Best Careers for 2014

Due to the economic downturn that has occurred over the past decade, the job landscape within the United States has forever changed. Even once the nation recovers, businesses will not be the same. There are many industries that have taken a major hit because of the economy; however, on the other hand, there are those industries that have seen a positive outcome.

For those of you looking for a job, you need to take comfort in knowing that there are several jobs that possess a promising career path, meaning you will find much job security if you choose to pursue one of them. If you are currently in college, you need to take to heart the following jobs that are discussed, as this may help you determine the educational training that you need to obtain. So with all of that said, lets take a look at some of the best careers for 2014.

Machine Engineering

As time goes on, we will get closer and closer towards being a nation that does not rely on gasoline to power our vehicles. Because of this, there will be a great need for those who have experience working with wind turbines and different types of machinery that provide natural energy. Going to school to become a machine engineer takes anywhere from two to four years or more. The longer you stay in school, the higher the degree will be that you earn. As you complete your studies, your coursework will focus on the following topics:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Robotics
  • Industrial machinery
  • Thermal systems

With a bachelor’s degree, for this occupation, you will likely make somewhere around $50,000 a year.

Life Coach

Over the next several years, especially during 2014, there will be a great increase in the demand for life coaches. The reason behind this is because many people who have spent the better part of 20 to 30 years or more working for major automobile manufactures are now finding their selves out of work due to plant shutdowns. These people don’t know where to turn because the positions that they fulfilled simply aren’t needed anymore. For many of them, the only place to turn is to the assistance of a life coach who can help them cope with the career changes that they are having to make.

To become a life coach, there are many training programs that you can take part in. Some of them can be completed at a traditional college campus, or if you prefer, you can take online courses. Common topics studied during a life coach training program include:

  • Organizational behavior
  • The coaching relationship
  • Professional ethics
  • Decision-making
  • Cooperative communication
  • Identifying limiting beliefs

As a life coach, you will likely make somewhere around $40,000 a year; however, your salary will be greatly impacted by the number of clients that you advise.

Financial Advisor

best career 2014Because of the ever-changing economy, many people are turning to financial advisors to obtain advice on how they should invest and/or save their financial earnings and inheritances. From mortgages to children’s college funds to purchasing a new vehicle, you must understand all of the factors that will affect a person’s financial well-being if you want you to be a successful financial advisor. In this line of work, you will need to be licensed and/or certified. To do this, you will need to complete a four year degree program that focuses on:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Tax planning
  • Employee benefits
  • Risk management
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Securities and commodities

If you choose to become a financial advisor who specializes in securities and commodities, you can expect to make upwards of $100,000 a year. On the other hand, even if you don’t, as an average financial advisor, you will still usually make at least $69,000 a year.

Medical Professional

No matter the line of work, the medical field is one that continues to grow. Whether you become a nurse or a radiologist, as a medical professional, you can take comfort in knowing that there will always be much job security. The exact educational path that you need to travel down to work in the medical field depends on the exact career that you want to pursue. For the most part, however, you will have to take part in much coursework as well as hands-on training, including a wide range of internships. In some instances, you may be able to complete some of your coursework online, but most of it usually has to be completed in a traditional classroom setting.

Salary ranges for those working in the medical field are as follows:

  • CNA: about $25,420 a year
  • Medical Assistant: about $28,860 a year
  • Nurse Anesthetist: about $148,160 a year
  • Nurse Practitioner: about 90,583 a year
  • Paramedic: about $54,000 a year
  • Pharmacist: about $116,583 a year
  • Psychologist: about $73,090 a year