Five Hot Jobs in 2013

Service members who are nearing the end of a service commitment might take a look at the civilian job landscape and consider running back into enlistment. Before you lace up your adidas, though, take a look at some of these job opportunities and requirements. If one strikes your fancy, you may want to consider using your education benefits toward a degree that could land you one of these in-demand career paths.


Medical Assistant

Do your friends call you “doctor” because you have a remedy or advice for every sick person you encounter? While you may not desire an eight-year stint in medical school, a medical assistant career may satisfy your healing urge.

Medical assistants do preliminary patient intake, asking questions, taking blood pressure, scheduling appointments, and maintaining financial records.

The Affordable Health Care Act revolves around private insurance, which means more paperwork and maintenance. Which means routine record-keeping and basic care is slowly transferring to medical assistants in order to free up the medical doctor’s time and skills.

The Department of Labor predicts that medical assisting will grow 31 percent between now and 2020 – an addition of about 163,000 new jobs.

If you are interested in becoming a Medical Assistant, get your associate’s degree or a medical assistant certification through an accredited program. There are no formal educational requirements as of now, but that could change. Plus, most employers will give preference to candidates who graduate from formal programs.


Software Developer

Have you the perfect idea for a cellphone application or videogame?  Guess what?  There’s a career for that.

Our tech-centric world is expanding rapidly, and software developers are those people who can create new applications to make the most of our portable electronics.

The Department of Labor reports that jobs for software developers are expected to grow by 30 percent through 2020, with over 143,000 job openings.

Some employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree in software engineering or computer science, but most typically require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree in either of those or a related field.


Dental Hygienist

If you’re a prolific flosser with an interest in hands-on care, you may be interested in dental hygiene as a career.

Dental hygienists educate patients about the importance of proper dental care, provide preventative oral hygiene, and conduct dental cleanings and x-rays.

The dental hygiene field is predicted to grow at a rate of 38 percent between now and 2020.

Candidates for dental hygienist roles typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene plus a state license. Requirements for licensure vary from state to state.


Personal Financial Advisor

Have a knack for investing or financial decision-making?  You may be a personal financial advisor in the making.

Personal financial advisors advise their clients on financial goals, investments, tax advice and retirement planning.

The recession of 2009 fostered a widespread desire among both the aging population and young professionals to seek money management advice. The Department of Labor projects that the financial advisor field will grow about 32 percent from now until 2020. This means about 66,000 new jobs.

To become a personal financial advisor, you need a bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics, accounting, math, or law. If you want to buy or sell stocks, you will also need to be licensed.


Social Work

If you’re a good listener, empathetic, and can stay calm in a crisis, you might want to consider a career in social work.

There is a wide array of social work fields to address specific aspects of the population:  senior services, unemployment services, substance abuse rehabilitation or child welfare are just a few areas in which dedicated, compassionate people are needed. These workers help people through challenges or transitions, which is a service that will continue to be in demand.

The Department of Labor anticipates more than 161,000 jobs will be added in this field between now and 2020, which is a growth rate of 25 percent.

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