As long as there are problems to solve, there will be work for us to do. And in 2017, the key areas that will need problem solvers are business/finance, IT, health care, sales, and the skilled trades.
To help you understand the types of jobs and specific job titles that employers are and will be looking for, we looked at the prevailing labor market trends within these five sectors and isolated a handful of job titles that (1) display the strongest growth, (2) employ the most people (and hence offer opportunities for many, not just a few), (3) provide solid salaries, and (4) show intense recruiting activity (through online job postings).
At a high level, in business and finance, companies need people who can manage business operations and use data and analytics to improve operations. IT is experiencing a huge need for workers who can build, measure, improve, and sustain products and services. In health care, people who can provide advanced and specialized care are in demand. Sales people—those who create and manage client relationships and solve complex business problems for customers—are vital to many companies. And when it comes to the skilled trades, our nation needs highly skilled people to maintain the vast array of complicated homes, offices, buildings, and infrastructure we all depend on.
Read on for a bit more detail about each sector and the job titles that stood out.
Business and Finance
Nearly eight million people work in business and finance with an interesting mix of jobs—ranging from operations to people management to analytics. Since 2012, business and finance jobs have grown by 8%, adding some 585,000 jobs to the economy. The greatest number of jobs postings are for operations managers and financial analysts. Both average nearly 20,000 unique job postings per month.
Nearly 4.4 million people work in what is popularly known at IT, or what the BLS terms computer and mathematical occupations. They have increased by 12% since 2012, adding over 470,000 jobs. We see an interesting trend with the folks who can build (engineers and user interface/front end development), manage (product managers), and analyze the data for a wide variety of uses (data scientists). These jobs also pay very well and require a lot of specialized technical skill.