This week, U.S. News and Careers posted their 50 Best Careers of 2011 on their website listing top careers [thankfully PR was on there!]
Today on #careerchat, we talked to @USNewsCareers today about what made the list and why, what got cut and what got added to the list.
Favorite quote by @DavidGaspin: I guess if they changed too much year to year they'd be great jobs, not careers.
New to 50 Best Careers list:
- Athletic trainer – http://bit.ly/h0jFnL. Outranks nearly all other healthcare occupations for expected job growth.
- Interpreter/Translator – http://bit.ly/gYiohJ. High demand because of global economy.
- Sales manager – http://bit.ly/gF2o9f. This job is recovering along with the economy.
- Massage therapist
- Computer support specialist
- Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technician
- Education administrator - For example, a high school principal. Ranks high for job satisfaction.
Careers cut from list:
- loan officer
- funeral director
- cost estimator
- landscape architect
- security system installer
- market research analyst
Skills you need:
- many hiring managers said “people skills” are super important
- communication skills
- being business savvy was also cited as helpful.
- web development
- positive and forward thinking attitude
- Strong speaking skills + strong work ethic most sought in #jobseekers by employers per NACE study http://on.wsj.com/grThmX (via @Careerbright)
- Flexibility/Adaptability (via @SelenaDehne)
- conflict resolution (via @KCDEE5)
- professionalism, attire (via @bizMebizgal)
- the average expected growth for all jobs is about 10 %
- Labor Dept. also expects huge growth for network architects +52 %
- Biomedical engineer is at top for percent growth, 72%. http://bit.ly/hmEe2N
- Healthcare jobs http://bit.ly/hERks2 Dental hygienist = 36%, physician assistant = +39%.
- Athletic Trainer, high expected growth, +37%
- Leisure & Hospitality (+12%)
- Professional & Business Services (+11%)
- Information (+10%)
- Heating, AC & refrigeration technician + 28%.