The American unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, which means there are plenty of growing industries eager to hire. Now is the time to pursue the career you’ve always wanted, especially if it is within any of the following 18 hot fields, in no particular order:
1. Web Development
These days, it’s impossible for anyone to succeed without a website. Even individuals are creating personal brands and advertising them using their own domain. Web developers will continue to find plenty of work in 2018, and best of all, you don’t need much more than self-taught web development skills to jumpstart your career.
2. Marketing Management
Marketing has reigned supreme since the early 20th century, and in the Digital Age, it is especially vital for business success. Marketing managers develop strategies and campaigns, organize teams, and devise overarching marketing goals. You can be self-taught in marketing, but you might be better prepared for advanced positions by obtaining a bachelor or master’s degree in the field.
3. Sales Management
When the economy grows, so do businesses, and when businesses grow, so does sales. Sales teams everywhere are in dire need of managers. If you have experience in sales or a degree in administration or management, you can almost certainly acquire this high-paying job in 2018.
4. HR Management
The economy has officially recovered from the Great Recession, employers everywhere are participating in hiring sprees. All these new workers place extra strain on human resources departments, who desperately need managers to function efficiently. An advanced degree in HR or a related field should qualify you for these positions.
5. Strategy Management
The business leaders of business leaders, strategy managers work to overcome strategic hiccups and generate growth — and they are paid handsomely for it. You can be qualified for a position in strategic management by earning an online MBA, no GMAT required, and gaining experience with a consulting firm.
6. Solutions Architecture
Solutions architects develop and document technical designs. Unlike developers and designers, solutions architects take the “50,000-foot view,” meaning they care more about the Big Picture than the minute details. You should have some tech experience, but soft skills are equally important for this consulting job.
7. Network Administration
A business’s network is its foundation. Because businesses rely so heavily on technology, an inefficient network can be a cause of business failure. Network administrators build and maintain business networks. You should have a deep understanding of hardware and software as well as interpersonal skills to function in this career.
8. UX Design
The customer is always right — or, in Digital Age terms, the user is always right. UX designers work to enhance the user experience by building intuitive programs or eliminating confusing or exhausting issues. If you have an eye for design, you can apply for UX design jobs today.
9. Database Administration
The phenomenon of Big Data is not disappearing, which means any and all professions related to data are in high demand. Database administrators build and manage databases, which means you need experience in IT or computer science to qualify.
10. Data Engineering
Data engineering is the collection, storage, and processing of Big Data, so organizations and individuals can more easily identify important information and make informed decisions. You don’t need an engineering degree to enter this field — though an advanced computer science degree helps.
11. Analytics Management
Analytics is emerging as a vital field, but analytics managers remain relatively unheard-of — meaning you can get in on the ground floor as this career blows up. A degree in a STEM field is useful, because you’ll definitely be working with software and data sets.
12. Computer Systems Analysis
Computer systems analysis is sometimes called computer architecture because it focuses on organizing computer systems to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. A background in computer science is essentially mandatory for these positions, and you can earn advanced system architecture degrees online.
13. Tax Management
Even if we solve the problem of mortality, taxes will remain a certainty. With the current administration’s proposed changes to tax code, taxes will only get more complicated in 2018 and beyond, so those qualified to manage taxes could make a fortune. Legally, you need your CPA certification to complete a non–family member’s taxes, and a degree in finance or accounting helps.
14. Medical and Health Services Management
Arguably the growth in healthcare administration isn’t good for Americans because it increases healthcare costs. On the other hand, if you are qualified for medical and health services management positions, you could earn a hefty salary while contributing your skill to an important industry.
15. DevOps Engineering
Not quite developers and not quite operations specialists, DevOps engineers work in the mushy middle, developing programs to streamline operations. To work in DevOps, you should be a computer science renaissance (wo)man, capable of performing nearly any task associated with technology.
16. Data Science
Unlike data engineers, data scientists care more about what the data means or what the data will be used for than about how the data will be acquired. If you have a history in STEM fields, you are well-suited to data science.
17. Industrial Engineering
All engineers work to eliminate inefficiency and innovate; industrial engineers do so in the production process. Unfortunately, industrial engineering is perhaps the most credential-heavy of the careers on this list: You need a five-year engineering degree for entry-level positions and advanced education for management jobs.
18. Software Development
Perhaps the fastest-growing career ever, software development has blossomed from a niche job to a pervasive industry. Fortunately, software development doesn’t require much formal education. In fact, if you have the programming skill, you can start completing projects tosday.