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Hot Jobs for 2017 and How to Land One

February 20, 2017 | More Tips

Businessman with telescope looking to the futureAs the economy grows more competitive, it’s important to choose a career that’s not only in demand but offers paths to professional growth and advancement. Don’t know where to start? Well, the first thing to do is identify professions that are in high demand, determine if it’s a field which you will enjoy and research the requirements. There are a range of prospects across several industries, but the business sector in South Florida continues to show the most growth through to 2025.

Research done by the College has identified five positions which will be in high demand in the region. Here’s the list:

  • Marketing Specialist: This field shows the greatest growth, more than 26 percent. What does the career entail? Marketing specialists do a lot of research on the industries to which they are employed. They gather information, assess trends, determine potential sales for products and services, and create campaigns to promote them. Most individuals in this field earn an average hourly wage of $26.
  • Financial Analysts and Advisors: This career tops the list in earnings. Employees in this field make around $33 per hour with a 13 percent growth forecasted over the next eight years. Financial analysts and advisors work with banks and other companies in the investment industry to provide risk assessment and profitability options.
  • Credit Analyst: This is another profession critical to the financial industry. With hourly wages of $30 per hour, credit analysts assess the statements and spending history of individuals and corporations to determine the risk involved in lending them money. They also prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making. The demand for employees in this field is expected to increase by just under seven percent.
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: If you’re not one for figures, here’s a non-finance position that will be in high demand over the next eight years. These professionals assist lawyers and the courts by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent in order to formulate a defense or prosecution and initiate legal action. The current hourly income is just over $25 per hour, and the number of positions are expected to grow by more than 21 percent.
  • Insurance Sales Agents: We’re all familiar with insurance agents. They sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of coverage. With a competitive salary of over $25 per hour the field is one worth exploring, especially given that there will be an increased need of almost 9 percent through 2025.

Data source: EMSI for Miami Dade-Broward-Palm Beach MSA

Whether you’re already in the business pathway or want to know more about these options, check out the business programming map. If you need further guidance, make an appointment to speak to one of our career coaches.

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