Are you looking for a job or thinking about changing careers? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent survey by CareerBuilder indicated that 21% of full-time employees plan to make a job change. This averages to one in five workers making a switch! In March, CareerBuilder also stated that more than half of all employers have open positions but can’t find qualified candidates, while 35% of employers said their organizations have had positions open for an average of 12 weeks before filling.
So, what’s the deal?
Training vs. Already Trained
Companies today are no longer seeing the value of on-the-job training for new employees like they once did, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. This is credited to employees changing jobs more frequently today than in the past. Instead of training employees themselves, companies are hiring for certain pre-existing skill sets and want employees to hit the ground running.
If education and experience are musts for landing the job you want, what industries are worth going to back to school for?
Future Top Industries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top occupations expected to experience growth between now and 2022 are:
- Healthcare Support (28.1%)
- Healthcare practitioners and Technical occupations (21.5%)
- Construction (21.4%)
- Personal care (20.9%)
- Computer and mathematics (18%)
To see the complete BLS report, click here.
Today’s Top Jobs
According to US News Best Jobs for 2014, the top 20 current jobs are:
- Software Developer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Nurse Practitioner
- Registered Nurse
- Physical Therapist
- Web Developer
- Dental Hygienist
- Information Systems Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Physician Assistant
- Occupational Therapist
- Market Research Analyst
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Civil Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
For a complete list, click here.
If you’re not satisfied with where you are professionally, there is still time to change and plenty of opportunities waiting. From traditional education to career technical education, your options are limitless. Seize the day!
How has your education impacted your career path? Share your story in the comments section below.
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