- Posted May 28, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Job growth rise in 2014 and beyond: Healthcare jobs and ‘big data’ analysts
For any citizen, it’s important to keep track of the industries that are experiencing a job growth boom, as well as those that experts predict will undergo a demand surge in coming years. Whether you’re a recent college graduate staring down the barrel of $100,000 in student loans that need to be repaid, or a longtime stay-at-home mom returning to the workforce and wondering what careers are hot, or even a man who’s just been laid off from a hated corporate career, here are a couple of promising industries to consider:
The booming health field in spite of slowed hospital hiring
According to Crain’s, the arena of healthcare is still adding jobs – nearly 20,000 of them in March 2014 alone, representing a slight but substantial increase to the total 14.7 million jobs in the field. This is good news, especially in light of the fact that hospital-hiring numbers as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics were relatively stagnant with only 1,700 new jobs reported for the same period.
Therefore, it appears that while the number of workers being hired inside of hospitals was almost unchanged for the month, other sources of healthcare workers experienced a boom – such as ambulatory-care providers and doctor’s offices.
These nuances in job growth in specific areas are great to have in your arsenal, because if you’re planning on entering the medical field, you’d want to know the various types of medical assistant careers that are available – be it an administrative kind of position in a small OB/GYN office, or a clinical assistant at a large plastic surgery firm, it helps to know who’s hiring and what qualifications you’ll need for the job.
Big data analysis equals large career potential
According to Kiplinger, another huge industry to keep in our radarscope is the area of big data analysis. With so much information streaming in from all manner of electronic devices – such as our web browsing history and searches, our smartphone information and even from traffic cameras – there’s a wealth of knowledge floating out there that represents a gold mine for those who are able to smartly analyze it and benefit from the conclusions.
For example, firms that are able to cull data on a frequent basis and examine it fast and accurately enough to ascertain that more individuals are texting, tweeting and in general chatting about a centralized topic – let’s say “gluten-free desserts” – will be the ones best positioned to capitalize on those new and emerging trends prior to companies that don’t have the ability or know-how to perform the same feats.
Therefore, data-savvy entrepreneurs, company heads and managers who put the wheels in motion to join the big data bandwagon just might be the ones who are well ahead of the game when others recognize the change. Already predictions state that sales of software with analytical capabilities will rise by 30% each year until 2017.
Being privy to information about job growth in the healthcare field and big data segment can help direct career choices from 2014 and beyond.