The Best and In Demand Occupation

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The Best and In Demand Occupation

It is no secret that job layoffs, outsourcing and cutbacks have become the norm in today’s economy. If you are just graduating college, looking to change your career or have been the unfortunate victim of company downsizing, you probably want to know America’s fastest growing jobs.

Here is the list

1. INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS

1. Psychologist
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Industrial-organizational psychologists help plan policies, carry out screenings, and develop training sessions that are best suited for the morale and personality of a particular company or organization.

Entry-level education   Master’s degree
Median Salary   $79,680*
Number of Jobs   1,100*
Job Outlook   53% (much faster than average)*

What are most important skills for a industrial-organizational psychologist?

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Observational skills
  • Patience

Do industrial-organizational psychologists need a license or certification?

Licensing laws vary by state and type of position, but in most cases, practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure or certification.

2. INTERPRETERS AND TRANSLATORS

2. Translators and Interpreters
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Interpreters and translators facilitate communication between people who speak different languages. Although some people do both, interpreting and translating are different professions: interpreters work with spoken communication, and translators work with written communication.

Entry-level education   Bachelor’s degree
Median Salary   $45,430*
Number of Jobs   63,600*
Job Outlook   46% (much faster than average)*

What are most important skills for an interpreter or translator?

  • Business skills
  • Concentration
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Interpersonal skills

Do interpreters and translators need a license or certification?

There is currently no universal certification required of interpreters and translators beyond passing the required court interpreting exams offered by most states

3. DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHERS

3. Medical Sonographers
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Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly skilled professionals who specialize in creating images of the body’s organs and tissues, known as sonograms (or ultrasounds) for assessing and diagnosing various medical conditions.

Entry-level education   Associate’s degree
Median Salary   $60,350*
Number of Jobs   110,400*
Job Outlook   46% (much faster than average)*

What are most important skills for a diagnostic medical sonographer?

  • Detail oriented
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Physical stamina

Do diagnostic medical sonographers need a license or certification?

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification that can be earned by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam

4. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS

4. Occupational Therapy Assistant
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Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Their Work duties range from teaching the proper way for patients to move from a bed into a wheelchair to the best way to stretch their muscles. Occupational therapy assistants also may work with people with learning disabilities to teach them skills that allow them to be more independent.

Entry-level education   Associate’s degree
Median Salary   $48,940*
Number of Jobs   38,600*
Job Outlook   41% (much faster than average)*

What are most important skills for a occupational therapy assistant?

  • Compassion
  • Detail oriented
  • Flexibility
  • Interpersonal skills

Do occupational therapy assistants need a license or certification?

Most states require occupational therapy assistants to be licensed or registered. Licensure typically requires the completion of an accredited occupational therapy assistant education program, completion of all fieldwork requirements, and passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

5. GENETIC COUNSELORS

5. Genetic Counselors
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Genetic counselors use genetics to predict whether a baby is likely to have hereditary disorders (such as Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis) as well as in order to test whether an adult is likely to develop chronic disease, or cancer. They share this information with other health professionals, such as physicians, and with patients and their families.

Entry-level education   Masters’s degree
Median Salary   $56,800*
Number of Jobs   2,100*
Job Outlook   41% (much faster than average)*

What are most important skills for a genetic counselor?

  • Compassion
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Speaking skills

Do genetic counselors need a license or certification?

Some states currently require a license in genetic counseling, and other states have pending legislation for licensure. Certification is typically needed to get a license. To become certified, a student must first complete a master’s degree program that is certified by American Board of Genetic Counseling.

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