Working closely with other scientists and physicians biomedical engineers are responsible for bringing us many of the advanced medical procedures we have today. They employ their knowledge of engineering to do everything from building MRI machines to developing new drug delivery processes. There is no other job that comes even close to matching the expected growth in this industry. It is calculated that jobs will increase by 72%. This is largely due to an aging population and extremely high demand for new medical technologies.
Emergency Management Specialist
Although not as visible as the Police, Paramedics, and Firefighters, Emergency Management Specialists work behind the scenes to make disaster response a success. Many times they are employed by governments but colleges, hospitals, and non-profits are big employers as well. Ever since 9/11 the job outlook as been fairly good especially considering that companies are more willing to pay for emergency planning and related services.
The eye is a complicated structure and optometry is therefore a complicated profession. Doctors of Optometry treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders pertaining to vision and there are even many opportunities to specialize within this already specialized profession. The expected job outlook is very positive especially when you combine an aging population with new advances in eye surgery.
When most people think of museum curators they probably imagine a grumpy old lady enforcing that impossible to keep “do not touch” policy. You couldn’t really fall farther from the truth though. The job of a curator can be as varied as the exhibits they curate. Many time they are required to do field work and research on various artifacts to determine authenticity and find new items to display. They tend to be experts in a particular field and may even publish journal articles on their research. Of course, curators have to know how to deal with the public as well considering that they are essentially the face of the museum.
Hollywood misconceptions aside, the job of an actuary involves significant risk…calculating it to be exact. Many times actuaries work for insurance companies employing mathematics to determine the likelihood of various events and risk of particular investments. Job outlook is expected to continue growing especially as the expanding healthcare industry begins to require more statistical and financial manpower.
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Computer Systems Analyst
Computer Systems Analysts are the gurus behind the scenes who create and establish the computer systems that power businesses both large and small. With rapid advances in technology the demand for people in this profession is astronomical, especially with the advent of e-commerce and larger databases. Considering that only a bachelors degree is required for entry the potential payout is fairly lucrative hovering around $80,000.
As courtroom crazy as the world is becoming it flies in the face of logic to think that people would still submit their disputes to mediation, but the growth rate in this field remains above average. Many governments and corporations are seeing the value in mediation over litigation primarily because of the price tag…its significantly cheaper. The key in this industry is to gain experience in a niche and then eventually start your own firm.
As one of the fastest growing fields in the world nurses play a central and critical role in the health care system. Although there are many specialties and possible career paths a nurse can take, most nurses practice in physicians’ offices performing routine medical procedures such as checkups and shots. The outlook is tremendous and opportunity for advancement is high as well considering that many people move on to get masters degrees or become nurse practitioners.
If you are one of those rare breeds that enjoy decoding assembly instructions then this may be the job for you. Technical Writers take hard to understand concepts and translate them into simple terms. This can include anything from the manual to your TIVO to the instructions on how to put together your office chair. Many times people in this profession freelance and specialization in medical and scientific fields can be a huge plus.
This is certainly not a position for someone who can’t handle stress. Sales Managers are directly responsible for reaching the sales goals of the company and for finding a team to help reach that goal. This requires a broad skill set that combines numerical analysis with the ability to motivate others and establish solid client relationships. With great responsibility, however, comes great reward. The median earnings in this field hovered right around $100,000.
Network Architects, less commonly known as Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts, create and troubleshoot intranets for companies and governments. This job requires knowledge of both hardware and software and at times may require some manual labor when installing cables and other systems. As with any computer related field, the outlook for this profession is expected to be enormous and the payout quite nice as well.
Part designer, part diplomat, Urban Planners are faced with the task of not only creating beautiful parks and residential complexes but also convincing everyone to get on board with the idea. Sometimes, however, the job involves less public elements such as simply making sure that the water and electricity continue to function as the project unfolds. Most new jobs will be with the government but as the population continues to expand there will be increased demand for housing and public transportation systems.
As health professionals Physical Therapists interact with Physicians and other providers by helping patients with rehab and recovery. The primary employers tend to be clinics and hospitals, while some therapists start their own private practices. Job outlook and pay is good across the board but its seems to be especially bright in rural areas.
When most people think of pilot they immediately envision Boeing 767′s and trans-Atlantic overnighters. While this is true, most pilots work in a wide variety of other fields. Some are employed in the agricultural industry to dust crops while others help police and firefighters perform rescues. Jobs are expected to increase across the board, but with the recent layoffs in the the airline industry there may be a temporary spike in competition.
Within the financial services industry this is one of the more flexible career paths. Essentially it is whatever you make it. Many advisers do freelance work while other are employed by large financial services organizations. Specialization is usually key and many times you will find yourself competing with lawyers and accountants who are cross-certified. Although this profession is predicted to continue growing there is the possibility that more sophisticated and readily available online software could crowd out some jobs.
Although meteorologist is the more recognized term, atmospheric scientist would be more precise. There is a wide range of sub-specialties in this field and over time it has become insanely technical. The largest employer in this industry is the federal government but there is also the opportunity to work for news stations and other media outlets. These jobs, however, are much more competitive.
As a member of the clergy it is your duty to perform a wide variety of tasks that include everything from officiating weddings to giving eulogies at funerals. Like firefighters, soldiers, and health professionals, you tend to see both the best and the worst of life. Job stress can be significant but it largely depends on the congregation, if there is one. Education is usually preferred and most members of the clergy have at least a masters degree.
Certified athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to help patients and clients optimize their level of activity. Their specialties include preventing, diagnosing, and intervening in acute and chronic medical situations. Typically athletic trainers are employed in hospitals, schools, fitness centers, and clinics.
Multimedia Artists are the people who brings our imaginations to life. They design everything from websites to entire universes and are employed by everyone from Hollywood down to independent design agencies. With the best job outlook in the art profession, the competition will be steep. Many work as freelancers and pay is extremely variable.
This is a job that requires passion. Specifically, passion for numbers. Most work in this field is performed by public accountants or CPA’s. This usually involves doing taxes and record keeping for a myriad of clients. Others, however, are involved with managerial accounting and are employed by large corporations. The pay is good but the best place to be if you are considering a job in this field is the northeast…they make the most.
Within this field there are many sub-fields, given the diversity of infrastructure. You might work on anything from buildings and roads to airports and powerplants. Considering the necessity of these structures, this job tends to be stable and offers a solid $70,000 paycheck.
With advances in sprinkler systems and building materials, there are significantly less fires today than 50 years ago. This means that firefighters spend a lot of time responding to other emergencies such as medical calls and chemical exposures. Because of this there is a lot more training involved for those that want to work in this field. The glamorous hero part of the job aside, it is very stressful and can take its toll the body, but the pay is stable, considering that it is a government job. For anyone considering this route, heavy competition lies ahead.
In a global economy translation services are becoming ever more critical on everything from manuals to official government documents. And while translators deal with the written word, interpreters are involved with the spoken word. Employed by large multinationals such as the UN, these jobs are critical to diplomacy and business. Many times people in this field specialize in a certain area such as legal or medical translation. Languages currently in demand include Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Farsi, French, Italian, and German. Although people working in this field can’t expect to make as much as some other professions on our list, it certainly has its advantages, especially the whole work-from-home aspect.
Financial Analysts are the people that banks hire to, surprise…analyze finances, particularly the finances of companies or assets the bank might be interested in. Generally speaking, rookie FA’s can expect to devote a lot of time to this profession, working long hours and finding the need to prove themselves. The upside, however, is one of the biggest paychecks you can get straight out of college. It hovers somewhere around $80,000. In order to become a financial analyst you usually only need a four year degree from a good school in some sort of analytical field. Not even this is totally necessary though as the banks put you through their rigorous training programs and teach you everything you need to know from day one.
Since the 1960′s physician assistants have played a crucial role in healthcare, performing many of the same tasks as physicians and helping to offset the shortage of advanced healthcare providers in the United States. Although PA’s technically work under the supervision of physicians many times the doctor is only around a couple days out of the week and sometimes, especially in rural areas or overseas, the PA operates alone with a doctor “supervising” remotely from far away. The main reason this job tops our list, however, is that to be a practicing PA you only require 2 years of graduate school as compared to roughly 8 years to be a physician. Whats more, you get to do everything a doctor does except put MD after your name. And even job mobility is better for PA’s than MD’s. Want to switch from Emergency Medicine to Geriatrics? If you were a doctor you’d have to go back to residency and more schooling but since you’re a PA, you just have to find someone willing to hire you. Which not even that should be a problem because demand for this profession ishigh, and although you might be earning a little less than your physician counterparts, you’re still in the 6 figure range so its certainly not a bad deal.