Jobs in High Demand Even in Troubled Times

by Teagan Smith
Even when economic news is bad, there are fields that hire capable workers.

Even when economic news is bad, there are fields that hire capable workers.

When unemployment soars, hopes for finding a job can plummet. The International Labour Organization's "World of Work 2013" conveys harsh realities: global unemployment is expected to reach 208 million by 2015, up from 200 million in 2013. The organization also reported that in 2013, more than 73 million of the world's young people, or 12.6%, were jobless. In its "Trends for Youth" report it found that young adults were almost three times more likely to be unemployed than their older counterparts. However, many of today's high-demand jobs require short training periods and offer strong opportunities for career advancement.

Health Care Workers

As our population ages, the need for health care providers skyrockets. Of the 20 fastest-growing jobs for 2020 listed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, 10 are in the health care field. The BLS predicts a 70 percent spike in demand for home health aides and personal health aides by 2020. The need for occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants and even veterinary technicians is expected to jump more than 40 percent during that same period. Similarly, highly educated health care providers, such as physical therapists, biomedical engineers and medical sonographers, are expected to be in great demand.

Skilled Construction Laborers

Growth in nonresidential buildings, energy sources, and waste removal have catapulted skilled construction labor into the top 20 fastest-growing jobs for 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for brickmasons, blockmasons, glaziers and iron workers is expected to increase by more than 40 percent over the next decade. The BLS reports the need for assistants, helpers and apprentices exceeds even that for master craftsmen.

White Collar Professionals

Technology, globalization, and demographics drive which jobs are plentiful for the white collar crowd. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for counselors, interpreters, market researchers and event planners to be near the top of the hiring charts between now and 2020. "U.S. News & World Report's" Jobs 2020 report predicts data-crunching and statistical analysis to be two of the most sought after skills. According to this report, other sure-fire fields include scientific research and computer engineering.

Career Paths

Some of the best news about high-demand jobs is that they are found in high-demand fields. This provides a natural career path for those starting out in an entry-level position. Whether you start out as a technician, helper or aide, advancement is possible. For instance, if you are a physical therapy assistant with an associate degree, you can go back to school and work toward a master's or doctorate of physical therapy. Because both the entry-level jobs and upper-level jobs are in demand, you can invest in your education and skills development with confidence.

About the Author

Teagan Smith has been writing about careers and education for more than 15 years. She has worked for leading academic publishers such as Pearson Education, Highlights for Children and West Educational Publishing. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in marketing communications from The Ohio State University and has visited more than 100 college campuses throughout the U.S.

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