2013 is off to a very positive start. In the last few months we’ve seen an increase in new job openings in familiar industries and some exciting re-emerging industries ramping up again. If you’re seeking work or considering making a change this year you’re not alone.
In fact, one in three employees will be looking for a new gig in 2013. These workers may be on to something, seeing as 26% of hiring managers are looking to employ full-time employees this year, which is up three percentage points from 2012. More employers are also looking to add temp or contract workers, and according to CareerBuilder, nearly half are planning to transition these workers to full-time status this year.
If you’re considering a job search in your current field or a related industry (or thinking about forging a totally new path), there are four hot fields right now that should be on your career radar . . .
1. Energy: Oil & Gas, Solar, Mining, Transportation
The energy industry offers a wealth of opportunity for job seekers. In fact, the solar industry has experienced a 13.2% employment growth rate over the last twelve months, compared to a 2.3% growth rate in the economy overall. Additionally, the oil industry has led to 1 million of the 2.7 million jobs created since 2002.
Although six of the eight most-filled new jobs in this industry are engineering-related, more than 30 states in the U.S. saw oil and gas support employment positions rise by at least 50% over the past ten years, reports USA Today. These include jobs in freight trucking and manufacturing, as well as field hands and supervisors–positions that may require little related experience in the industry.
2. Construction & Real Estate
In 2013, home prices and sales are expected to rise, spurring an increase in homebuilding and construction. Housing starts, for instance, are expected to go up 24% this year—residential and private construction starts are estimated to equal $483.7 billion.
The activity in this sector will lead to improvements in construction employment, as well as boost activity for real estate agents and related professionals. In December alone, 30,000 construction jobs were added, presaging a great start for job seekers in this field in 2013. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that employment for real estate agents will grow 16% from 2008 to 2018.
Two factors are driving this industry’s boom. For one, America’s population is living longer. Aside from the expected medical costs associated with aging and the elderly, the American Hospital Association estimates that more than 37 million boomers will be dealing with a chronic condition, like arthritis or diabetes, by 2030.
The second reason: The Affordable Care Act will lead to nearly 35 million more people in the healthcare system, creating a shortage of trained healthcare professionals and physicians. Job postings for healthcare positions on one major employment site rose 13% during a 12-month period ending in June 2012.
While many healthcare positions require a great deal of expensive training and education, home health and personal care aides require less training. From 2010 to 2012, over 116,000 home health care positions were created–and employment for these positions is estimated to rise 70% over the next seven years.
This technology industry will continue to provide a abundance of employment opportunities in 2013, according to Fox Business. According to a new Dice Report, which tracks requested skills on job postings, software development “is beyond compare” in today’s tech job market. Dice points out that many companies are seeking developer candidates for non-engineer positions because they could be better project managers for various products.
Employers are also hot for applicants skilled in open-source programming languages like Python and Ruby. Both, the report says, have hit “all-time highs in six of the 10 months of 2012.”
Additionally, 27% of hiring managers plan to employ information technology specialists in the next year.
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