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More Hot Careers in the New Year

by Janet Farley, Contributing Editor

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Depending on where you are stationed, the weather outside may be frightening. But according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment outlook for 2016 through 2024 is not.

You already know that jobs in the energy, construction and health care industries are hot, but what if those types of jobs just aren’t right for you?

Never fear, job seeker. There are other promising career paths in which opportunities are predicted to grow by leaps and bounds.

Let’s discuss a few of them.

With the increased cultural emphasis on going green, wind turbine service technicians and solar photovoltaic installers will be in great demand. Service technicians earn about $48,800 while solar panel installers can expect to earn about $40,020 per year.

If you’d rather be in the water (any sailors out there?), then you’ll be happy to hear that there will be 36.9 percent more jobs for commercial divers who earn about $45,890 per year.

Not an outdoorsy kind of person? Then consider becoming a statistician because there will be about 33.8 percent more jobs for them, and they earn about $79,990 a year. Maybe the BLS will give you a job creating occupational predictions.

If you like the idea of a desk job but crunching numbers doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps you can become a research analyst earning a median salary of $95,820 per year.

Or maybe you like managing money and feel like you could help others do the same. Become a personal financial advisor then as opportunities are predicted to rise by 29.6 percent. Advisors typically earn about $81,060 annually.

You’ve been around the world a time or two and maybe you can speak different languages. If so, consider a post-uniform career as an interpreter or translator. Jobs in those areas are expected to increase by 28.7 percent, and the average median salary is $43,590. Were you more interested in where you were than thelanguage that was being spoken? Demand for cartographers (mapmakers) and photogrammetrists (making maps/measurements via the use of photographs) is expected to increase by 29.3 percent, and people in those fields earn about $60,930.

Also needed in 2016 and beyond are individuals to work as forensic science technicians and web developers. The average annual salary for the former is $55,360 and $63,490 for the latter.

You can read more about jobs predicted to be in demand and promising career paths at

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