New Year New Job

Unlucky thirteen might not be so unlucky if you can score a job in the tech field, finance industry or marketing.

Chicago based looked at the fields with growing demand and determined what would be the best fields to enter this year.

What they found was the demand for IT professionals is as high as 48 percent. Software developers have a median salary of $90,000 dollars a year and a projected growth rate of 30 percent.

Jeff Denard is the Director of Career Development at North Central College where he works with students as they transition into the career force. “We’ve seen some growth on the technology side,” says Denard. “The majors we’ve added lately, the interactive media, graphic design, there’s a higher demand for that.”

With baby boomers heading towards retirement there’s a higher demand for financial advisors. In the aftermath of the a global financial meltdown companies are looking for accountant and auditors who can navigate new federal regulations. Those jobs are expected to grow by as much as 41 percent.

If you want to work with numbers in a different way social media has flooded the markets with new data. Companies are now looking for marketing analysts and specialists. Jobs in those fields are also expected to grow by 41 percent.

Career Counselor Donna Sandberg says there are certain competencies workers need to master to navigate an evolving workforce. “Social networking and social media are important,” says Sandberg. “So being able to and willing to swim around in it is a little bit helpful.”

There is also plenty of competition in the current economy. “You’re really going to have to stand out,” says Michael Erwin from Career Builder. “In order to stand out you’re really going to have to demonstrate how you impacted the bottom line at your last job.”

Sandberg also adds that although the career may be ranked high, you should also take into consideration what you enjoy doing. All of our experts agreed workers need to be flexible to adapt to an ever changing workforce.


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