5 Hot Industries for 2012 and Beyond

Although the jobs outlook for the United States remains weak, there are still some industries that are aggressively hiring skilled workers. Many of the industries focus on information technology and health care. These two industries have staved off the recession and continue to recruit new candidates. Anyone who specializes in either of these industries can expect rewarding and fulfilling career choices. However, there are other industries outside of technology and health care that remain strong through the current employment crisis. Here is a look at five hot industries that are seeking new and skilled candidates:

Skilled Trades
Welders, plumbers and electricians top the list of the hottest job opportunities of 2012. Today, many educational institutions do not prepare students for skilled trades. Instead, schools focus on the use of technology and finance. Schools are failing to keep up with the need for skilled workers such as heavy equipment operators or master electricians. Jobs within the field of natural gas and oil fields are suffering from a shortage of skilled workers as well. This can lead to great career opportunities for those willing to spend a year or less learning one of the skilled trades within the industry. Often times, companies within these industries offer entry-level positions and train candidates in one of the specialized fields.

Engineering
Engineering remains one of the hottest industries in an otherwise sluggish economy. However, the lack of students pursuing a formal education in engineering hinders many engineering companies ability to maintain a strong workforce. A formal education is required to land a position in the field of engineering. A bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on science or technology is required to land an entry-level job.

Information Technology
The need for IT specialists remains strong. Companies are continuously updating their technologies in order to stay ahead of the competition. However, finding IT specialists who keep up with the rapid change in technology is a difficult challenge for companies. Anyone who has extensive experience in information technology will find that their skills are in high demand. Traditionally, a degree in computer programming or compute science is required. However, companies are willing to hire and train candidates with extensive experience in other computer related fields.

Financial Planners and Accounting Specialists

Hot jobs are available in both the finance and accounting industry. Public and private sectors are continuously seeking out skilled workers in both fields. Unfortunately, many new college students are not seeking out an education in either sector. The shortage of new students creates a heavy shortfall in skilled workers available to finance companies. Although there are 2 million people working in both industries, the ability to find new talent with updated skills is diminishing. The median income for entry-level workers is more than $35,000, while skilled auditors and editors earn more than $55,000 annually.

Customer Service Representatives/Sales Reps
Companies often beef up their sells staff during an economic crisis. The obvious reason is an attempt to generate more sales. This leads to a strong hiring wave in the field of customer service and sales. Wholesale and manufacturing sales jobs lead the way during the latest hiring wave of 2012. However, combining industry experience with sales experience is a difficult challenge for companies. Anyone who has industry specific experience coupled with sales experience should have no trouble finding a rewarding career with a handsome salary.

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