Over the past century, the job market has undergone an evolution from common trade jobs to more technologically centered work. While trade work is still important, many of these jobs have been replaced because of more advanced technology and new priorities. Due to the increase in technology, there are certain jobs currently vital to our society that will continue to be relevant in the future. Consider one of these six jobs when looking for a secure and lucrative career.
1. Medical Lab Personnel
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare is about to become one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. The aging American population and increased participation in the healthcare system because of the Affordable Care Act mean the system needs to expand, resulting in more demand for doctors, nurses, and others, including medical laboratory staff.
There is already a shortage of medical laboratory technologists and technicians, who run blood tests and analyze tissue samples from patients. The BLS expects job growth of 29.7 percent between 2012 and 2022 for technicians and 13.8 percent for technologists. Medical laboratory technicians require an associate’s degree and earn a median annual salary of $37,200. Medical laboratory technologists perform more advanced work and need a bachelor’s degree, earning a median salary of $57,580.
2. Information Security Analysts
With high-profile hacks of major companies and the federal government’s concern over cyber-terrorist attacks, it’s not surprising that the BLS anticipates a 36.5 percent job growth for information security analysts, compared with average growth of 10 percent for most jobs.
Information security analysts monitor their organization’s computer networks for cyber-attacks and stay a step ahead of hackers by testing network vulnerabilities. You can enter this profession with a bachelor’s degree in programming or computer science, but may need to earn some certifications as well. Your expertise will garner a median salary of $86,170.
The body of human knowledge contains a growing heap of numbers. Scientists, market researchers, and the government are collecting an unprecedented amount of data, which someone needs to make sense of. One study found that 140,000 new statistician jobs are on the way by 2018.
Statisticians devise surveys and other means of gathering data, or they analyze existing data to decide what it means. Their median salary is $75,560, and most have a master’s degree with advanced calculus proficiency. However, a growing number of statistical jobs require only a bachelor’s degree. Additional knowledge of science, engineering, or computer science will bolster your employability.
4. Math and Science Teachers
With medicine, technology, and numbers driving economic growth for years to come, someone has to teach math and science concepts to the future workforce effectively. High schools anticipate needing to fill over 312,000 teaching jobs in general by 2022, but they already have difficulty hiring enough qualified math and science teachers.
You’ll need a bachelor’s degree in math or a scientific field plus a teaching certificate, or a bachelor’s in education with a concentration in math or science. Your school system may require you to eventually earn a master’s degree. But you can pass on all the tips and tricks for college you’ve learned to your students, while earning a median salary of $55,050.
Healthcare and technology are not driving every future employment trend. There will always be a need for the traditional trades, especially with an expected boom in construction on the horizon.
The need for carpenters will increase 24 percent by 2022. Carpenters follow blueprints to create the structural elements (including the walls, floors, and windows) of houses and other buildings. They work with not only wood, but also plastic and other materials. A high school diploma will get you into a three or four-year apprenticeship to become a carpenter, and you can eventually earn a median salary of $39,940.
6. Medical Secretaries
Growth in healthcare will also fuel a need for more clerical workers. The BLS expects a 36 percent job growth for medical secretaries by 2022.
Medical secretaries combine traditional administrative tasks with tasks specific to medical practice. They greet patients, answer the phone, and use office software. They also set appointments, keep medical records, and perform medical billing. This job does not necessarily require a degree, and you may learn on the job, but some career schools do offer medical secretary programs. The median salary is $31,890 annually, or a little over $15 per hour.
Jobs driven by technology and medicine are on the rise, but many traditional careers are alive and well. Whatever your interests and aptitudes, you can discover a growing career field that’s right for you.