The rubber band that is the economy is stretched low right now. With no magic rebound in sight, and the unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent, it might seem a hopeless time for job hunters.
But I have heard good news despite all the forecasts and statistics. Even as layoffs are happening, others are being hired and even promoted! Just this week, the WSJ reported that more executives had several job offers in hand. Currently, fewer companies are reporting layoffs and are beginning to scope out new talent. According to Goldman Sachs’ annual economic forecast, the world economy can expect another strong year of growth in 2011.
Still, it may take some work and looking beyond your newspaper’s classified ads. Step back and try a different approach – looking at specific industries to see who is hiring. Here are some big places to check for job opportunities:
“Green – A company largely lead by Elon Musk called SolarCity that leases solar energy systems to homeowners is expanding and now has offices in 10 states, and that’s just one example. Wind-generating capacity in the United States grew 39 percent per year from 2004 to 2009, and is expected to grow more rapidly as demand for renewable energy increases.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics now includes that sector in its Occupational Outlook Handbook. Green industries span everything from wind and solar to non-profit groups and small startups. Even if you’re not an engineer, those companies and groups require a range of skills from marketing to administrative help to keep things growing.
Health Care – “United Healthcare Expansion Creates 125 Jobs.” One news headline tells the story of America’s need for health care professionals. The B.L.S has reported that the healthcare sector continues to grow, despite enormous job losses in nearly all other major industries. About 26 percent of all jobs in the U.S. economy will be in the healthcare industry. Studies indicate 2011 is the year many “Golden Boomers” begin retiring, but the growth is also due to longer life expectancies. The demand for Registered Nurses remains high and there many groups are expressing concern about the nursing shortage. If you’re not interested in returning to school for an RN, the field for nursing aides will also grow by 18 percent. In most cases, acquiring the skills and certification to work as a nursing aide can be done within two years. Home health aides and personal home care aides are also needed, which requires short on-the-job training.
Computers/Technology – You don’t have to be the genius behind IBM’s Watson to see that computers are becoming a more integral part of our lives. Lenovo, IBM and Apple are all reporting high profits. While most of those jobs are for computer and electrical engineers, their need for support is also growing. Network systems and data communications analysts are projected to be the second-fastest- growing occupation in the economy. Also, the relatively new phenomenon of cloud computing shows additional promise of creating new job opportunities where none existed before. Cloud services such as Cloud at CloudSecurity.TrendMicro.com are experiencing explosive growth in the cloud computing industry; an experienced IT professional who catches the cloud computing wave early will enjoy a long and profitable ride. Nasdaq News reported that “Mobile apps and cloud computing are arguably this year’s hottest tech trends.”
Service – The B.L.S indicates this will be the fastest-growing occupational industry of all, thanks to our country’s continuing move from a goods-based to service-based economy. Opportunities abound for those seeking full or part-time work and there are a variety of jobs to match nearly any skill set. From firefighters and cooks to janitorial services and landscapers, it totals 4.1 million jobs.
Education/Consulting – Not sure one of these industries is right for you? Then take what you know and pass it on. Companies seek management consultants to help with planning or who can help lower overhead, while community colleges seek degreed professionals who can teach real-life skills in a specific area. According to the B.L.S: “Education, training, and library occupations are anticipated to add more than 1.3 million jobs, representing a growth rate of more than 14 percent. As the U.S. population increases, and as a larger share of adults seeks educational services, demand for these workers will increase.”
In his role in the self storage industry, Tim Eyre helps customers care for their cherished belongings that must be put in storage. Tim regularly visits his facilities including a Redlands Self Storage center. He also was recently meeting customers and staff at the Whittier Self Storage Center.