Imagining life after graduation naturally runs through the minds of online students. Finding a niche in a desirable career field is commonly linked to that thought process.
How do you know which career to target? This blog post offers a few ideas to students who aren't sure where to look.
CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists recently released the best bachelor degree jobs for 2013. Selections were based on occupations with the most jobs added since 2010.
The following six jobs represent secure and thriving positions that online students should consider for the future:
1. Software Developers
Related degree: Computer Science; Information Technology (IT)
Software developers have seen 70,872 jobs added since 2010, which is almost double the number for the second place job category on this list.
Clearly, the evolution of modern technology is a driving force behind this ranking. Software developers are the technical minds behind computer programs. Some run the systems that allow you to navigate a computer, while others develop applications that enable you to complete specific tasks on a computer.
2. Accountants and auditors
Related degree: Accounting
Accounting positions have added 37,123 jobs since 2010. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), accountants and auditors ensure accuracy of financial records and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors also assess financial and organizational efficiencies.
3. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Related degree: Business Administration
These marketing positions have seen 31,335 jobs added since 2010. Market research analysts study market conditions in local, regional and national areas to examine potential sales of a product or service.
4. Computer Systems Analysts
Related degree: Computer Science; Information Technology
Computer systems analysts have added 26,937 jobs since 2010. Per the BLS, these professionals study an organization's current computer systems and procedures, and make recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively.
5. Human Resources Specialists
Related degree: Human Resource Management
These positions have seen an increase of 22,773 jobs since 2010. Human resources professionals recruit, screen, interview and place workers. According to the BLS, they also may handle human resources in a variety of other areas, such as employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training.
6. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Related degree: Computer Science, Information Technology
Noticing a theme? Computer science and IT positions occupied half of the jobs on this list. Opportunity exists for online students who are looking to break into these fields. Network and computer systems administrators have added 18,626 jobs since 2010. Per the BLS, these professionals are responsible for the day-to-day operation of an organization’s computer networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.
What other jobs could you see making this list? Extend the conversation and let us know in the comments section below.
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About the author: Eric Sorrentino joined Grantham University as Social Media Manager in October 2011. Prior to that, he blogged about Big 12 Conference athletics for KUsports.com and was a sports copy editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. Eric received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.