Knowing what you want to do with your career is one thing, but knowing what jobs are in high demand is quite another. As is true with job markets over the ages, different skills and roles have come into the forefront as more sought after by employers than others. There is an ebb and flow as time goes by that influences what employers are looking for from their new hires, and understanding what roles employers are likely to be hiring for will help you focus your training and educational efforts to position yourself better to find a job you love.
Here is a look at the top jobs in high demand in the summer of 2018.
Top Job #1
Market Research Analyst
Data drives business decisions today, and it affects how companies create and sell products. Without that data, companies would be just taking a shot in the dark in what they provide the world. The smart companies in almost every industry are obsessed with market and customer data right now, and how they can use that to give themselves an edge. Market research analysts are how they take raw data and analyze it to understand customers, predict trends, determine what pricing should be, and provide valuable feedback from the marketplace. In fact, the demand for market research analysts is expected to grow by almost 20% by 2022, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To be competitive in this job market and land a market research analyst job, obviously you’ll need an educational background in marketing or economics (at least a bachelor’s degree to get you started). You’ll need strong math and analytical skills for this job. But if you have what it takes, analysts earn more than $60k on average.
Top job #2
Computer Software Engineer
Computer engineers have been one of the top-ranked professions for several years now and it’s not hard to see why. In fact, this field is projected to continue growing well through 2018. As more companies go digital and both startups and enterprise companies are looking for creative, innovative developers and software engineers to design and refine computer programs to help them grow their business, software engineers will continue to be at the top of the market. It takes a serious educational investment to prepare yourself for such a career, however. You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science along with the strong programming skills you’ll need to do your job. But once you’re able to do the work, the work will likely keep coming. The demand for software engineers is expected to grow more than 17% by 2022, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—much faster than average. And once you have the degree and the skills, you can count on a median salary of $102,280 per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Top Job #3
Biomedical engineering is the meetup point of two very hot industries today, those being the healthcare and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) industries. Biomedical engineers develop equipment, devices, software, and computer systems used in medical facilities, and as an aging population needs increasing medical support, this market is projected to grow fast and furious. The demand for biomedical engineers is expected to grow by a huge 23% by 2022, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And those in this procession are able to earn a median salary of $85,000 with at least a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering.
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