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Top Jobs Report 2013

Top Jobs Report 2013

The Schools.com Top Jobs report provides an interactive listing of the nation's fastest-growing occupations - as identified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - and allows users to rank them by factors including average salary, education level and work experience. This information can help readers to identify an occupation or occupations that may be suited to their individual needs and interests.

Employment growth is the primary factor driving the Schools.com Top Jobs report, and the results indicate how the U.S. workforce could be impacted by demographic changes, population increases and technological advances. Read on to discover more about how Schools.com and its Top Jobs reports can be a help by providing career growth details and information.

Use the Top Jobs List to Identify Growing Occupations

According to the BLS (bls.gov, 2010), total nationwide employment is projected to grow by 14.3 percent from 2010 to 2020, which could lead to approximately 20.5 million job openings across the nation. Interestingly, personal care aides and home health aides hold the top two spots on the Schools.com Top Jobs list with the BLS (bls.gov, 2010) estimating employment change of 70.5 percent and 69.4 percent, respectively, nationwide between 2010 and 2020.

Home health aides (1 million total employment as of 2010, according to the BLS ) and personal care aides (861,000) also make up two of the four occupations expected to have the greatest nationwide increase in total employment during that time frame. Below is more information about health care and the other sectors and occupations that can be found on the Top Jobs lists.

Health care: The health care and social assistance sector is projected to gain the most jobs nationwide (5.6 million), followed by professional and business services (3.8 million) and construction (1.8 million), according to the BLS. It is estimated that the majority of new health-related positions will be required to meet increased demand as the U.S. population ages. The BLS also projects that the last stragglers of the baby-boom generation - a group that encompasses more than 76 million individuals born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964 - will reach age 55 by 2020.

The United States Census Bureau noted that during the 2010 U.S. census the group 65 years of age and older was the largest in both size and total percent of the population compared to any previous census segments of America's population. This increase in senior citizens has already resulted in an increased need for health and elderly care services, and that need should only increase as baby boomers reach their golden years.

An aging population will be one of the main factors contributing to the need for more personal care and home health aides, as well as physical therapists, another occupation that ranks in the top 30 on the Schools.com Top Jobs report. Overall, 43 of the 100 jobs in the report fall into the health, healthcare and nursing industry, emphasizing the growing demand for health professionals to meet the needs of the U.S. population.

Vocation and trade: Highlighting the need for skilled labor, the vocation and trade industry makes up 28 of the 100 occupations featured on the Schools.com Top Jobs list. Many of these fall into the construction category, which is expected to rebound from the Great Recession as the population increases. The demand for construction professionals is high on the Schools.com Top Jobs rankings, as construction-related occupations make up four of the top 10 spots on the list.

Growth percentage for brickmason helpers (60.1 percent), carpenter helpers (55.7 percent), reinforcing iron and rebar workers (48.6 percent), and pipelayers and plumbers (45.4 percent) are projected to be well above the national average, as those workers are employed to assist with either new construction projects or infrastructure improvements. Construction efforts should also increase the employment growth of cost estimators (36.4 percent), which ranks 32nd on the list, as they analyze projects and materials in order to enhance cost efficiency.

Technology: Naturally, technology plays a role in the Schools.com Top Jobs report. Specifically medical technology, as biomedical engineers (61.7 percent) rank third on the list. This role is closely tied to the healthcare industry, as scientific advancements are helping to cure disease and increase life expectancy. Along those same lines, medical scientists, except epidemiologists (36.4 percent), holds down the 33rd spot, while total medical scientists (35.8 percent) follows close behind at 37.

Education requirements also draw some interesting comparisons on the Schools.com Top Jobs reports. Of the 100 jobs featured only seven require a doctorate degree, eight are typically available to those who hold at least a master's degree, while 18 point to at least a bachelor's degree as one of the prerequisites for employment, according to the BLS.

Discover the Impact of Baby Boomers in the Workforce

While they're getting older every day, statistics show also that the baby boomers are working longer than their predecessors, and in greater numbers. The BLS estimates that the 55-and-over age group's share of the labor force will increase from 19.5 percent in 2010 to 25.2 percent in 2020. According to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, not only will this change the nature of employment that senior citizens have typically been associated with in the past, but it is also expected to put a squeeze on the workforce, as incoming college graduates have limited career opportunities upon completion of their studies.

Baby boomers are expected to retain employment longer (and live longer) than their parents or grandparents did, but each of them will eventually leave the workforce at some point. While growth is anticipated to lead to many occupational openings, the BLS anticipates that more than half (61.6 percent) of the openings from 2010 to 2020 will result from the need to replace workers who either retire or permanently leave an occupation

Research Occupations that Interest You

The Schools.com Top Jobs report provides a tool for prospective students and job-seekers to identify an occupation that not only interests them, but also may meet their personal criteria for a fulfilling career. However, the report also offers a glimpse into larger employment trends that may be expected to shape the U.S. workforce in the near future and years to come.