In February, 63,000 American employees were fire or laid off, and 450,000 retired or left the job market altogether. More than 30,000 jobs were created by the government, so the total numbers of private sector jobs declined by over 100,000. Times are tough for all businesses, workers, and investors, so students need to acquire the skills in demand in a weak economy.
Health – Medical prices and demand are skyrocketing. While analysts predict that this cost and consumption growth cannot last forever, they also do not have many suggestions for how to bring prices down or serve increased numbers of patients with fewer medical workers. Job growth is not limited to doctors, nurses and other medically specialized office staff are also finding work
Education – People are realizing that their old degrees aren’t necessarily cutting it, and college enrollment is at all time highs (despite, again, higher than ever prices for tuition.) Also, even though state governments are facing budget shortages, the number of teachers is typically growing or holding steady and cuts are being taken out of bonuses or administrative budgets.
Information Technology – Although a lot of jobs in IT have gone to India or elsewhere, many careers in IT have been growing here in America, too. Knowledgeable IT workers are needed to manage international teams, conduct data security, and/or serve as a personal representative to clients and corporate executives. This field isn’t necessarily as secure as it once was, but it is still very needed in our modern computer information economy.
Science & Engineering – For a long time, America has faced a shortage of science majors and engineers (of all types). Pay is higher than most graduates, and it is a type of job that can create real growth in a company – allowing a company to create even more jobs and expand its production. Science isn’t just good as a personal career path, it contributes to the macro-economics of society as a whole.
Of course, it is possible to make a career out of any major or subject you’re interested in. In some ways, its easier to get ahead in a field that you like, but on the other hand the demands of the market play a major part in which jobs are most highly financially rewarded.