Top Jobs for 2008

What are the 10 top jobs of 2008? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs under the "service" and "professional" categories will have the fastest growth in terms of employment. This is great news if you’re looking for a job in the service- or professional-oriented fields. Below are the 10 top jobs of 2008.

1. Network systems and data communications analysts. There were about 262,000 network systems and data communications analysts in 2006 and it is expected to reach 402,000 by 2016. The 53.4% growth rate makes this job the fastest growing job in the United States. This job requires a bachelor’s degree and salary range is $46,360 or more

2. Personal and home care aides. There were around 767,000 personal and home care aides in the country in 2006 and the figure is projected to reach 1,156,000 in the next 10 years. This is the second fastest growing job in the United States, with a growth rate of 50.6%. You have to undergo on-the-job training to be accepted in this job that offers a salary of less than $21,220.

3. Home health aides. The home health sector employed approximately 787,000 home health aides in 2006. The BLS expects this number to increase by 48.7% in the next 10 years (1,171,000 home health aides in 2016). This makes this job the third fastest growing job in the country. It offers a salary of not more than $21,220, similar to the amount personal and home care aides receive. This job also requires on-the-job training.

4. Computer software engineers. Computer software engineering (applications) is the fourth fastest growing sector in the United States in terms of employment. Estimates show that there were about 507,000 computer software engineers in the country in 2006. The number is predicted to balloon to 733,000 in 2016. This means a percentage growth of 44.6%. Computer software engineers are paid $46,360 or more. You need to have a bachelor’s degree related to software engineering to get into the job.

5. Veterinary technicians and technologists. There were around 71,000 veterinary technicians and technologists in the United States 2006 and the figure is projected to reach 100,000 in the next 10 years. This is the fifth fastest growing job in the country, with a growth rate of 41%. You need to have an associate degree to be accepted in this job that offers a salary that ranges from $21,260 to $30,560.

6. Personal financial advisers. The personal finance consultancy industry employed approximately 176,000 personal financial advisers in 2006. The BLS expects this figure to increase by 41% in the next 10 years (or about 248,000 personal financial advisers in 2016). This job provides a salary of $46,360 or more. This job also requires a bachelor’s degree related to finance.

7. Makeup artists. There were about 2,000 makeup artists working in theatrical shows and other performances in the United States in 2006 and it is expected to reach 3,000 by 2016. The 39.8% growth rate makes this job the seventh fastest growing job in the country. This job, which pays between $30,630 and $46,300, requires at least postsecondary vocational award.

8. Medical assistants. Medical assistance is the eighth fastest growing sector in the United States in terms of employment. Estimates show that there were about 417,000 medical assistants in the country in 2006. The number is predicted to increase to 565,000 in 2016. This means a percentage growth of 35.4%. Computer software engineers are paid $21,260 – $30,560. You need a moderate on-the-job training to get into the job.

9. Veterinarians. There were about 62,000 veterinarians in the country in 2006 and the number is projected to reach 84,000 in the next 10 years. This is the ninth fastest growing job in the United States, with a growth rate of 35%. You need to have a first professional degree to get into this job that offers a salary of $46,360 or more.

10. Behavioral disorder and substance abuse counselors. This sector employed approximately 83,000 counselors in 2006. The BLS expects this number to increase by 34.3% in the next 10 years (112,000 home health aides in 2016). This job rounds up the ten fastest growing jobs in the United States. It offers a salary of between $30,630 and $46,300 and requires applicants to have at least a bachelor’s degree.

 
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