Today's guest post is brought to you by Lidia Staron, an experienced writer, editor and literary coach.
Understanding the job market and its trends is such a great advantage for all job seekers. Whether you are thinking about a career change or would like to step up in your current field, here’s a collection of the most trendy jobs in 2018 in the USA.
Just like planning for your next holiday adventure, knowing about the most in-demand jobs as early as today is a great step towards thriving at work that is both rewarding and exciting.
Ready? Here we go.
Computer Software Engineer
It’s no surprise that computer software engineers are in demand these days. With the growing number of start-ups locally and internationally, these professionals play a key role in developing apps and task-specific programs which help businesses and organizations effectively carry out their day-to-day operations. Even more interesting — having a job like this allow you to work from virtually anywhere — in the comfort of your home, at a typical office, and even by the beach. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for computer software engineers is expected to grow by 17% in 2022.
Median salary: $102,280*
Personal Financial Adviser
2018 is truly an amazing year for personal financial advisers. As more and more people (including organizations and businesses) find more ways to grow their money, the more they need knowledgeable individuals who will give them sound financial advice. As a financial adviser, your task is to help people make smart decisions, from the most common concerns like whether or not they should seek cash advance, to investing in real estate, joining forex trading, and so much more. Similar with a software engineer, you need not confine yourself in a local office. The flexibility of this job plus modern technology allows you to work anywhere and everywhere.
Median salary: $90,530*
Market Research Analyst
Data analytics is crucial to the success of any business. Analysts gather data from surveys, sales reports, interviews, and other sources, and interpret such data to provide companies with valuable feedback to be used in making informed decisions. You will need strong analytical and mathematical skills to succeed in this profession, as well as technical expertise on common data analytics apps, such as Excel Spreadsheets, Trifacta and Orange.
Median salary: $62,560*
Fit is the new sexy, they say. Health and wellness is a booming industry for sure, as more and more people are understanding the importance of maintaining a healthy and lean body. As a fitness trainer, your goal is to help your clients achieve their fitness goals through a tailored workout and diet plan. Even though you don’t need a college diploma to get started, you have to be able to do what you preach — that’s it — be fit yourself. Getting certified is also an advantage.
Median salary: $38,160*
A comfortable salary and an agreeable work-life balance — there are lots of opportunities waiting for dentistry graduates this 2018. Besides standard treatments and procedures like tooth extraction, cavity filling, and denture fitting, more people are seeking cosmetic dental procedures like inlays and onlays, composite bonding, teeth whitening and implants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 17.5% employment growth among dentists by 2026.
Median salary: $153,900*
Pharmacy technicians are licensed to dispense prescription medications to patients and healthcare professionals. They collect, input and verify prescription as well as patient information. To become a pharmacy technician, a high school diploma is required, along with training and certification from a pharmacy technician program.
Median salary: $33,208*
There’s no doubt — we have an ageing population. There’s a rising shortage for registered nurses in many countries, especially the highly developed ones. Nurses work in different settings — hospitals, clinics, military, schools, agencies, etc. The demand for nurses is likely to grow by 16% in 2022. Being a healthcare professional is truly challenging. But the pay is rewarding.
Median salary: $68,450*
Skin Care Specialist
Skin care is a billion-dollar industry. Having healthy skin is no longer just an option for many people these days. It has become more of a necessity. And because of that, skin care specialists are needed to work at spas, clinics, and salons.
Median salary: $30,270*
There you go — the most trendy jobs of 2018. If there’s one that resonates with your interests and skills, now is the perfect time to pursue a different path and take your career to the next level. Because the trend is expected to continue for the next couple of years, it’s not too late to get started, get the education and training you need, and thrive in your chosen career.
Median salary information is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As you can see, software development trumps the list, both by popularity and income. Check out all the jobs we have in this field on Jobbatical:
Lidia Staron has been working as a writer, editor and literary coach for 5 years. She contributes articles about the role of finance in the strategic-planning and decision-making process. You can find really professional insights in her writings.