Top 5 jobs for 2012
Before you get your college degree, you might want to think about which jobs are doing the most hiring. Honing in on employment trends can not only benefit your job search after graduation, but may also help you get started on the right track toward a long and fruitful career. A number of business and labor authorities, including Career Cast and U.S. News and World Report, have issued their take on the best and worst jobs for this year, weighing variables such as salary, stress and hiring outlook. Here's a look at their top five careers.
1. Registered Nurse - U.S. News and World Report ranked this profession at the top of their list of the 25 best careers, and for good reason: Within the next few years, job vacancies in nursing are expected to increase by at least half a million workers. A large number of Americans, known as the baby boomer generation, are set to retire between now and 2020, not only leaving more jobs open for college graduates, but also requiring more healthcare for senior citizens.
2. Software Engineer - All eyes are on computer programmers now that social networking, smartphones and tablets have become more commonplace than textbooks and notepads. Career Cast considers software engineers, who have the ability to create programs designed to improve healthcare and science fields, to be the most satisfied, well-paid and happy workers in America.
3. Dental or Medical Assistant - Both news sources ranked Dental and Medical Assistants within their top 10 best jobs of 2012 because of promising hiring rates. Similar to nursing, healthcare assistants are seeing a steady demand in hospitals, private clinics, schools and retirement homes.
4. Financial Planner - With an Accounting degree, you can pursue a career in various fields, including financial planning. Earning an average of six figures, people who become financial planners often work at home and have the luxury of creating their own schedules - if they have a healthy clientele base.
5. Physical or Occupational Therapist - Job satisfaction rates are through the roof for Physical and Occupational Therapists, who spend much of their time taking care of people in need. Unlike nurses or medical assistants, physical therapists develop strong bonds with their patients because they spend months, sometimes years, treating a single person multiple times a week.