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Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be giving a few presentations at the University of Minnesota about job search, networking and how work… how we do it, when and where is changing.

Part of the presentation is what employers are looking for now and how that may change over the next few years. And in part how these jobs, the skills needed for them, may change.

In doing the research I’ll be posting some info here on the blog.

There are some obvious trends with “Top Jobs in the U.S.” surveys… I.T. and health care dominate most of the “top jobs” because of demand and salary. Next comes some marketing and sales. That’s a not surprise as companies are hyper focused on growing revenue. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are also highly ranked.

Note that the surveys use different data for their rankings but generally come to the same results.

U.S. News has 100 Best Jobs of 2015 measuring a number of data points including job growth, median salary, stress and work-life balance.

Here are their Top 10:

  1. Dentist
  2. Nurse Practitioner
  3. Software Developer
  4. Physician
  5. Dental Hygienist
  6. Physical Therapist
  7. Computer Systems Analyst
  8. Information Security Analyst
  9. Registered Nurse
  10. Physician Assistant

This CareerBuilder survey Top Jobs for 2015 That Don’t Require a College Degree and Those That Do takes average number of people hired per month and compared that to job postings from online sites.

Jobs that require a college degree:

  1. Marketing Executive
  2. Software Developer, Applications
  3. Registered Nurse
  4. Industrial Engineer
  5. Network and Computer System Administrator
  6. Web Developer
  7. Medical and Health Services Manager
  8. Physical Therapist
  9. Speech-Language Pathologist
  10. Sales Manager

Jobs that do not require a college degree:

  1. Truck Driver, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
  2. Merchandise Displayer and Window Trimmer
  3. Orderly
  4. Sales Representative, Wholesale and Manufacturing
  5. Purchasing Manager
  6. Medical Records and Health Information Technician
  7. Telemarketer
  8. Demonstrator and Product Promoter

This from GlassDoor 25 Best Jobs in America for 2015… their ranking is based on their own data of job openings, average base salary and career opportunities:

  1. Physician Assistant
  2. Software Engineer
  3. Business Development Manager
  4. Human Resources Manager
  5. Finance Manager
  6. Marketing Manager
  7. Database Administrator
  8. Product Manager
  9. Data Scientist
  10. Sales Manager
  11. Solutions Architect
  12. Mechanical Engineer
  13. QA Engineer
  14. Business Analyst
  15. Electrical Engineer
  16. Network Engineer
  17. Civil Engineer
  18. Audit Manager
  19. Physical Therapist
  20. IT Project Manager
  21. Client Services Manager
  22. Supply Chain Manager
  23. Mobile Developer
  24. Nurse Practitioner
  25. Sales Engineer

A generalization… if you are good at the business side of things learn some of the technology. If good at the technology learn some of the business.

And regardless of your age, education level, skills, personality, strengths and weaknesses… never stop learning something new.


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