Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.
Analyzing "Top Jobs"
At the end of the first decade of the new millennium in AD 2010, the well known and respected Kiplinger Magazine provided analysts that predicted 13 Top Careers.
These top careers are those within the American workforce that began recovering from the Great Recession and continued to grow. One major growth sector is healthcare and related industries.
For instance, Travel Nursing and other Travel Health Professions are offering increasingly high wages and extra benefits that include mortgage payment and should continue to do so to mid-century.
Advisability is on the side of examining at least two or three additional analytical journals for second opinions and to weed out author biases. Some "Top 10" lists of great jobs are filled with job titles only placed there by companies that paid for the placement.
Here, let's look at my own findings of the Top 10 High Demand Careers in America.
This is based on data culled from among federal, state, and local employment projections, along with the latest business news about incoming companies in major labor marketing.
We can compare the official government-predicted employment and job projections with actual employment trends and job listings in our national job market with the original 13 careers first mentioned above. Let us see if any match.
From my workforce development projects during the mid-1990s to date, I've found that Physical Therapist (PT) as a career has been the Number One producer of jobs. long-term. The largest proportion of PT jobs since 2008 are in Texas.
Related to new jobs, the US Federal Department of Labor chose Physical Therapist as a top pick for future job growth in the late 2000s, matching employment and job listing trends. However, this career did not appear in the Top 10 of the 13 predicted in the Kiplinger article mentioned at the top of this piece.
By AD 2014, the highest demand job in the US became that of truck drivers. Around the same time, the job title "home health aide" tied with the truck driving demand.
Current Top 10 Hot Jobs
Highest Demand Jobs
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Assistant Managers - Retail and Restaurant.
- Managers - Financial Products, and Restaurant/Food Service.
- Family Practice and Internal Medicine Physicians
- Sales Associates/Salespeople
- Tax Preparers and Accountants
- Sales Managers and Sales Representatives
- Registered Nurses (RNs) - includes Travel Nursing
- Project Managers - Largely IT related; Domestic and International Business, private, government, and government contractor.
Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners, and Physician (or Physician's) Assistants and Medical Assistants; as well as Little Clinics in drug and grocery stores, are on the rise as a matter of cost containment and cost reduction, pulling business away from private practice MDs, DOs, and Emergency Rooms.
US Federal Job Projections to AD 2024
Job Growth, Highest to Lowest:
- Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Personal Financial Advisor
- Research Analysts: Includes healthcare fields.
- Genetic Counselor
- Medical Sonographer
- Web Developer
Other High Demand Jobs
- Biomedical Engineers: At least a Bachelors Degree required.
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts - Bachelors Degree (many companies require graduate degrees, however in "real life"). This position will increase in importance and numbers, because IT cuts across all job fields in the 2010s. Look for it to explode with new jobs.
- Home Health Aides: HHA Certificate or On the Job Training under a licensed supervisor.
- Registered Nurses: Associate Degree or 3-year degree (RN) - Some positions require the BSN.
- Financial Examiners: Bachelors Degree. although many job descriptions require a Masters.
- Medical Scientists: Doctorate required and many of these professionals have more than one doctorate.
- Biochemists/Biophysicists: Doctorate
Kiplinger Article Top 10 Careers to AD 2020
- Federal Government Managers: Some of these jobs already appeared in top job listings on Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com in 2009, but disappeared by 2010.
- Higher-Education Administrators: Because professionals are working longer into the lifespan, this position may not emerge as a high demand job by 2020. However, the number of career academies and vocational schools providing certificates for 2 years or less of study may increase in the US. Stimulus Funding dollars spent to expand colleges, vocational schools, and universities created such a need. A larger amount of funding seems to be going to educational R&D, with resulting new jobs and products.
- Program Evaluators: Increased numbers of government programs require program evaluators and compliance officers to monitor government funding and the results achieved on the federal, state, county, and local levels. My experience is that with each change of US President, these jobs either increase or decrease for the next 4 or 8 years.
- Corporate Executives in Global Business Development or Global Workforces (International business). The recommended languages to know are Mandarin (a Chinese language), Hindi, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic,and Farsi. Chinese is expected, because of US financial borrowing from China and related future development, along with China's growth in International Business. Russian was a big language to know in the 1960s-1980s, and then fell out of celebrity -- More dealing with the Russian government and business sectors is expected 2010 - 2020. Many US corporations have offices and workforces in Arab nations as well.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists: Reportedly, this is the only type of Mental Health treatment that the new insurance system for America after 2012 will support. My experiences in providing treatment did not find this type to be the most effective for most patients. However, some applications of it are simpler and cheaper than all other Mental Health Treatments. My worst experience surrounding this treatment was listening to a psychologist tell a back-injured Workers Compensation client about reported back pain, "Your back does not hurt, so you have no pain." It was a very short treatment session, with very little further conversation and the patient was angry. It was a misapplication of the treatment, but you get my point - this therapy can be minimal and ineffective in some cases.
- Immigration Experts: This many be an imminent increase with the focus on legalizing undocumented workers.
- Researchers: Government funded topics involve physics, math, biology, engineering, and computer science (CIS). This is to be expected with the advance of Medical and Bio-engineering, privatized space flight, and other fields. Major Universities and businesses across America are already advertising Research Scientist positions. High School Curricula are promoting these lines of study as well.
- Health-Informatics Specialists: This involves the National Medical Database as well as increasing patient activity generated by an aging American population. it takes a legion of workers to construct and maintain such a national database, and it may not come to fruition.
- Optometrists: An increase in the need for these professionals likely has to do with an aging population and a need for pilots in the military and private aviation and aeronautics field.
- Genetic Counselors: This directly involves looking for genetically based diseases and conditions in order to repair damage, prevent or end conception, or treat patients more fully. However, there is a trend in clients' desire for wishing to design babies according to specific genetic information. This is not yet possible in the 2010s.
- Bloomberg. Biggest Job Growth Expected in Health Care & Renewable Energyhttps://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-job-projections-2024/ Retrieved September 16, 2018.
- Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com: Find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. one search. all jobs. Indeed.
- Job Search Made Simple | Simply Hired: Search millions of job listings from across the web. Find local jobs, salary comparisons, and employment trends at Simply Hired. New jobs added daily.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2010 Patty Inglish MS
Comments and Experiences
Reena Dhiman on February 24, 2015:
Thanks for very helpful stats about job area and scope for the period of 2012-2022.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 11, 2012:
I hope you're standing in a job! :)
LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on August 11, 2012:
No wonder you are so sought after... I stand in awe Ms Inglish
dream jobs coming on April 24, 2012:
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Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 13, 2012:
I hope it helps; new guidelines come out every two years, but they overlap. Look for new types of jobs very soon!
Skyler Meyer from 297 Garlington Rd Unit A Greenville, SC 29615 on March 13, 2012:
Hi Patty, These list is very helpful especially to me as high school graduate. It will serves as my guidelines in choosing my course in college.. Thanks for posting great hub..
loveoflearning from U.S on February 22, 2012:
Great Information! Thanks Patty!
lolita jones on February 06, 2012:
awesome info helped alot thanks
greghura on February 06, 2012:
Cognetive approact for a right forecast. Can we take it as abstract atleaset for now to plan ahead?
grehura, San jose,CA
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 25, 2012:
Nursing can be a very good career for many people. A friend began as a unit clerk in a hospital that paid for her schooling and is now an RN. She likes her work and may move on to Nurse Practitioner.
thecnatraining from Vancouver on January 24, 2012:
This is a great resource for young students to work for. Im glad nursing made the list! All other professions are great and satisfying.
greghura on January 12, 2012:
Highly motivative, really useful in planning better for future secured jobs inline to the requirement and accent.
Greg Sereda from Sandomierz, Poland on December 27, 2011:
Very thorough. Thanks.
forhirejobs from Orlando, FL on December 22, 2011:
If I were a college student right now there would be 3 areas of study I would head into. Engineering, Technology or Healthcare. They all earn a great income and are recession proof.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on November 30, 2011:
Very informative. Though I find myself thinking, 'Hmm...I could just be a writer, couldn't I?" :)
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 16, 2011:
1,000s of such jobs are beginning to emerge through the Top 5 SpaceShip Companies in USA I just wrote about. In addition, medical and health-related companies are increasing IT positions. However, some states have more opportunitites than others.
Charles on October 16, 2011:
I saw the report that programmers are at the top of the list. Where are these jobs? I have 15 years' experience, and am still underpaid, stuck working on-site when I could easily work remotely, and under constant threat of having my job off-shored.
The pay grade does not seem to change with the cost of living; I have had job inquiries from the northeast and west coast that want to pay the same as wages in the southeast. I hear about teachers being underpaid, but the starting teacher salary is more than I was making in my 5th year of programming.
If you want to go into IT, plan for something that requires you be onsite, something to do with hardware or hands-on desktop support.
cloudrider from Dallas, Tx on September 27, 2011:
Very informative... I graduated Cum Laude with an Accounting degree and an internship to mark experience yet no one has called me for a position in that field. So I'm sticking to insurance for now...
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 15, 2011:
Jeff - With the new fields of limb regeneration via ECM (pig membrane matrix) being promoted, even MORE Physical Therapists will be needed.
Thanks for all the comments, everyone!
Jeff Poirrier from Washington on August 15, 2011:
Wow awesome hub. That is an amazing amount of compiled research. Maybe I'll go back to school and study physical therapy afterall!
Lyn.Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand on August 02, 2011:
brilliant and very informative ...thank you for this as I am looking for a new career.
Matt Stark from Albany, CA on August 02, 2011:
Great hub, thanks. I actually left my career in tech to become a Physical Therapist and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences.
AllSuretyBonds on August 02, 2011:
I'm banking on IT computer science major here, but I agree healthcare is a good field but is getting to political for me.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 02, 2011:
Optometrists are in increasing demand during Summer 2011, especially in the military.
sumitparihar on February 20, 2011:
very infomative...great hub
Ankush Kohli from India on February 09, 2011:
Excellent hub....!! I am passing this information to my younger brother. He just completed his college and going to start his career.
JodiVee on January 11, 2011:
Employment data from different sources conflict in some areas while dovetailing in others, but one thing is for sure: the future holds many surprises.
mukesh.k.n.chennai on December 31, 2010:
today i visit this site amazing.more informative i am waiting
bettybarnesb from Bartlett, TN on December 27, 2010:
This is probably one of the best hubs that I have read. I feel honored that you are following me. I know I can learn a lot from your experience and style. Excellent job!
royalbert on November 23, 2010:
Thanks Very Informative hub.
cloudhardy from United State on November 10, 2010:
The hub is very fruitful for youth, who are in the phase of carrier development process. It will update them with the latest trend and can prove immeasurably useful for them in shaping their carriers. The statistical information such as Fed Govt Manager - Increased in job listings 156%,Higher-Education Administrator - University Administrator increased 68%,Program Evaluator - Increased 18% etc.,can help in the amicable decision making process. Thanks a lot for sharing and keep on hubbing.
earn_Online_24x7 on November 09, 2010:
well informative article.
Taffney Smith from North Carolina on October 23, 2010:
Thanks for the information, very useful. I think jobs in Criminal Justice are on the rise as well.
Micah from Central Florida on October 23, 2010:
Good hub. I recently read an article somewhere that said that financial jobs were the hottest careers, and yet I only see a few on the lists. Makes you wonder how reliable those lists really are...
mitch on October 18, 2010:
great! I will start with # 1 then #2 then so on.. to see which one I can land a job
kubth from UK on September 23, 2010:
A hot career is one you enjoy doing, can live off of, and makes you happy..
shoppingqueen on September 22, 2010:
Very informative - thanks!
Wooded on September 17, 2010:
Great information. My daughter is trying to decide on a career, I will give her this infor.
t2webnetwork from Oxford, MI on September 10, 2010:
Very informative hub. Some of these jobs I would have never known about!
Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on August 22, 2010:
Wow, I had no idea! kiplinger is one of my favorite magazines and I love their enewsletters but this hub, is very informative...Thanks for sharing!
Uncle Alfie from Doghouse on August 20, 2010:
wow really cool times have changed that's for sure
BenjaminB on August 19, 2010:
Great Hub, very informative!
Tesa Adams from Austin, Texas on August 19, 2010:
Thank you I am passing this info along to my daughter who is going back to school and wasn't sure which direction to go in for a new career.
Tam from TN on August 19, 2010:
kazeemjames01 on August 19, 2010:
Wow, reality will judge the predictions. Thanks for sharing this.
Navyman05 on August 18, 2010:
That is amazing that our healthcare system is so advanced but we are having such a trouble keeping that career field maned up.
maziz on August 18, 2010:
very informative hub!
ryanallan on August 18, 2010:
This is interesting to see the data aggregated together, puts a little more clarity to the perplexing question many people are asking themselves. One tough issue is where to start when trying to get into these industries - not a quick turnaround in life strategy!
RanCrosby on August 17, 2010:
Foredi from Jakarta on August 17, 2010:
why Physical Therapist had been the leading no 1? the answer is clear, so many people stress because their job and their money :) nice hube
candle62 from London on August 13, 2010:
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 13, 2010:
M.W. - Maybe not so "hot" a career in UK where you are.
Medical Writer from Great Britain on August 13, 2010:
I have to disagree, I have a PhD in molecular biology and struggling to get a decent job.
Sheila Kemp on August 11, 2010:
Interesting. I wonder how many of these predictions will come true. You should make a new hubpage article in 2020 and compare these predictions with reality! :)
Ambition398 on August 04, 2010:
Neat list, thanks! Nice to see science back in the mix - -yes :)
forlan on July 31, 2010:
i am a financial consultant. I hope I get top career in 2020
Beth100 on July 28, 2010:
Informative compilation of information! I came for myself, but I am walking away thinking about the future for my children. This list targets their graduation date from univiversity -- this will help them direct their studies in their fields. Thanks Patty!
Don Simkovich from Pasadena, CA on July 27, 2010:
Well written and informative. I'm surprised to see Athletic Training listed so high. Construction jobs in California are going to increase due to High Speed Rail and a major hospital construction project in Riverside County.
DaMan92 on July 16, 2010:
I got 1 word for this hub awesome
TechnicallyADream on July 16, 2010:
Fantastic hub, by a great writer, thankyou for the information.
jenp123 on July 15, 2010:
Thanks for the great hub. What a great idea for a topic. I'm surprised the healthcare industry has so many projected hot careers.
Destiny Rose on July 15, 2010:
Definatly Tax preparers - thats my field and it is going to go through a shortage in the near future - good - knowledgable tax preparers will be in high demand but - ya gotta like it - if your not a tax geek then I wouldn't recommend it :)
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 15, 2010:
Geologists may grow in demand, given the PB oil spill and its aftermath - looking for more oil and natural gs resources, although New City North Dakota is set to drill 30 more wells right now, summer 2010. They may need some geologists
Autoaficianado from California on July 15, 2010:
I would think that any sort of Geology-related, Earth Sciences profession would be on there!! Geologists are cool!
ahmad.muzs from mojokerto on July 14, 2010:
i didn't find any engineer in those hub:(
Richard Stephen on July 14, 2010:
Thanks for this hub. My son is considering becoming an athletic trainer but was concerned about job opportunities. It appears that athletic trainer is one of the 10 top growing jobs according to your hub. That will be welcome news for him. Thanks again.
cooperjames from new york on July 14, 2010:
This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are great and
needs to be appreciated by everyone.
daryl21anthony on July 14, 2010:
cool cool hub. People these days do not really know what they're doing with their lives. And it makes it even worse during this time of year with the reception, makes it hard for everyone. Best of luck to everyone that's trying to "MAKE IT"
hubpageswriter on July 14, 2010:
These are all very useful information and great tips for those whom are looking for a new change in their careers. Hub up.
Timmy(B) from United Kingdom on July 14, 2010:
It would be interesting to see the top 10 jobs for overseas people working in America. Registered Nurses from the UK are increasing their salary fourfold by going to the US to work for example.
Aileen Bates on July 13, 2010:
What a useful hub. Very informative it looks like most of the careers listed require a college education to a degree. But the statistics are interesting too. Which one of those careers entices you more? Biomedical engineer sounded cool to me. It would seem like a fun career to enjoy doing.
bd160900 from San Diego on July 13, 2010:
Read it again!
erumzzz on July 13, 2010:
great hub nice
birellar from India on July 13, 2010:
I always like to know top 10 hot careers so thanks for sharing great stuff about top 10 hot careers 2010-2020.
TruthAwake from The Dirty South on July 12, 2010:
Great hub, well researched. Wish WRITERS would have been in there. Ah, well...;)
Jane on July 12, 2010:
This is really good news for my children. They went to college and have both got a good job in these fields. This is a big help to alot of people.
anthonyallen from Dayton, Ohio on July 12, 2010:
Great post. One important note about all of these jobs is they require an education. The importance of furthering ones educations isn't stressed enough. Some US major metropolitan areas have high school drop out rates in excess of 50%.
lisarank on July 12, 2010:
Great hub! I am new to Hub and exploring articles for ideas of how I should proceed. Thanks, Lisa
voyance en direct on July 12, 2010:
great ! nice article thank you
hair2nv from Huntsville, Alabama on July 12, 2010:
I think that this is a very good hub but....... You left off the hair stylist and barbers, proffessional peole will always have to have their hair done. Great and informative.
bd160900 from San Diego on July 12, 2010:
Great article! I really enjoyed this one! Thanks
md_azamkhan on July 12, 2010:
once again read this hub nice info you will provided patty thanks..
Island Hopper from USA on July 12, 2010:
Great to see you icluded growth by numbers of jobs. This is often key. For example, I would love to go into biomedical engineering, but when talking to people in the field, it's very competitive, and overall, not many jobs, so even if it grows, not much opportunity currently. For science, there's a few types of engineering careers that are more promising.
Jenny Calender on July 12, 2010:
Researcher is right on. We do research every day to keep up with technology, business, our niche, our clients...our selves :)
Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on July 12, 2010:
Thank you for the hub very informative.
RachelSmile on July 12, 2010:
new viewpoint to me,thanks :-)
kellydove on July 12, 2010:
m4mohsin on July 12, 2010:
good info check mu hubs
oneyearauction on July 11, 2010:
Hm, I should have gone to college.
Ann Lee on July 11, 2010:
eschultzmt from Bozeman MT - Montana on July 11, 2010:
Great resource, thank you!
Taking care of the local businesses and helping generate local economic growth and jobs on the home-front is at the core of keeping small town America thriving.
Don't forget to be supportive of the entrepreneur.
Creating your own job and creating additional opportunities could take a high seat in lists like this 8-)
charliestork from USA on July 11, 2010:
Some of the lists are applicable to US only I think. +1 to this hub.
Provident Mommy on July 10, 2010:
Thanks for this information!!!! Great hub! I look forward to following you!
AuthorSteve from Hawaii on July 10, 2010:
Voted up and bookmarked this hub. As I´m interested in changing my field it is defenetely a good resource for me.
md_azamkhan on July 10, 2010:
Nice article patty. great hub created.
deborRi84 on July 09, 2010:
This list hasn't changed much from last year. The same jobs are still popular and hot
scla from Southern California on July 09, 2010:
Great article. This definitely helps people who are may be looking to get into a new field because the job market has dried up in theirs. This gives them a good overview of some of the potential areas where they can possibly train or go to school for and have some good job opportunities available.
jeanie.stecher from Seattle on July 09, 2010:
Thank you Patty! This list of your will surely help others who are hunting for a job right now. Opportunities might only knock once and must surely be grabbed by one who's opportunity is knocking. I'll forward your hub to friends. Thanks!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 08, 2010:
Thank you all very much for reading and commenting on this Hub, which I hope will help many people.
MsFran - I had not realized that international people were coming to work in healthcare. That would help both them and USA. Thanks for pointing that out.
Deidre Shelden from Texas, USA on July 08, 2010:
This is helpful to have the top 10 jobs, careers and career trends from the internet. Thanks!