11 Most Promising Occupations

29 Oct 2018

11 Most Promising Occupations for College Graduates

College is not cheap. The average bachelor’s degree takes 4 years of studying and costs $105,070. Despite these facts every year thousands of people rush into their education without any research about the most promising occupations.

Before starting any degree it’s important to know why you are working for it. Will it allow you the lifestyle you want? Would you enjoy the work? How employable will you be with your degree? How quickly would you be able to pay back your student loans?

Most Promising Occupations

All things considered, here is a list in no particular order of the most promising careers in the United States. Each of these typically require a bachelor’s degree.  They offer the best combination of growth outlook and median pay. For a benchmark in the US the average 10 year growth outlook is 7%.  The median pay for all occupations is $37,690.

1. Software Developers

Without doubt these are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the systems that run the devices or that control networks.

The 10-year growth outlook is an exciting 24% growth and the median pay is $103,560 making it one of the most promising careers of all.

2. Accountants

Accountants prepare and examine financial records. Additionally, they ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.

The 10-year growth outlook is slightly above average at 10% and the median pay is $69,350.

3. Statisticians 

These math experts analyze data and apply mathematical and statistical techniques.  To put it differently, they solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields.

The 10 year growth outlook is a whopping 33% and the median pay is $84,760.

4. Information Security Analysts

These analysts are responsible for security measures to protect an organization’s networks as well as IT systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

The 10-year growth outlook is an impressive 28% which is four times the national average.  The median pay is $95,510.

5. General Operations Managers

These business operators devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. In short, they plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies.

The growth outlook is about average at 8% and the median pay is $104,700.

6. Genetic Counselors

Genetic Counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. In addition, they provide information and support to other healthcare providers.  They also work with individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.

The 10-year growth outlook is 29% and the median pay is $77,480.

7. Computer & Information Systems Managers

Often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization in order to implement computer systems to meet those goals.

The 10-year growth outlook is 12% with median pay at $139,220.

8. Architectural & Engineering Managers

These designers plan, direct, and coordinate activities for architectural and also engineering companies. The 10-year growth outlook is about average at 6% and the median pay is one of the highest at $137,720.

9. Commercial Pilots

Pilots are among the most promising occupations.  They fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. The 10-year growth outlook is only 4% (slower than average) and the median pay is $111,930.

10. Management Analysts

Often called management consultants, they propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. Accordingly, they advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

The growth outlook is about double the national average at 14% and the median pay is $82,450.

11. Petroleum Engineers

These engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and also gas. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. The 10-year growth outlook is 15%  and the median pay is $132,280.

In summary,if you are college-bound or if it’s time to select a major you can’t go wrong with these 11 most promising occupations.  When considering the pay and the overall growth of the field these career directions are sure to provide contact with the opportunity to create an amazing career!

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