Employment has been a touchy subject for a few years now. The economic crisis has put quite a damper on anyone who had their heart set on a specific career. There are people working as a cashier while holding two masters degrees. I wish someone would have told me in college that journalism was a dying industry and where else I should look for a more promising set of skills. So for those students who are still in school and possibly undecided on which major to focus on, here are a few of the future industries that are slated to provide the most employment opportunities.
Consulting Jobs—Management Consultants, Healthcare Consultants
We are all looking for ways to cut down the budget, including major corporate companies. One of the best ways to do this is by outsourcing projects. This is why consultants are expected to be in incredibly high demand in the near to distant future. Companies do not have to provide benefits or pay healthcare costs for consultants. The consulting industry is expected to see double digit growth over the next decade, so consider it for a job. Management and healthcare consultants will see job growth of 24%, making this one of the most lucrative industries for job seekers to get into.
Business Services Jobs—Environment Health Specialist, Construction Estimator
Service jobs are still the lifeblood of the United States economy, accounting for more than 70 percent of all jobs. Environmental health and safety specialists are expected to be big beneficiaries of this trend. Median pay is expected to be a healthy $71,000 per year making it one of the best jobs for the future. Estimators are important to customers because they help to determine whether a project will make money for a firm or become a money loser.
Education Arena—College Professors, Elementary School Teachers, High School Teachers
This might surprise a lot of people as schools were once struggling to stay afloat and teachers were normally getting the ax to cut costs. However, class size laws and a growing population have brought teacher want ads back to the papers. A bad economy means increased enrollment in colleges and universities. As students return to school, there is an increased need for college professors. Elementary, middle, and high school teachers make an average of $50,200 annually and future job growth is 18 percent. Teaching at the collegiate level normally requires a graduate degree in a related field.
Financial Services—Accountants, Actuaries, Financial Advisers
Are you good with numbers? You could find a rewarding career in the financial services industry for a promising future career. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) make an average of $74,200 and 10-year job growth is expected to be 18 percent. As more companies are doing away with pension plans, employees will need help with retirement planning. All major finance-related fields typically require an undergraduate business degree but may land you one of the best jobs for the future.