LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Multiple reports indicate steady economic growth will prompt employers to hire at a modest pace through the end of 2013 and into early next year. UCLA Extension offers a review of the best jobs for growth, which careers are in demand, and tips for getting to the top of the consideration list.
“In what still is – by many measures – a tight job market, the keys to success are readiness, adapting to change and building your personal brand. Enhancing your skills through continued higher education remains the best strategy for advancement in this ongoing competitive environment.”
An across-the-board hiring boom is not imminent as employers remain cautious about the economy, according to many current economic reports (LAEDC midyear 2013-2014). However, some industries – such as technology and health care – and geographic regions – such as the Western United States – are faring better than others.
“Mid-career professionals and others seeking to advance or rejoin the workforce in their desired sector must continue to be properly positioned when opportunity presents itself,” said Michelle Stiles, Interim Dean of UCLA Extension and Continuing Education. “In what still is – by many measures – a tight job market, the keys to success are readiness, adapting to change and building your personal brand. Enhancing your skills through continued higher education remains the best strategy for advancement in this ongoing competitive environment.”
In the general employment arena, revenue-related jobs – such as those tied to sales and customer service – remain at the forefront of hiring in the remainder of 2013, according to CareerBuilder. Higher-skilled jobs also remain in demand, but professionals in these fields are expected to see greater competition in part because of these positions tend to offer higher pay, according to UCLA Extension.
Mid-year hiring forecasts indicate demands in many professions aligning with courses and certificate programs offered by UCLA Extension. For example:
- Financial Services. Increased regulations on financial institutions and businesses are requiring business owners and managers to either gain additional knowledge or hire individuals with expertise in new laws and credit requirements. Employers indicated in the CareerBuilder survey a 10-percent increase in hires in jobs that deal with financial regulation. One of the newest certificate programs offered by UCLA Extension is for Credit Analysis and Management. In the long-term, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 17-percent growth in financial planning jobs by 2020.
- Health Care Management. Hospitals and health care organizations are reporting a need for mid- and senior-level nurses and managers who can handle institutional changes and motivate staff to implement the laws of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One of the newest certificates at UCLA Extension is primarily focused on the ACA: Transformational Leadership in Health Care. Experienced managers with team building skills and knowledge are in high demand. According to the Labor Department, opportunities for medical and health services managers are projected to grow by 29 percent through 2020.
- Information Technology and Technical Management. With database managers earning more than $110,000 a year and the demand for expertise in cloud computing, cyber security, and analyzing “big data,” it’s no surprise that tech-related jobs represent the highest percent of hires among companies for the remainder of 2013. UCLA Extension offers a range of information system courses and certificates, as well as a technical manager five-day session. The Labor Department predicts a 22-percent growth in IT jobs through 2020. Extension’s Technical Management Program (TMP) is held twice a year, with the next beginning Sept. 15.
- Human Resources. Highlighted in recent news articles as one of six careers with a bright future, human resource specialists and managers are recruited by companies that tie financial success and growth to talented, productive workers. While companies continue to utilize technology to improve efficiencies, HR departments are counted on to attract, develop, deploy, motivate, and retain top talent that will work with new technologies and processes. With some of the nation’s most experienced instructors, Human Resources Management courses and certificates are helping to meet a projected 10 percent job growth by 2020.
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