The US economy is in a bad place; it has been for the last couple of years. Cutbacks, outsourcing, and downsizing have become the order of the day. However, there is a section of the job market that seems to keep growing despite the exacerbating state of the economy. If you are just joining college or have been a victim of job layoffs and are looking for a career change, the following list of America’s fastest-growing occupations from the U.S. Bureau of Labour and Statistics may be of interest to you. Take a look:
25. Exercise Physiologists and Athletic Trainers
Exercise physiologists specialize in developing exercise and fitness programs to improve flexibility, body composition, and cardiovascular health. The goal is to help patients recover from chronic illnesses. Athletic trainers help prevent, diagnose and treat muscle and bone injuries.
24. Civil Engineers
A career in civil engineering involves designing, construction, and maintenance of highways, airports, bridges, flyovers, buildings, and other public large scale projects.
23. Dietitians and Nutritionists
Nutritionists and dietitians work in conjunction with health care professionals to help individuals make wise diet choices and improve their health. They provide food advice based on the health of their clients.
22. Computer System Analysts
Computer system analysts examine a company’s computer systems and processes and devise ways to make the organization more efficient by bringing together information technology and business.
21. Cost Estimators
Cost estimation is the process of collecting and analyzing data to provide an estimate the amount of time, money, labor, and materials required to create a product or provide a service. Professional who perform these tasks for an organization are referred to as cost estimators.
20. Biomedical Engineers
These are professionals who use technical knowledge to provide solutions to clinical problems. No certification is required to become a biomedical engineer, just a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Actuaries use advanced statistical models to predict risks and uncertainties. Most actuaries end up in insurance companies where they formulate policies and determine premiums to be paid.
18. Marriage and Family Therapists
Therapists help people overcome emotional hurdles and mental disorders. Marriage and family therapists help couples and family members overcome problems in their relationships.
17. Medical Equipment Repairers
Biomedical equipment technicians (BMET), also known as medical equipment repairers are professionals who fix a wide range of medical equipment in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and laboratories.
16. Nurse Practitioners
Nurse practitioners are medical professionals who focus on prescribing medication, interpretation and administration of diagnostic tests, and disease prevention. They also perform diagnosis and provide treatment on acute, episodic, and acute ailments.
15. Market Research Analysts
Market research analysts use a variety of data collection methods to gather information revolving around customer needs, preferences, buying habits, and demographics to help companies market their products or services.
14. Meeting and Event Planners
Meeting and event planners manage all the details of an event from start to finish. These professionals will coordinate everything from venues, transport, and lodging services for their clients.
13. Dental Hygienists
Dental hygienists help their clients improve their oral health by cleaning their teeth and examining them for symptoms of oral diseases such as gingivitis. The extent of oral care provided by dental hygienists will vary from state to state.
Audiologists are professionals who help determine the extent of a patient’s hearing problem and the underlying causes of the problem. They use devices such as computers and audiometers to test the patient’s hearing ability.
11. Prosthetists and Orthotists
Orthotists and Prosthetists design and construct prosthetics devices such as braces and artificial limbs for medical purposes.
10. Physical Therapists
These professionals help patients recovering from accidents or chronic illnesses as well as back and neck injuries manage their pain and improve mobility.
9. Information Security Analysts
Information security analysts set up security measures to help companies protect their computer systems from malicious attacks. Information security analysts work closely with a company’s IT department.
8. Physician Assistants
Physician assistants work under the supervision of a doctor in practice and pretty much whatever they are instructed to do. Their activities largely depend on the type of practices they specialize in.
7. Skincare Specialists
Skin care specialists work to improve the appearance of the client’s skin by providing head and neck massages, full body treatments, and facials.
6. Physical Therapist Assistants
Physical therapy assistants work under the supervision of physical therapists in helping patients recover from injuries and regain mobility.
5. Genetic Counsellors
These professionals use genetics to establish the likelihood of a baby being born with hereditary disorders or developing chronic diseases as an adult. This information is shared with the families as well as medical professionals.
4. Occupational Therapy Assistants
Occupational therapy assistants help people with different types of disabilities learn skills that can help them in their day-to-day lives.
3. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Diagnostic medical sonographers specialize in the creation of images of body tissue and organs (ultrasounds) for medical purposes.
2. Translators and Interpreters
Translators and interpreters enable communication between people who speak different languages. Translators are associated with written communication while interpreters deal with word of mouth communication. Most professionals do both.
1. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
These are professionals that carry out training sessions, carry out screening, and plan policies to boost morale and improve the productivity of employees in an organization.