Growing Careers

Registered Nurse

A leader in the overall expansion of health care careers. Job growth will be driven by several factors including the increase in the number of older people, who need more nursing care than younger people. Technological advances in patient care and an increasing emphasis on preventive care will also contribute to increased opportunities for registered nurses.

Home Health Aid

The anticipated growth is due to the increase in percentage and numbers of elderly people. Seniors more often have health problems and may require assistance with daily activities. As costs of institutional care continue to rise, increasing number of seniors will be living at home and will require assistance.

Customer Service Representative

Over the next decade, the government expects this sizable occupation sector to create about 400,000 new jobs. As we move into a service-based economy, companies are placing increasing emphasis on creating lasting customer relationships.

Food and Beverage Preparation and Serving

As the population continues to expand, the job segment of food and beverage serving and related workers is expected to create about 761,000 new jobs over the period 2008-2018.

Personal and Home Care Aide

As part of the overall growth of healthcare careers, healthcare workers at all levels of training and education will continue to be in demand. Specialized training, such as a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree in a healthcare program, is a requirement for many jobs, including many administrative jobs that do not specifically include hands-on medical responsibilities.

Retail Salespersons

While very little training is needed to get a job as a retail clerk (many students get their first paying summer jobs behind the counter at a retail store), post-secondary school education is often a required for advancement into management positions.

In this growing job sector, the best opportunities will go to people who have a college degree or career training in office systems. As offices become increasingly computer-dependent, post-secondary training or retraining will be increasingly important.

Office Clerks (Administrative Assistants)

Accountants and Auditors

According to the U.S. Government, in the decade between 2008 and 2018 employment of accountants and auditors is expected to add about 279,400 of new jobs. An increase in the number of new small businesses, increased accountability requirements, and changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations will spur job growth.

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants

Employment is predicted to grow 19 percent, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Why? The increase in jobs is the result of an increasing elderly population with long-term care needs. Growth is expected to be especially strong in community care facilities for the elderly. Advanced medical technology provides for longer lives, but with an increased level of care required.

Post-secondary Teachers

Increases in college and university enrollment over the next decade will spur employment growth. Enrollment increases will come from 18- to 24-year-olds and adults who return to college to update their skills or enhance their career prospects.