Are there Still Good Career Choices to be Made in a Slumping Labor Market?

For job seekers, the recent unemployment news may seem daunting – the unemployment rate has stalled at 9.1% and no new jobs were created during the month of August, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s unemployment statistics. For job seekers, employers and the government as a whole, job creation and unemployment remain a crucial topic.While all reports indicate that the jobs rebound may take a while to get better, job seekers need to prepare and assess their skill set to determine if they should stay in their current field or look to new opportunities in sectors that have potential growth. Of the job sectors that the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast as having the most growth potential projected through 2018, health care continues to dominate, along with Information Technology. Salaries range in the low teens upwards of $90,000.

1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst Salary Range: $42,800 — $116,120

2. Physician’s Assistant Salary Range: $55,880 — $115,080

3. Medical Assistant Salary Range: $20,750 — $39,970

4. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Salary Range: $20,850 — $51,510

5. Computer Application Software Engineers Salary Range: $54,840 — $132,080

6. Physical Therapist Aides Salary Range: $17,330 — $34,100

7. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors Salary Range: $16,120 — $60,760+

8. Database Administrators Salary Range: $41,000 — $104,070+

9. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Salary Range: $19,770 — $41,490+

10. Dental Hygienists Salary Range: $44,000 — $91,000+

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