Career Development

Projections Place Hiring Emphasis on Health, Science, and Social Services

This is a Guest Post from: Annie Davis, a writer for

The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of employment figures across the United States. Based on the data collected, the agency commonly releases projections for future growth and hiring in particular industries, as well as likely downsizing and elimination of positions. The growing technological wave that is overtaking even the most seemingly human-necessary of tasks and the drastically restructured economy has resulted in a clear-cut indicator of hiring for the next seven years. Without a doubt, certain fields are unlikely to see much employment expansion, while others are expected to grow at rates that surpass the time projected. Those who are serious about pursuing a profession with a future ought to take these findings seriously:

Finance, Free Market – Forget About It

According to the BLS, the finance and small business industries are expected to only see five-percent growth in employment in the next several years. This is relatively pretty good, but the number of prospective business professionals and financial experts far outweigh the number of positions that are likely to become available. If you’re only half-serious about a caretaker in self-driven enterprise, management, or finance, then don’t bother, because there’s sure to be enough passionate individuals to fill up all the available space.

Healthcare is Here to Stay

Despite what you might be thinking, there are far more options in the healthcare industry besides medical billing and coding. According to the BLS, over one-quarter of new jobs in the United States over the next several years are going to be in the healthcare and social services industries. This is mainly a result of the enormous number of people heading into old age as we approach the middle of the 21st century. Added to increased life expectancy, the market for medical care is not going to run out.

It’s Science

The most hiring expected is to come out of the professional, scientific, and technical services sectors – with nearly 3 million jobs projected to be added to these industries through to the next decade. This includes computer science, mathematics, logistics, analysis, and research. The aforementioned tech boom, which is expected to make many careers obsolete, will at the same time cause many new careers to be created in the process. Professions tied to cutting edge technology are likely to be the most secure of 21st century careers.

Unless you’ve been told you’re the next business prodigy or are completely passionate about a particular non-technical field, get serious about considering healthcare and/or technologically saturated fields to become an expert in. It’s in these areas that you’re most likely to find employment in a world where work is becoming harder to find each and everyday.


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