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Hottest Jobs: 2014

Published: 1/13/2014

If your New Year’s resolution includes getting a new job you could be in luck! The US Labor Department says unemployment is still declining and at least one expert predicts bright spots in 2014.

“More high-wage jobs will be created in 2014 which will, in turn, fuel the creation of jobs at lower pay levels,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “

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Who’s Hiring…

What kinds of companies should you target? CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) researched the markets and found about a dozen hot jobs that are growing and pay pretty well. Their list was based on occupations that grew 7 percent or more from 2010 to 2013 and pay $22 an hour or more.

Survey Says…

• Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software: Median hourly earnings: $45.06

• Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists: Median hourly earnings: $29.10

• Training and Development Specialists: Median hourly earnings: $27.14

• Financial Analysts: Median hourly earnings: $37.34

• Physical Therapists: Median hourly earnings: $37.93

• Web Developers: Median hourly earnings: $27.84

• Logisticians: Median hourly earnings: $35.08

• Database Administrators: Median hourly earnings: $37.39

• Meeting, Convention and Event Planners: Median hourly earnings: $22.56

• Interpreters and Translators: Median hourly earnings: $22.39

• Petroleum Engineers: Median hourly earnings: $63.67

• Information Security Analysts: Median hourly earnings: $41.62

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Most of these hot jobs require very specific training, so if you’re looking to go back to school, or even a trade school, these could be good fields on which to focus. Ferguson says, “The challenge is many of these in-demand, skilled positions are in areas where companies are already experiencing a shortage of qualified labor. As a nation, we need to focus on reskilling workers of all ages and providing them with affordable education to catch up to labor demands in technology, healthcare and other key sectors.”

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