Where is the job growth going to be in 2013? What areas should you focus on? And what job sectors are poised for growth? I have spent a lot of time and resources looking into which employment sectors are marked to blossom. Just like many of you out there who are unemployed or undermployed, I am also in the same boat.
2012 has been a challenging year for many who have been displaced from their job and are trying to get back into the job market. Many remain “underemployed” while attempting to get a job in their given industry. The unemployment number continues to fall, and companies are hiring, yet the competition for jobs remains fierce.
2013 is the year for change. It is time for many of us to go to where the jobs are rather than waiting to find something that was the same as what we were doing before we lost our job. It is time for us to reassess our skills and to focus on what value we can bring to a company. It is also the time for us to consider growth industries as a new career. I have been unemployed for about ten months. As such, much of my time has been devoted to researching hot sector jobs that are destined for job opportunities. I hope that my research will benefit those of you who are in need of a job.
Here are some job areas I see as poised to growth in 2013 based upon market research:
Online Marketing Research:
This industry is “hot” now as the need for qualitative data on consumer behavior in spending is becoming essential as social media and online conversations offer vital information for companies. Jobs as an Analyst, Client Relations Manager and Sales Executive are most needed in this space and people with brand management, marketing and social media experience should look into companies that provide online marketing research.
The construction sector was one of the hardest hit sectors in the Great Recession. Residential sales are beginning to pick up, especially in the west and east coast, as foreclosures and short sales have been absorbed into the marketplace. Construction companies are gearing up to rebuild their portfolio. Project Managers are needed as are Property Managers for new acquisitions and building starts.
Home Healthcare Workers:
This area continues to be in demand as many infirmed and elderly choose or are focused to, due to the high cost of Assisted Living, to stay in their homes. Nurses and Nurses Aides are needed to administer medication and tend to the needs of this growing population.
With the advent of the Reality show popularity more and more people are trying to become the next star on TV. There is a growing need for camera people and production workers to film sizzle reels for these individuals. If you have a video camera and the editing tool access, you can get much work from people who need your skills.
Mobile Technology is an area that I am really going to focus on abtaining a full time job in because it is very hot and alot of possibilities are sustainable. Mobile Technology is the new internet for buying. The applications for mobile purchasing are increasing at a feverish rate as more and more companies are adopting mobile technology. Many jobs are being created in this space to handle the demand for mobile retail buying. Sales, marketing, and consulting management are in demand positions in this space.
Home Concierge Services:
The people that have jobs are overloaded and extremely busy. They need help in managing their household. Dog walking and sitting, maid services, maintenance and home repair personnel continue to be needed for those too busy to deal with these chores.
Of all the places that America’s new jobs are, the emerging energy business, directly or indirectly, might be responsible for more of them than almost anything else. Pioneer Natural Resources, an Irving, Texas-based driller, has hired 400 people in the South Texas area in the last two years, says Joey Hall, vice president in charge of Pioneer’s South Texas Asset Team.
About three-quarters of those are blue-collar workers in the fields, he said. But the company has retained at least another 1,000 outside contractors to build rigs, drive trucks and do other work.
On top of that, the company added scientists and engineers back at headquarters to support both Eagle Ford and other operations, he said. In all, the company added 850 staffers in 2011 and another 500 in 2012– to a team of about 4,000.
“These are good, decent, honorable jobs,” Hall said. “People can and do leave satisfied to provide for their families.”
The picture is similar at ConocoPhillips, the nation’s biggest independent exploration company. Conoco added more than 500 jobs in Texas and North Dakota related to shale exploration in the last three years, spokeswoman Davy Kong said.
More than half were professional staff such as engineers, and the rest were field staff, such as mechanics and construction workers.
About 15% of the 54,000 new jobs expected in the Eagle Ford shale by 2021 will require a college degree, and a little more than 10% will require direct experience in the energy business, Tunstall said.
Community colleges and business groups are organizing training programs for those who need them. A federally funded $15 million program called ShaleNet plans to train pipeline operators and oil-field technicians nationwide, who are expected to follow work to new places as new fields open, said Laura Fisher, senior vice president for the Allegheny Conference, a business group in Pittsburgh.
At Pioneer, field hands and supervisors include everyone from military veterans to former schoolteachers, Hall said. Pipeline technician James Laake took about a $20,000 raise from his old job as a prison guard; the 24-year-old high school graduate, who has a welding certificate, said he needed only brief on-the job training.
Since 2002, the exploration of natural gas deposits embedded in shale, followed by oil drilling that began in earnest late in the decade, has created more than 1 million jobs, says Moody’s Analytics economist Chris Lafakis. That’s out of 2.7 million the whole country created.
Make 2013 your year for change by doing things differently. Look at your career as a new start to delve into areas you never considered. One constant we can all count on going forward is change. Success lies in your ability to adapt to change and make it work for you.
May your 2013 be filled with passion and purpose as you enter a new journey in your life!