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4 top Industries With the Best Employment Outlooks…

Ashling McWilliam for local2 sault ste. marie
March 7th, 2012 at 1:05pm



This article is a column or editorial.
The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of LOCAL2.

BUSINESS

No one should base their profession choice solely on labour market predictions; however, one would be foolish not to consider labour market trends when making a decision of this nature. Given the costs associated with post secondary education, factoring in the changing economy when making a career decision is prudent and may even be cost effective. With this in mind, here are some of the top areas of demand for the next few years.



Healthcare – If I were to go back to school, I would make a beeline for programs in healthcare, and in particular, nursing. There are major career opportunities in this area. The aging populations and increased life expectancies are a guarantee that jobs in healthcare will only grow and the opportunities with a nursing degree are endless! As a nurse you can work in public or private sectors; critical care, rehabilitation, schools, clinics or hospitals. Returning to school always remains a strong option, to build on existing skills acquired on the job, you can continue on to become a nurse practitioner or a certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist (CRNA). Not only that, but there can be teaching possibilities or, if travelling peaks an interest, you can land a job nearly anywhere in the world with a Canadian nursing degree. Some other options in this field include;



Nurse Aids, orderlies and patient service associates

Other Assisting occupations in support of health services (SPD technicians, PSW jobs)

Pharmacists

Physiotherapists

Gerontology

Physicians

Registered Nurses

Registered Practical Nurses



Skilled Trades – There is likely to be a huge shortage of skilled tradesmen in the near future as a result of the soon to be retiring baby boomer population. It takes approximately 2-5 years to complete both in-school training and on-the-job training to become a certified journeyperson, but once accomplished you have irreplaceable skills. The machines associated with these technical skills simply cannot be fixed remotely and therefore require a physical presence on site to address the issues – lending to job stability. Some trades to consider;



HVAC (Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) technicians

Diesel mechanics

Plumbing

Electrical



Technology Based Careers - Obviously computer technology is one of the fastest growing areas of employment. It is important to keep in mind that although careers in this field are growing in number, your physical presence is not necessarily required to perform certain tasks and therefore there is always the threat of jobs being outsourced. Positions to ponder within this field include, but are not limited to;



Information systems analysts

Software engineers

Computer and information systems managers

Search engine optimization strategist (Where you need to know how web pages are structured and how search engines examine those pages to calculate page ranks)

Cyber security specialist



Green Jobs – We can’t ignore the importance of this new area of work. Renewable energy is here to stay and is predicted to be one of the fastest growing sectors of work. Working within this field will provide not only financial compensation, but also the knowledge that you are supporting the sustainability of our earth. Positions within this field include;



Renewable energy technician (installing and troubleshooting solar panels and home climate control centers)

Wind Turbine Technician

Waste management consultant

Hydrologist



Certainly, 2012 offers many options in terms of employment and career opportunities. Planning and doing your research in advance will help you to connect to employment that will, hopefully, provide meaningful compensation and some long term sustainability. Be sure, especially when considering your educational requirements, to determine prospects within your proposed field before you apply!



For more information about these jobs check out; Top 60 Jobs That Will Rock the Future at GetDegrees.com and check out Working in Canada at WorkingInCanada



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