-conscious members of the public have resulted in the growth of many “green” industries. For instance, the solar panel manufacturing industry has been at the forefront of the eco-movement for more than a decade now, with revenue growth of 32.3% since 2002.

The construction and manufacturing industries were two hit particularly hard by the recession, however, both appear to have taken the blows and come back harder and stronger. To use an eco-friendly example again, the green and sustainable building industry has experienced growth estimated to be around 28.9% in the past ten years, with this year’s figures expected to peak at around the 18% mark.

In a recent study from Ibis World, the ten fastest growing industries included those in the manufacturing, educational, recreational and retail sectors, and certainly threw up a few surprises.

According to the study, the green and sustainable construction industry is currently the fastest growing industry, brining in $103,052.2m in 2012 alone, with predictions of the total passing $287,867.9m by 2017.

It’s safe to say that anything that involves development and creation are booming industries right now. The demand for new and innovative products, ranging from natural looking fake tans to the fabrication of sheet metal to aid the development of a new warehouse is most definitely there, and is likely to be for the immediate future. With businesses looking to expand, as opposed to reducing or even closing, if you can find an industry to get into that is on the up, you’re likely to be taken up with it.