10 Jobs in Growing Fields

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Accountants and Auditors

Although it is often viewed as a male-dominated career, 61 percent of accountants are female, according to a 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, "Women in the Labor Force." Overall, this field will see huge growth through 2018, especially for CPAs, with nearly 280,000 new openings.

Home Health, Personal and Home Care Aides

These aides typically work for certified government-funded health agencies, public and private agencies, as well as individual clients. The aging baby boomer population has created high demand, with 461,000 new jobs expected for home health aides, and 376,000 new jobs expected for personal and home care aides, according to the BLS report, "Occupational Employment Projections to 2018."

Computer software engineers

The Internet boom isn’t over yet. As social networking, mobile technology, cloud computing and digital readers continue to infiltrate our everyday lives, the demand for computer engineers is expected to increase by 32 percent by 2018, according to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Customer Service Representatives

Believe it or not, not all customer service and tech support jobs are being outsourced overseas. An estimated 400,000 new customer service jobs will be added across the U.S. by 2018, especially in financial fields like insurance and online banking, according to the OOH.

Food Preparation and Serving

Nearly 395,000 food preparation and serving-related jobs are expected to be added as a result of people continuing to order take-out and the rise in full-service restaurants offering carry-out options. The OOH reports that growth among serving jobs is expected to increase 10 percent while preparation isn’t far behind at six percent growth.

Management Analysts

Companies looking to cut costs, expand services, or manage operations more efficiently are increasingly turning to analysts and consultants for an outside perspective on how to better their business practices. By 2018, the BLS projects a staggering 24 percent increase (178,000 new hires) in the number of people in this field.

Registered Nurses

Along with many other health-related occupations, registered nurses will be in high demand this next decade. Nearly 582,000 new hires are expected by 2018, up 22.2 percent from 2008, reports the BLS. While 60 percent of registered nurses currently work in hospitals, the number of RNs in physicians’ offices is expected to experience the most growth, at 48 percent, according to the OOH.

Retail Sales

As warehouse clubs (like Costco, BJs and Sam’s Club) continue to expand and retail stores seek to increase customer service, over 375,000 jobs will be added across the country in retail sales, reports the BLS.

Office and Administrative Assistants

If you thought secretaries were a bygone profession from the Mad Men-era, think again. The number of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and office and recordkeeping clerk positions is expected to grow as fast or faster than average, with nearly one million new jobs expected by 2018, according to the BLS.

Postsecondary teachers

As the number of high school graduates continues to rise, across the U.S., colleges and universities are facing increased enrollment as well, prompting a demand for teachers and professors. The number of adults going back to school for continuing education will also contribute to an expected 257,000 new jobs by 2018, up 15 percent from 2008. Next: 10 Best Jobs for Over-Forty Women 10 Great Jobs for Midlife Women

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