Finance, marketing, IT, engineering poised for job growth
Corporations will be trying to fill jobs this year in IT security, applications development and data management. (January 7, 2013)
While luck definitely doesn't hurt in any job search, talented job seekers in fields such as information technology, finance, marketing and engineering will have the odds stacked in their favor next year, according to a new CareerBuilder study of state and national employment resources.
Software developers, accountants, marketing specialists and mechanical engineers are projected to be among next year's most in-demand positions for U.S. companies, the study found.
Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, said workers should also see more opportunities in production-related fields and health care, and hiring trends would "likely follow growth pattern's of the last few years.
"The competition for educated, specialized labor has intensified as market demands increase in both the manufacturing and services sectors," Ferguson said.
Here's a look at some of the top jobs for 2013:
Information Security Analysts/Web Developers/Computer Network Architects
U.S. companies have added nearly 71,000 information technology jobs since 2010, and demand is expected to remain high next year.
Job prospects should be especially strong in IT security, applications development and data management, as many companies have difficulty finding enough skilled tech professionals to fill positions in those areas, according to a report from the IT staffing firm, Robert Half Technology.
Sixty-three percent of chief information officers surveyed said it's "somewhat or very challenging" to find skilled IT professionals to fill open positions. Database management is the skill set in greatest demand, cited by 48 percent, while administration and web development and design were next, with 47 percent and 33 percent, respectively.
"CIOs report higher demand for IT professionals in the first quarter (of 2013), especially for those with skills in hot areas such as applications development and IT security," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "In the new year, we often see increased hiring as firms' budgets for 2013 have been approved and they are able to hire additional personnel."
Technology firms are regularly on the hunt to hire the most creative minds to develop computer programs, making this an especially competitive – and lucrative – profession. With a median annual salary of more than $90,000 and projected growth of 30 percent through 2020, talented software developers should find plentiful job opportunities next year.
Software development is also one of the nation's fastest-growing fields in the aftermath of the recession, with more than 70,000 jobs added since 2010, the CareerBuilder study found.
Personal Financial Advisors/Accountants/Auditors/Financial Analysts
Green jobs are projected to be on fire in 2013 … jobs involving greenbacks, that is.
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, many businesses have sought the help of talented accountants and financial analysts to help them comply with new government regulations and standards. At the same time, millions of the nation's baby boomers are heading toward retirement, faced with serious questions about estate planning, insurance, investments, taxes and wealth management. This has spurred great demand for personal financial advisors in 2013 and beyond.
Additionally, the outlook for auditing resources in 2013 will be at its strongest since 2008, with 41 percent of auditing departments anticipating strong growth in the coming year, according to the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Market Research Analysts/Marketing Specialists
Rapid advances in science and technology have led to an explosion of consumer marketing data available to businesses, and they're searching for top talents who can decipher these mounds of new information. Companies have added more than 31,000 marketing jobs since 2010, and employment is projected to grow 41 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Those with a master's degree and a strong background in statistical and data analysis or related work experience should find ample job opportunities.
Mechanical Engineers/Industrial Engineers
Growth in U.S. engineering graduates has not kept pace with the profession's booming global demand, making the hiring of specialized engineers one of the toughest tasks for American companies.
This has led to robust opportunities for highly skilled engineers who help companies create, build and maintain complex systems at all levels, from product design to manufacturing. Becoming a licensed engineer will provide more opportunities for career advancement and pay raises down the road.