If you’re almost ready to graduate or are a recent grad, you’ll be happy to know that the job market is heating up. A recent study by Michigan State University found that the job market is the hottest it’s been in a while, and projected a 16% increase for hiring 2015 college graduates. 74% of the employers surveyed rated the current job market as good to excellent, and 97% were ready to hire at least one new college graduate. In additional, The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that over 50% of employers are offering signing bonuses for new grad hires, the highest percentage it’s been in five years.
Hottest Career Area – Healthcare
So what’s the hottest career area? Healthcare! It makes sense because the Baby Boomers are in need of more healthcare as they age, and there’s been a boost in people who are newly insured as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts that the healthcare field will add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022, which is nearly 1/3 of the total projected increase in jobs. Here’s a snapshot of the hot jobs within the healthcare industry.
Hot Job #1: Physician’s Assistant
Glassdoor lists a physician’s assistant as the top job on its list of 25 Best Jobs in America for 2015. They are 45,484 job openings for physician’s assistants on their site, and they list this role as making an average base salary of $111,376.
Hot Job #2: Nurse Practitioner
The next hot job is a nurse practitioner, who is listed on Glassdoor as earning an average base salary of $95,171. On CareerBuilder, the median annual salary is listed at $67,620.
Hot Job #3: Physical Therapist
If you’re looking to become a physical therapist, you can expect to start at an average salary of $64,806 according to Glassdoor. CareerBuilder says that the median annual salary is $80,350.
Many of these fast-growing jobs in the healthcare field including physician’s assistants, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, occupational therapy assistants, diagnostic medical sonographers and speech language pathologists all require an advanced degree, which will typically take an additional 2-3 years of school. You may not want to add more classes to your agenda after you’ve finally graduated, but if you look at the return on your investment, it may be worth your while. If getting a graduate degree isn’t in your plan, there are other options in the healthcare that don’t require a graduate degree which include dental assistants, personal care aids and home health care aids. Here’s what you can expect from those careers.
Hot Job #4: Dental Assistant
Payscale.com lists the average salary for dental assistants at about $15/hour. Like every job they list, they mention that how much you make hinges on where you live. You can expect to make anywhere from $22,000 – $44,000 per year when you include bonuses and profit sharing.
Hot Job #5 & #6: Personal/Home Care Aide
The average pay for a personal or home care aide is about $10/hour, with an annual income of anywhere from $16,000 – $33,000 according to Payscale. They report a high level of job satisfaction in this field.
Runner-Up for Hottest Industry – Technology
Nine out of 13 jobs listed in the U.S. News & World Report of the 25 Best Jobs of 2015 are in the healthcare industry, and the remaining four careers come from a field near and dear to our hearts – technology. Here’s a snapshot of much you can expect to earn in some of the top careers in the tech field according to Payscale.com.
Hot Job #7: Computer Systems Analyst
To get a job in this field, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering and will want to put an emphasis on programming and design. The range of pay for a computer systems analyst is from $39,672 to $92,992 per year.
Hot Job #8: Software Developer
Like to code? As a software developer, you can make anywhere from $44,396 – $104,599.
Hot Job #9: Information Security Analyst
Another hot job on the rise is an information security analyst, which has a pay range from $47,770 – $105,558 a year.
Hot Job #10: Web Developer
If you’re looking into becoming a web developer, expect to make between 33,332 – $84,720 per year. The average annual salary of a web developer is listed at $55,000.
Hot Job #11: Network and Computer System Administrator
As a computer/network system administrator you can make anywhere from $36,397 – $80,925 per year.
Hot Job #15: Mobile App Developer
Want to work on building mobile apps, like BankMobile? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!) As a mobile app developer, you can expect to earn about $44,129 – $115,224 per year.
When you’re a new college graduate, the world is your oyster. You can pick from a wide range of careers to pursue your passions in life. We all wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
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