By Amanda C (Contributor)
Edited by Ali Reza
With continual news coming out of the Department of Labor regarding the improvement of the American economy, there is a general feeling of hope and excitement amongst workers. Consult this list and learn where the most in-demand jobs happen to be and the educational requirements for each role.
- Biomedical Engineering. Professionals in this field are responsible for developing and designing artificial organs and prosthetic limbs. Most entry-level positions in this field require at least a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, or at the very least, a four year certificate from an accredited program. For professionals interested in faculty-level positions or engaging in research in this field, a Master’s degree is typically required.
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts. These technology professionals have the ability to configure and organize the internal IT systems used by corporations. Usually requiring a BS in Technology or Computer Science, candidates in this field are in high demand as office settings become more virtual with workers operating in off-site environments. Additionally, added potential is given to workers who have this type of background and who also hold MBAs in Information Systems.
- Home Health Care Professionals. As Baby Boomers continue to retire, the field of home health care is an ever expanding one. These individuals help elderly or disabled clients with ongoing health needs, and advise families on nutrition, cleanliness, and overall health. Professionals in this field typically require either a certificate from an accredited institution or an Associate’s degree.
- Physician’s Assistants. A professional who serves as Physician’s Assistant engages in duties related to administration of medication, conducts physicals, counsels patients, and is key in maintaining the overall flow of a medical office. A PA is required to have a Bachelor’s degree in the field.
- Pharmacy Technicians. A Pharmacy Technician works under the supervision of a lead pharmacist and is responsible for preparing medication and delivering upon customer service needs. Pharmacy Technicians are responsible for completing a program that typically lasts for six months to two years—depending on the program, a professional in this field usually holds a Pharmacy Technician Certificate or an Associate’s degree.
- Computer Software Engineers. The role of a Computer Software Engineer is one that is ever changing, largely because technology processes continue to develop at such an alarming rate. A professional in this field is responsible for applying theories of computer science in the design and development of software. Degrees held by these in-demand professionals are typically Bachelors-level and focus on computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, and information technology. Moreover, this field is one where a professional has the option of also working independently or on a freelance basis—there are many organizations that are searching for contract workers.
The salary ranges for these fields do vary, as do the demands placed on professionals who operate in these areas. In order to know if one of these fields is right for you and your career, take the time to properly research salary information and other statistics. Up-to-date, factual information can be found on job resource websites such as Glassdoor.com.