I’m all about scoping out the competition and getting the lay of the land before doing anything. Maybe it’s the scout in me. I want to know what’s in front of me.
They say a cat will never jump over a fence if the cat can’t see what’s on the other side. Call me a “cat.” I think that’s pretty smart.
Here’s the lay the land according to the Wall St. Journal:
U.S. workers can expect to see 55 million new and existing job openings over the course of this decade. Will you have the right stuff to snag one of them?
Summer is over and Americans are returning to work, so job-hunting season is shifting into high gear. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 million baby boomers will have hit age 65 by mid-2020, meaning many will retire in the next few years.
With unemployment at historically high levels, it’s critical to know which industries and occupations will be in demand in the future. Here’s a look at the industries expected to generate the most job growth in the next seven years:
Look at that statement that I boldfaced and highlighted in red, it’s all about getting to know the lay of the land. Where do you need to go….
Now among that list Daniel Lippman goes over, there might not be one for you. That’s okay. Do what Richard Bolles (What Color Is Your Parachute) suggests and conduct your own 6 degrees of separation from your job skills and what you have been doing to what the hottest job sectors are.
And while you’re at it, check out CNNMoney’s list of Best Jobs in America:
Median pay: $79,500
Top pay: $124,000
10-year job growth: 61.7%
Total jobs*: 15,700What they do all day?Science fiction is a little less fictional in the day-to-day work of biomedical engineers, who design prosthetic limbs and artificial organs or regenerate tissue. They also create drug formulations, develop pharmaceuticals or collect and analyze biological data, among other work. In this field lies the intersection of biology and engineering skills, which helps crack tough problems in medicine and health.
How to get the job?A bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. in biological engineering will get prospects in the door, but engineers with more traditional degrees — such as electrical, mechanical and chemical — are also a good fit.
What makes it great?Not only is it one of the highest-paid engineering jobs, it’s a career that gives back to society by helping to improve world health. It’s also highly flexible, with positions in universities, hospitals, labs, industry and regulatory agencies.
What’s the catch?Rapid technological changes mean engineers have to work hard to stay abreast of new developments — so this isn’t the field for those looking to coast through their careers.–Kate Ashford
Where the hottest job growth is coming from!
The best jobs in America!
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