What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

Jan 31, 2012 by

Written by: David Augustinho
January 27 2012
Barnstable Patriot
Well, I need to change the question a little bit. “What shouldI be when I grow up?” would be a better way to phrase the question; because today I want to talk about projections of jobs that will provide employment in years to come.Now just a brief disclaimer when it comes to projections. Many factors can influence what may happen in the national, state and local labor markets over the next few years. The data that I’m using projects the period 2008 to 2018. So a word of caution, as your financial planner will tell you, future projections based on historic data may not always be accurate.For the Massachusetts and for the Cape and Islands, the same three occupations top the list of most job openings per year. Cashiers, waiters and waitresses, and retail salespersons will have the most jobs.The order is slightly different for both areas, with the state maintaining the order above and our region listing waiters and waitresses, retail salespersons, and cashiers in order. Interestingly, at both the state and local level the total number of waiters and waitresses is projected to grow with total employment of cashiers and retail salespersons declining slightly.Registered nurses also rank highly at the state and local levels; fourth most jobs at the state level and sixth most at the local level. Total growth for registered nurses will be over 17 percent in the state and 12 percent locally.

Another rapidly growing medical occupational area in both the state and on the Cape and Islands is home health aides and personal/home care aides. These jobs are expected to grow about 40 percent til 2018 on the Cape and close to the same statewide. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants are also increasing in our region, but a bit slower than statewide.

One of the local occupations expected to decrease over the period is carpenters. In our region the projection is for about a 20 percent decrease and for the state a loss of 11 percent.

As you’d expect, in our region restaurant employees including cooks, food prep workers, and bartenders will be in demand.

OK, now if I were answering the question “what should I be when I grow up?,” especially for a young people contemplating their career choices, here is a list of high-demand, high-skilled, high-wage occupations. These are not in any particular order:

• Marketing Managers

• Computer and Information Systems Managers

• Education Administrators, Postsecondary

• Medical and Health Services Managers

• Social and Community Service Managers

• Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists

• Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

• Training and Development Specialists

• Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other

• Management Analysts

• Business Operations Specialists, All Other

• Accountants and Auditors

• Financial Analysts

• Personal Financial Advisors

• Computer Software Engineers, Applications

• Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software

• Computer Systems Analysts

• Database Administrators

• Network and Computer Systems Administrators

• Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

• Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

• Civil Engineers

• Environmental Engineers

• Industrial Engineers

• Biochemists and Biophysicists

• Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

• Chemists

• Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

• Market Research Analysts

• Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

• Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors

• Medical and Public Health Social Workers

• Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

• Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

• Postsecondary Teachers

• Kindergarten Teachers

• Elementary School Teachers

• Middle School Teachers

• Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School

• Special Education Teachers, Middle School

• Instructional Coordinators

• Multi-Media Artists and Animators

• Public Relations Specialists

• Technical Writers

• Pharmacists

• Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

• Registered Nurses

• Occupational Therapists

• Physical Therapists

• Dental Hygienists

• Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

• Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

• Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

These are the 21st century opportunities that should be in demand and at the top of the earnings curve. If you want more information about any of these occupations please visit the WIB’s redesigned website www.ciwib.org and use the ONET widget on the site.

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