The Top 30 Fastest Growing Careers

March 5, 2010

In the last article, Good news for workers over 50: Demographics are in your favor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there will be plenty of quality jobs in the next 8 years. This report highlights the top 30 fastest growing careers over that same time period.

Here’s the list:

1. Biomedical engineers
2. Network systems and data communications analysts
3. Home health aides
4. Personal and home care aides
5. Financial examiners
6. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists
7. Physician assistants
8. Skin care specialists
9. Biochemists and biophysicists
10. Athletic trainers
11. Physical therapist aides
12. Dental hygienists
13. Veterinary technologists and technicians
14. Dental assistants
15. Computer software engineers, applications
16. Medical assistants
17. Physical therapist assistants
18. Veterinarians
19. Self-enrichment education teachers
20. Compliance officers
21. Occupational therapist aides
22. Environmental engineers
23. Pharmacy technicians
24. Computer software engineers, systems software
25. Survey researchers
26. Physical therapists
27. Personal financial advisors
28. Environmental engineering technicians
29. Occupational therapist assistants
30. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

As you can see, these are not WalMart greeter positions. Most require a bachelor’s degree and some require masters and doctoral degrees. For those looking for their next career chapter, here are the areas where there will be a high demand for these jobs over the next 8 years. College students take note also – while jobs are scarce right now, the demand will come back quickly for these professions.

What are you doing to sharpen your skills and take advantage of the next job recovery?

By the way, you can see my columns on career coaching and transitions at SF Examiner.com.

JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. specializing in career transitions. He is also a career and financial coach, a freelance writer on career coaching with SF Examiner.com, and has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations.
JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.

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Laid Off – The End or the Beginning?

February 8, 2010

If you saw the movie “Up in the Air” with George Clooney, there is a scene where actual non-actors describe what it was like being fired or laid off. I was very moved by the pain and sense of loss they experienced and it brought back very painful memories for me.

So now I spend a lot of time helping others in this situation, and I see many who are in the same position as those in the movie. There is another scene in the movie where he talks about the people who changed the world who were sitting in their seat just like them at some previous time (I’m not describing this very well if you didn’t see the movie, but stay with me.)

The point is that many of us get complacent in our jobs and stop trying to be the best we can and – well, it takes getting laid off or fired to take action and follow our dreams. Not everyone can find the courage to do that – especially when your income has just been cut off.
But for those who dare, the rewards can be unimaginable. Even if you fail – and you probably will – you’ll learn from it, get up and try again. Sooner or later you’ll succeed and wonder why you didn’t do this 20 years ago.

So here’s a very inspirational trailer I found on Seth Godin’s blog. It’s to an upcoming movie called Lemonade.

If you want some motivational incentive, just watch the trailer and then comment back to me.

By the way, you can see my columns on career coaching and transitions at SF Examiner.com.

JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. specializing in career transitions. He is also a career and financial coach, a freelance writer on career coaching with SF Examiner.com, and has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations.
JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.

Check out his LinkedIn profile http://www.linkedin.com/in/jpmcdermott
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Tired of Working for Someone Else? Here’s an East SF Bay Course for Entrepreneurs

January 29, 2010

Not everyone is ready to jump back on the hamster wheel of another corporate job, subject to the whims of the economy, a bad boss or unfulfilling work. There are many resources available in the East Bay for the job seeker, but what if you’ve reached the point that you no longer want to work for someone else and are ready to make the leap to working for yourself?

Steve Goveia, a CPA at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. has put together an 8 week course covering the major aspects of starting your own business. Together with Greg Vervais of Vervais & Associates, they have delivered the course over the past year resulting in the creation of 45 new businesses.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small business — firms with fewer than 500 employees — drives the U.S. economy by providing jobs for over half of the nation’s private workforce. Small businesses are also the top job creators right now, as the large corporations are still mainly on the sidelines with regards to hiring. So 45 new companies in the East Bay have the potential to add more employees and help fuel more economic recovery.

The course covers the main elements of starting a business – from having the passion for an idea all the way through funding and getting started.

For more information on the class, contact Steve at sgoveia@groco.com.

By the way, you can see my columns on career coaching and transitions at SF Examiner.com.

JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. specializing in career transitions. He is also a career and financial coach, a freelance writer on career coaching with SF Examiner.com, and has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations.
JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.

Check out his LinkedIn profile http://www.linkedin.com/in/jpmcdermott
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