Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what field of work you’d like to get started in, considering there are a plethora of choices. When you were a kid it was easy to pick a job. You could scope out the closest grocery store and put in an application, but your goal orientated career path takes a little more planning and consideration.
Taking a test can prove beneficial when you have no idea what you want to do next. Monster has compiled a list of assessment tests that help you discover what you’d be best at. Some are available for a fee, while others are free. The O*Net Interest Profiler costs nothing but a few minutes of your time and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The tool narrows down your interests into career fields. Once you complete the questionnaire, you’ll have a customized list of careers that may be right for you.
There is also a wealth of information on the internet to let you know about today’s job market and which positions are in demand nationwide.
LinkedIn has compiled a list of 2019’s most promising jobs, ranking Data Scientist, Site Reliability Engineer, and Enterprise Account Executive in their top three spots. They get this list by using data from their website to rank professions based on criteria such as job openings, growth, and salary.
The Bureau of Labor Statics projects from 2016 to 2026, the occupations with the most job growth are home health aides, with 47 percent growth, personal care aides, with 38 percent growth, and software developers with 30 percent growth. They also say wind service turbine technicians are on track to be among the fastest growing jobs by 2026 and predict a 96 percent growth in the field.
Glassdoor has made their list of 50 best jobs in 2019, using salary, job satisfaction rating, and number of open jobs as criteria. They put data scientist with a base salary of $108,000, nursing manager with a base salary of $83,000, and marketing manager with a base salary of $82,000 in the top three slots.
U.S. News ranks the top three jobs of 2019 as physician assistant with an unemployment rate of .8 percent, statistician with an unemployment rate of .9 percent, and software developer with an unemployment rate of 1.9 percent.
Many of these lists have health workers and tech specialists in common. The outlook is bright for those skilled in software or data mining, and the healthcare field is always a reliable source of employment. Take your assessment test and then whittle down your options to determine if you have the training or schooling necessary to jump into a career you see yourself in for a long time. If you don’t meet the requirements, you’ll have the information you need to get started. Now on to the abundance of education and training choices. You can always ask for your grocery store job back while you’re taking courses.