A forecast of jobs most in demand over the next 10 years

On the Job

December 19, 2007|By HANAH CHO

Looking for a new career?

Check out the government's new projections showing the hottest and fastest-growing jobs for the next 10 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this month released its estimates, updated every two years, to provide a guide if you're making education choices, entering the job market or switching careers.

The list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations for 2006-2016 isn't all that surprising. Many center on computer technology as well as health care - both fields that have been in demand for the past several years.

On the tech front, network systems and data communications analysts top the list, followed by computer software engineers for applications (No. 4), computer systems analysts (No. 23) and engineers for systems software (No. 25).

Reflecting the aging population and shortage of health care professionals, demand for personal and home care aides (No. 2) will be high, as well as for medical assistants (No. 8), physical therapist assistants (No. 15) and pharmacy technicians (No. 16).

Another source of job growth comes from our needs for help, advice and self-improvement.

Who doesn't need a personal financial adviser (No. 6)?

On a more serious note, there are mental health and substance abuse social workers (No. 20) and marriage and family therapists (No. 21).

Occupations that appeal to our vanity include skin care specialists (No. 11) and manicurists and pedicurists (No. 28).

Check out the full list at http:--www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t06.htm.

Workplace tidbit: The New Year is almost upon us and that means champagne, watching the ball drop in New York's Times Square and, of course, resolutions.

Staffing firm Adecco, which conducts an annual survey on career resolutions, said the top three for 2008 are:

1. Develop a better work/life balance

2. Get a raise

3. Be more productive

The 2,054 workers polled for the survey also listed two resolutions for their managers: Give better feedback and be more responsive.

What's your career New Year's resolution?

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