Growing up, our parents had grand visions for our future. They hoped we would grow up to be doctors or lawyers. My own mother even dreamed once that I would become an investigative reporter, traveling the world seeking the truth for my stories. Our parents often hoped we would find a job with an outrageous salary to support ourselves, and possibly their retirement. But above all, they wanted the best for us. And they still do, even if our career interests don’t lead down these wishful paths.
So, if being a doctor or lawyer is not in your future, what careers are hot today? Do your interests match up with any of these careers?
Each year, the U.S. News and World Report compiles a list of “best jobs” based on labor statistics and other data that indicate the types of careers likely to see consistent hiring over the next few years. Additionally, jobs expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., author of Best Jobs for the 21st Century, compiled a list of hot jobs for women. Listed below are some examples of hot careers in today’s market.
- Maintenance and Repair Worker
- Energy Managers/Engineers
- Registered Nurse
- Medical Assistant
- Physical Therapist
- Software Developer
- Database Administrator
- Web Developer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Computer Programmer
Additionally, there is much anticipated growth in business/office jobs and the education market.
Does your major align with any of these career paths? If so, it’s important to remember that while these career fields are hot, finding jobs in these areas could be competitive. So take the time now to fully prepare yourself for a rewarding career while you’re still in school. Enhance your knowledge with transferrable skills, gain some experience (even if you don’t have a summer internship), start building your network and learn how to write your resume using keywords. There are a lot of things you can do now to ensure you stand out from the crowd of candidates when it comes time to apply for your first job after college.
What if you’re undecided? Do any of these career paths interest you? Take the time to fully research each career – learn about the education requirements, research salaries in your area to ensure they’ll meet your needs and start researching companies that hire in the field you’ve chosen. If you’re undecided, knowledge is your greatest asset to help you choose a future career.
Once you’ve selected a career path, check out company web sites for information about the careers they offer. For example, here at Sodexo we provide lots of information about what it’s like to work at our company for candidates interested in Facilities Management and Information Technology, as just two examples. We list the various types of jobs we have in each area and provide information about career advancement at our company. Other companies provide similar information on their web sites, too. The more you learn about a career path, the easier it will be for you to design a path that leads you towards this goal.
Whether your future career is “hot” or not, finding a job that aligns with your personal interests, values and professional goals is important. You will find far greater satisfaction in a job that you enjoy than if you select a career solely based on the financial rewards. In my next post, I’ll provide some insight into some of the highest-paying jobs for those with a two-year degree. Happy career choosing!
Trish is a senior communications manager for Sodexo, a world leader in quality of daily life solutions that contribute to the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. As a member of the marketing and communications team for Sodexo’s Talent Acquisition department since 2010, Trish is an employment expert who aims to educate job candidates about the hiring process, networking opportunities and the culture of Sodexo. A graduate of Marist College (BA – Psychology) and the University of Southern Mississippi (MS – Public Relations), Trish has never been far from the classroom. As a former adjunct professor for the College of Charleston and professional advisor for the college’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, she enjoys helping students reach for their potential and guide them through the process of preparing for their future careers. A lover of technology and gadgets, cookies, chocolate and baking, Trish spends most of her free time raising two small children and competing with husband to obtain the most stamps in her National Parks Passport book. Feel free to connect with Trish or learn more about careers at Sodexo.