The 8 Biggest Job Trends for 2017
Start dusting off your résumé
Just in case you’re gearing up to reinvent yourself in the new year, we connected with Adrian Granzella Larssen at The Muse (an awesome site for everything from career advice to job postings). She let us in on the most in-demand career paths to follow next year…and how much they pay.
Web Developers and Computer Engineers
Whether you want to work at a start-up or a major corporation, almost every biz is looking to hire front-end, back-end, full-stack and mobile engineers to handle all the different stages of software development. Skills required? Basically, you need to know how to code. But don’t worry—you don’t have to quit your job to learn. Sites like Codecademy and Skillcrush
Average salary: $120,000
Much like Web developers and engineers, data scientists are in huge demand. Job requirements: You’ll need to be able to comb through all the Web data coming in (think Google Analytics or Facebook) and make recommendations to help the company gain a competitive edge. Sure, math and data-measurement skills are required, but many programs and boot camps are offering tracks specific to this, so it’s easy to learn in person or from your couch.
Average salary: $95,000 to $113,000
Huzzah! Sales jobs are on the rise again, but not in the way you think. Companies are looking at people with a range of job experiences—think project management or online marketing—not just traditional sales. To succeed in this role, what matters most is that you can think creatively and work with an occasionally quirky team.
Average salary: $110,000
Another health-care job that’s on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that we can expect a 40 percent growth for occupational therapists between 2014 and 2024. You need a license to work in this field, but you can earn one from an accredited occupational therapy program in two years’ time—not bad.
Average salary: $80,000
Personal Financial Advisers and Planners
Heads up: You’d be spending your nine-to-five providing advice on investments, mortgages, insurance, college savings and more, but this career path is expected to grow 30 percent in the next eight years. You’ll need to be certified to advise others on their money, of course, but client service skills will also come in handy.
Average salary: $90,000
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
You can thank apps like Google Maps for this industry’s major growth. If you have a bachelor’s degree in geography, cartography or surveying (or are willing to get one), you can expect a ton of jobs to start opening up. Your main responsibility would be to collect, measure and interpret geographic information in order to create and update maps for a variety of purposes…say, helping people navigate from their phones. Major perk: Traveling to cool places is probably required.
Average salary: $62,000
Interpreters and Translators
Sure, the salary is on the lower end starting out, but as the U.S. becomes increasingly global, this industry is expected to grow 29 percent by 2024. All the more reason to brush up on your French.
Average salary: $45,000