Many of my clients are working through a career transition. They are moving from one career path to another. Once they are in the decision-making process of determining what career is the best fit, they oftentimes ask the questions: What are some of the fastest growing careers? What occupations seem like they are in higher demand?
Geography versus job role
One determining factor in your career decision-making process, may be which career path is in high demand currently and/or will continue to grow in years to come. Another consideration is whether the career is in high demand in the area where you want to live. For some, residing in a particular location is more important than the career path. For others, they would be willing to move to an area of the country where their particular career is in demand. This information begs the question: How can I find the fastest growing careers?
Don’t just google it
Naturally, you could use a search engine to find “fastest growing careers.” This search may or may not provide you with the information you seek. Instead, I would suggest starting your search by reviewing a career repository site like O*Net Online (http://www.onetonline.org/). O*Net Online has a tremendous amount of data on careers. In particular, the career paths designated “Bright Outlook Occupations”.
These occupations with the Bright Outlook Occupation designation are either projected to grow faster than average, projected to have 100,000+ job openings in the next ten years, or are new occupations in a high growth industry.
You may find it helpful to see if the new career path they are considering fits into a Bright Outlook Occupation. Otherwise, consider using information from this helpful resource in your decision-making process.
Amy Wolfgang is a career coach who founded Wolfgang Career Coaching and co-founded Coaching 4 Good. She brings over 15 years of corporate and coaching experience to help organizations boost employee engagement while simultaneously helping her clients excel in their careers. She is a certified PCM (Professional Career Manager) and has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
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