6 Hot Jobs in 2016

January 6, 2016

What jobs will be hot in 2016? Which occupations are going to increase in demand and are worth your time and investment? These are the questions you should be asking yourself if you’re selecting a college or switching careers.  Here are 6 jobs that have great potential and are worth considering:

Chief Risk Officer (CRO): If your company doesn’t already have a CRO, chances are they will soon. Recent massive security lapses have left companies vulnerable. In addition, the ever-expanding convergence of web, cloud, social, and mobile technology makes possible breaches of information even greater.  Therefore, cybersecurity has become a top priority for company leaders and hiring managers find themselves on a mission to locate and land CRO’s. Typically, CRO’s are concerned with assessing and mitigating significant competitive, regulatory and technological risks across the enterprise. The average CRO has a post-graduate degree and 10 to 20 years of business-related experience, usually in economics, accounting, or legal affairs.

Software Application Developers: Considered as the brains behind new technologies, Software Application Developers are credited for creating technological advances that you now can’t live without including social media, a plethora of apps, and checking your bank balance using your phone. In fact, software surrounds us every minute of our lives and that’s why software application developers are in high demand. In addition, the ongoing revolution in the mobile device industry guarantees stable growth in this specialty and The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this job is going to experience a 23% growth in the next 10 years. For this job, a bachelor’s degree in computer science is preferred but a rock star coder with or without a degree is very desirable.

Registered Nurses (RNs): The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that RNs are growing in demand and the job market for them is rapidly expanding. In fact, RNs are one of the fastest growing occupations with an increase of 26% projected through 2020. This means a whopping 3.45 million jobs.  Additionally, the demand for traveling nurses hit a 20 year high in 2015. This spike in growth can be attributed to the Baby Boomer generation aging and in need of additional healthcare as well as Baby Boomer nurses retiring.  Currently, the US is experiencing a nursing shortage and there’s no relief in sight.  If you have a love for nursing and are willing to earn your BSN, there’s never been a better time to enter this field.

Web Designers: Employment for Web Designers is expected to grow more than 20% in the next 10 years especially with a surge due to the need for mobile friendly websites. In addition, their jobs have expanded to include such things as e-mail marketing.  In fact, designers now have a seat at the business table due to the need for SEO, metrics, click through rates, conversations and analytics. If the designer works as part of an in-house team, they will have access to these business intelligence tools. Today’s highly creative and tech savvy web designers can expect to make top dollar.

Sustainability Professionals:  Whether you are a Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Corporate Responsibility Professional, Green Building Professional, or Agriculture Food Scientist, you are in great demand.  Sustainability is a hot field and growing so quickly that jobs we haven’t even thought of yet may be the careers of the future.  A broad sustainability education is a great preparation for a career in this industry, but it is recommended that you focus on one of the specialties above that employers can’t find enough of these days.

Personal Financial Advisors: Helping people with investments, taxes and insurance decisions are the main duties of a Personal Financial Advisor. The employment in this field is expected to have much faster growth than the average for all occupations over the next few years. The demand can be attributed to the aging population wanting to retire comfortably and an increase in life expectancies. However, there is a shortage of younger advisors coming into the industry. Only 6% of advisors are under the age of 30 and only 90 universities offer degree programs in financial planning. What the profession needs is much more advertising and informing students at the high school level that this is a rewarding career and booming profession.

What other “hot jobs” can you add to our list? Please comment below.

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