Hot Jobs for 2014
The hottest jobs for 2014 may not be the most prestigious or highest paying, but jobs in these careers are growing significantly faster than in other areas of the job market. Those who choose to enter these careers should be able to land a job quickly, even immediately after finishing high school in some cases, as many of them do not require a college degree.
Home Health Aides
Home health aides provide assistance to those who are disabled, chronically ill or unable to care for themselves. Often, home health aides provide assistance to the elderly or terminally hill in their home as they often need additional assistance with daily tasks. They may also check to be sure a patient takes medication, performs personal grooming or cook for the patient if necessary. Home health care aides do not need post-secondary education, but many must take a state-mandated test, undergo criminal background tests and may be required to submit to random drug testing. The average salary for a home health care aide is low at about $21,000 per year, but positions in this field are expected to grow by 70 percent, which is significantly higher than the growth of other careers.
Network and Computer Systems Analyst
Network and computer systems analysts keep an organization’s computer network running on a daily basis. These positions handle the installation of computer systems, local area networks, wide area networks, network segments, data networks and intranets, while also being responsible for troubleshooting any problems that occur. Most positions require a bachelor’s degree, although there are companies that will hire those with an associate’s degree or professional certification. Careers in this field are expected to grow by 28 percent, and the average salary is $69,160 per year.
Several positions in the healthcare industry are expected to be hot careers in 2014.
- Physician’s assistants work under a licensed physician, caring for patients. Many have the same abilities as a doctor, but the education requirements are lower, as a physician’s assistant often needs a bachelor’s degree plus two-years in a physician assistant program. The average salary is $86,410 per year and jobs are expected to increase by 30 percent.
- Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical duties in a doctor’s office, and their duties vary based on the type of doctor they work under. The average salary is just under $30,000 per year, but there is no post-secondary education required in most cases. Employment in this field is expected to grow by 31 percent.
- Dental assistant duties vary with each dentist, with some performing routine cleanings and others handling the recordkeeping. Some states require graduation from an accredited dental assistant school and the passage of a state-required examination. In others, there is no formal education required. The average salary for a dental assistant is $33,470, and careers are expected to grow by 31 percent.
- Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of physical therapists helping patients recover from surgery, illness or injury that caused them mobility problems. Most states require an associate’s degree in physical therapy. However, physical therapy aides, who perform similar tasks to physical therapy assistants, may only be required to have a high school diploma and on-the-job training. The average salary is almost $40,000 per year and positions are expected to increase by 45 percent.
Computer Software Developers
Technology is growing rapidly, and with that growth comes the need for newer, upgraded software. A software developer create applications that allow certain tasks on a computer to be performed, while others create the software that runs devices or networks. Most computer software developers have a bachelor’s degree, and many work with specific programming languages. The average salary for a software developer is $90,530 per year and careers are expected to grow by 30 percent.
Registered nurses provide patient care in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and doctor’s offices. In some cases, they provide education to the public through public health agencies as well. There are three basic educational paths to becoming a registered nurse:
- Diploma from an accredited nursing program;
- Associate’s Degree in Nursing
- Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
A national licensing examination is also required to become a nurse, and for those who want to move into nursing supervisory roles, a master’s degree may be necessary as well. The average salary for a registered nurse is $64,690 per year and careers are expected to grow by 26 percent. Many nurses who work in hospital settings must work shift work, which means occasional night, weekend and holiday hours.
Although some of these positions do not offer significantly high salaries, for those who are seeking employment in 2014, they may be the perfect starting point for a long-term career. Home health care workers often further their education to become licensed practical nurses or registered nurses. Medical assistants may choose to become physician assistants, while physical therapy assistants may choose to become physical therapists.