Finding a Job in 2011

I’ll find something is not an adequate career plan for 2011.” – Occupational Expert, Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D.

In the November MSN Careers with Careerbuilder.com article, “Hot fields for hiring in 2011,” Dr. Shatkin explains that “jobs are not expected to be plentiful in 2011,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean the future is bleak for the unemployed and underemployed. Job seekers are urged to focus on a specific goal and develop a strategy to “take advantage of the opportunities that 2011 does have to offer.”

The accelerating change in the modern business model is a direct result of globalization and technology – this means careers come and go, as do businesses and industries. That said, Shatkin recommends a career strategy focusing on fast-growing fields, where jobs may not only be plentiful, but growing and evolving.

According to Dr. Shatkin and the Labor Department, the following fields are projected to grow fastest through 2018: (click on career listings for related American Sentinel University online degree programs)

1. Management, scientific and technical consulting services
Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; industrial engineers; financial analysts; customer service representatives; and public relations specialists.

2. Computer systems design and related services
Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; network and computer systems administrators; accountants and auditors; computer software engineers, systems software; and computer support specialists.

3. Social assistance (except child day care)
Hottest jobs in this field: medical and public health social workers; special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school; first-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers; occupational therapists; and social and human service assistants.

4. Software publishers
Hottest jobs in this field: network and computer systems administrators; computer systems analysts; computer support specialists; market research analysts; and customer service representatives.

5. Scientific research and development services
Hottest jobs in this field: biomedical engineers; network systems and data communications analysts; biochemists and biophysicists; medical scientists, except epidemiologists; and compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety and transportation.

6. Healthcare
Hottest jobs in this field: nurses;  nursing leadership; physician assistants; physical therapist aides; speech-language pathologists; physical therapist assistants; and physical therapists.

7. Employment services
Hottest jobs in this field: accountants and auditors; customer service representatives; construction laborers; computer software engineers, systems software; and computer software engineers – applications.

8. Construction
Hottest jobs in this field: heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers; septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners; telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers; purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail and farm products; and cost estimators.

9. Child day care services
Hottest jobs in this field: preschool and kindergarten teachers; special education teachers for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school; office clerks, general; and first-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers.

10. Advocacy, grant making and civic organizations
Hottest jobs in this field: network systems and data communications analysts; compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety and transportation; compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists; market research analysts; and customer service representatives.

11. Educational services
Hottest jobs in this field: nurse educators; network systems and data communications analysts; self-enrichment education teachers; customer service representatives; loan counselors; and medical scientists, except epidemiologists.

Although these fields are predicted lucrative, Dr. Shatkin recommends not limiting the search to only these industries. Also, rather than viewing professional and personal qualifications as a job description, consider them a portfolio of constantly evolving knowledge, skills, experience and value-creating capabilities.

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