Here at TAP, we’re all about discovering your true calling in life and aligning your career aspirations with your passions. Nevertheless, it’s good to be aware of marketplace trends when it comes to job prospects and job stability. Money and PayScale.com recently rated the top 100 careers, based on their pay rates and growth outlook. Here’s the list of the top ten:
10. Biomedical Engineer
Job Growth (10 year forecast): 72%
Sector: Scientific Research
Biomedical engineers are involved in some serious business. They “design and develop medical devices, treatments, and procedures, from artificial hearts to drug-delivery systems.” As medical technology advances, so does the work of these engineers.
Education required: An undergraduate mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering degree, and biology experience or education.
9. Certified Public Accountant
Job Growth (10 year forecast): 22%
Sector: Business Services
Accountants aren’t going anywhere. They’re integrated into the fabric of our business engines. “From buyouts to businesses grappling with changing tax laws,” they’re here to stay as the demand for CPAs is strong and will certainly hold steady.
Education required: You’ll need an accounting degree and/or graduate from a program that will get you certified.
8. Sales Director
This job is not for the faint of heart. Working in sales involves working under pressure at all times to drum up new businesses and meet a company’s financial objectives for advertising sales. As a director, you’d be managing a staff’s work flow and monitoring their sales objectives.
Education required: No specific education necessary. Your performance and work ethic speak for itself in this arena.
7. Database Administrator
Job Growth (10 year forecast): 20%
Sector: Information Technology
As a database administrator, you’re at the heart of your company’s operations as the go to person for updating software, managing data and troubleshooting. The best part about this job is that you’ll always be learning new software and technology.
Education required: Many DBAs start out as developers or programmers. Although certification isn’t mandatory, a credential can help you land a job. You can get certified in SQL Server, Oracle, or DB2 database management systems.