During the week of August 16, 2010, the University of Phoenix and CareerBuilder held an event called " Strategies for the New Economy." The article printed below was part of the materials provided to the event's attendees.
Although 2009 saw some of the most desolate unemployment numbers in history, there is reason to believe that things are starting to look up.
Both the unemployment rate and the number of jobless persons decreased in November to 10 percent and 15.4 million, respectively, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was down from October, when the unemployment was at an all-time-high of 10.2 percent and there were 15.7 million unemployed persons.
In addition, although employment fell in several industries, several groups saw little change or added jobs in November. Employment in professional and business services rose by 86,000, with temporary help services adding 52,000 jobs, the majority of the increase. Since July, temporary help services employment has risen by 117,000. Health care employment rose to 21,000 in November, with gains in home health care services (7,000) and hospitals (7,000).
The health care industry has added 613,000 jobs since the recession began in December 2007. While there was little change in wholesale and retail trade, department stores added 8,000 jobs over the month. Finally, the number of jobs in transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality showed little change over the month.
As these numbers continue to trend upward, there should be hope for the millions of people still looking for a job in 2010. The labor force is projected to increase by 12.6 million people during the 2008-18 period, according to the BLS. Total employment is expected to increase by 10.1 percent, adding about 15.3 million workers over the decade—including 2010.
It should be noted, however, that the jobs that will be added won’t be evenly distributed across industries and occupational groups. It goes without saying that changes in consumer demand, technology and the like will continue to affect the economic structure.
If you’re looking for a job this year, here are 55 (of many) jobs to look for in 2010, defined as jobs that saw growth in the second half of 2009 in every industry.
Management, Business and Financial Operations
1. Marketing and sales managers
2. Purchasing managers
3. Property, real estate and community association managers
Business and financial
4. Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products
5. Cost estimators
6. Meeting and convention planners
Professional and Related Occupations
Computer and mathematics
7. Computer programmers
8. Network systems and data communications analysts
10. Electrical and electronics engineers
11. Materials engineers
12. Engineering technicians, except drafters
and social sciences
13. Market and survey researchers
15. Urban and regional planners
Community and social
17. Social workers
18. Religious activities and education director
19. Judges, magistrates and other judicial workers
20. Paralegals and legal assistants
21. Archivists, curators and museum technicians
Arts, design, entertainment,
sports and media
24. Athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers
Health care practitioner
27. Occupational therapists
28. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians
Industry: Service Occupations
Health care support
29. Nursing, psychiatric and home-health aides
30. Massage therapists
31. Dental assistants
33. Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers
and serving related occupations
34. Chefs and head cooks
Building and grounds
cleaning and maintenance
36. Pest control workers
37. Grounds maintenance workers
Personal care and
38. Tour and travel guides
39. Childcare workers
40. Recreation and fitness workers
Sales and Office Occupations
Sales and related
42. Advertising sales agents
43. Travel agents
Office and administrative
44. Customer service representatives
45. Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping
46. Office machine operators, except computer
Industry: Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance
48. Cement masons, concrete finishers and terrazzo workers
Installation, Maintenance and Repair
Jobs that saw growth
50. Automotive body and related repairers
51. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation
Production, Transportation and Material Moving
53. Inspectors testers, sorters, samplers and weighers
54. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
55. Industrial truck and tractor operators
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