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This is good news for frustrated college grads and young professionals you might know who are trying to crack the job market: A road map of the fastest and largest growing occupations, courtesy of your Uncle Sam. More good news: There are jobs beyond the healthcare field.
The Department of Labor’s 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment needs, employment possibilities, and ways to help people find what they need to know to take advantage of the opportunity.
The DOL’s top 13 occupations, along with the (projected) Growth Rate from 2010-2020, and the 2010 median annual pay:
- Personal care aides, 70%, $19,640
- Home health aides, 69%, 20,560
- Biomedical engineers, 62%, $81,540
- Helpers/masons, tile and marble setters, 60%, $27,780
- Helpers/carpenters, 56%, $25,760
- Veterinary techs, 52%, $29,710
- Reinforcing iron and rebar workers, 49%, $38,430
- Physical therapist assistants, 46%, $49,690
- Helpers/pipe layers, plumbers, fitters, 45%, $26,740
- Meeting, convention, event planner, 44%, $45,260
- Diagnostic medical sonographers, 44%, $64,380
- Occupational therapy assistants, 45%, $51,010
- Physical therapist aides, 43%, $23,680
Many of the more lucrative jobs over the next decade require an advanced degree, of course. But there are also growing opportunities in a number of professions where an associate degree will open doors.
The feds might be blowing their own horn a bit, but they have assembled a road map for people to acquire the skills necessary to be hired for the better professions.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program (with its clunky acronym, TAACCCT) gives money to community colleges to help develop tomorrow’s employees.
The goal is to establish training opportunities that lead to “real jobs,” in the Labor Department’s words.