High Growth Careers in 2016

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What’s your resolution for 2016?

With a new year right around the corner, you may be considering starting or switching to a new career. But if you want to make a smart move, look before you leap! Choose a career or job that offers the stability, growth and long-term opportunity you need.

What are the fastest-growing careers in 2016? PrideStaff has done the legwork for you. Using a variety of sources, we’ve compiled this list of hot careers – and the skills, training, education and experience you need to land them:

Healthcare and Allied Health. As our population ages and technology improves, opportunities for skilled healthcare professionals will continue to increase. The most in-demand job titles include:

  • Physician assistants
  • Physical therapists and therapy assistants
  • Registered nurses
  • Home health/personal care aides
  • Dental assistants and hygienists
  • Mental health counselors

Some healthcare positions require fewer than four years of college, but experience, licensing and relevant certifications are extremely important to ensuring your marketability.

Information Technology. Technology is the backbone of the modern business world. As the demand for faster networks, more robust applications and more insightful business intelligence increases, so will the opportunities in the information technology field. Hot jobs for 2016 include:

  • Network systems and data communications analysts
  • Computer applications software engineers
  • Systems software engineers
  • Database administrators
  • Computer systems analysts

Support positions make great entry-level opportunities, but most in-demand IT positions require college degrees and current certifications.

Accounting and Finance. Changing financial regulations and laws, coupled with increased governmental oversight, make career prospects bright in the accounting and finance fields. The best prospects include:

  • Financial Analysts
  • Personal financial advisors
  • Senior accountants

Today’s hiring managers want people with compliance backgrounds who understand complex government regulations. An MBA, CPA or other certifications/licenses which indicate a higher level of training are desirable.

Light Industrial and Skilled Trades. Critical skills shortages have dramatically improved job prospects for skilled tradesmen. Some of the hottest job titles include:

  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters and welders
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics and operators
  • Laborers (including freight, stock and material movers)

While the technical requirements for each job vary dramatically, employers seek team players with solid math, communication and engineering skills, as well as advanced vocational training.

Administrative and Office Support. Though growing at a slower pace than other fields, the sheer number of administrative jobs in our economy ensures plentiful opportunities for years to come. Today’s employers are hiring:

  • Executive and administrative assistants
  • Customer service, call center and revenue collection specialists
  • Receptionists
  • Office clerks

Most positions in this field do not require a college education, but hiring managers seek detail-oriented, professional candidates with solid computer and communication skills.

Starting a new career in 2016?

If you want to find a better job, broaden your skills, explore a different career or gain valuable work experience, PrideStaff can help you achieve your career goals in 2016. Contact a recruiter in your area or search hot jobs here.