There are only a few months of the 2015-2016 school year left, and whether you are a freshman or a senior, we are all one step closer to college (some of us being six months away—yikes!!!). While some of us know exactly where we are going and what we will major in, many of us have been checking that “undecided” box on all of our applications.
When deciding on a major or career, I’ve often been told to pursue my passion, shoot for the stars, etc. You most likely will not enjoy your career if you are not enthusiastic with the way you are employing your talents. That being said, I’ve also been told that practicality must always play a role in this decision. You can theoretically major in anything, but at the end of the day, you are paying tens of thousands of dollars for a ticket to a skilled and crowded workforce. Thus, you want to choose a major in which you are interested, and you might want to a pursue a career that is in high demand. CBSnews.com and Careerbuilder.com reported a short list of atypical yet highly demanded careers for 2016. Take a look at this list. There may be a few careers in your field of interest that you have not heard of!
If you’re interested in math/statistics/finance:
- Analytics Manager: Someone in this position would analyze data for a company and devise plans to increase revenue. This job requires familiarity with analytics software and programming, and a background in physics, math, engineering, or other STEM-related majors would be appropriate. Salary: $105,000
- Audit Manager: This job involves monitoring company policies, vendor payments, and payrolls. A background in accounting or finance would be necessary. Salary: $95,000
- Solutions architect: This job involves developing and documenting technical designs, either for a company or its clients. While a technological degree background is necessary, interpersonal communication skills are also important. Salary: $113,752 (average)
- Data scientist: This is a relatively new position with increasing demand due to company’s paying more attention to their loads of data. A technical background is often required, with a master’s or doctorate in a technical field. Salary: $116,840
If you like communicating with people:
- HR Manager: This position is excellent for those with communication and human relations skills. They oversee hiring, training, and reviewing employees. A master’s degree in human resources may be required. Salary: $85,000
If you’re interested in anatomy/physiology:
- Physician’s Assistant: These medical professionals are licensed to practice and prescribe medicine. After an undergraduate degree in physiology or chemistry, completion of a medical school program is required. Salary: $97,000
- Registered Nurse: This job field is growing tremendously. One must complete undergraduate school and enroll in a very competitive nursing school. Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Salary: $66,640
- Physical Therapist: In this job, you would help those with physical injuries or illnesses regain control of movement and reduce pain. You must have a Master of Physical Therapy degree or a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (requires additional 3 years of school). Salary: $76,000
If you’re interested in psychology/language:
- Occupational Therapists: Someone in this field would develop individualized plans of activity for mentally, physically, developmentally, and emotionally impaired people so that they can achieve self-reliance. He/she would probably aid several elderly people, as well as those who are psychologically challenged. Salary: $75,400
- Speech-Language Pathologists: This position involves the assessment and treatment of speech, language, swallowing, cognitive and voice disorders. A master’s degree in speech pathology or audiology is required. They may work in the school system, a hospital, a nursing care facilities, etc. Salary: $75,275
These are just a few of the demanded careers in the U.S. Not planning on attending college? Stay tuned for next month. In March, I’ll provide a short list of high-demand jobs that do not require college degrees.