Both health-care and green energy are in the early 21st century news, being two of the fastest growing industries in the nation. So, it stands to reason that a lot of people try to find an occupation in these fields. You go where the jobs are, right? But not all in-demand jobs get a lot of play -- as far as the media goes. Many just sit under the radar, waiting to be filled.
Computer Systems Analyst
Topping many lists of in-demand jobs is the computer systems analyst. This IT professional acts as a consultant of sorts, making recommendations on new technologies to help businesses operate more efficiently. A bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field is usually all that’s necessary to land an entry-level job -- a relatively short commitment when compared to your earning potential. As of 2011, the average computer systems analyst earned just over $82,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Market Research Analyst
"Forbes" places the market research analyst as one of the top in-demand jobs for 2013, estimating a 10 percent growth from 2010 to 2012. This marketing professional uses market trends, consumer behavior and other statistical data to predict the sales of products and services. Many market research analysts enter the field with a bachelor’s degree in market research, but statistics, marketing and business administration are also good backgrounds. In 2011, the average salary was $67,130 a year, according to the BLS. The BLS says the number of these jobs will grow by 41 percent by 2020.
Human Resources Specialist
An eye for talent could lead to a career in human resources as an HR specialist. In this role, you'll handle anything from employee relations to candidate referrals to payroll and benefits. Though requirements vary by employer, most are looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business or a related field. Recruiting, interviewing and training new employees could bring you $58,890 a year -- the average income of an HR specialist in 2011, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent of earners, however, made in excess of $94,700 annually. The BLS predicts that the number of these jobs will grow by 21 percent by 2020.
If you are interested in sports medicine, you may want to consider becoming an athletic trainer -- a career that’s expected to grow by 37 percent through 2018, according to "The New York Times." An athletic trainer is different from a personal trainer, as she helps diagnose, treat and prevent injuries in schools or professional sports settings. Most athletic trainers enter the field with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, but a master’s degree will improve your job prospects. In 2011, athletic trainers earned an average of $44,640 a year.
Don’t let the title “biomedical engineer” scare you off. This in-demand job only requires a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering to step into the lab -- though some employers may require a master's. Once there, you have the chance to design anything from artificial organs and diagnostic tools to drug tests and electrical circuits, depending on your employer. As of 2011, biomedical engineers averaged over $88,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Forbes: The Top Jobs for 2013
- The New York Times: The Top 10 List – Where the Jobs Are
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook – Computer Systems Analysts
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer Systems Analysts
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook – Market Research Analysts
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook – Human Resources Specialist
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook – Athletic Trainers
Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.