Welcome to the “2-Minute Money Manager,” a short video feature answering money questions submitted by readers and viewers.
Today’s question is about finding work; specifically, finding a job in an expanding industry, which could mean better opportunity and more money.
Watch the following video and you’ll pick up some valuable info. Or, if you prefer, scroll down to read the full transcript and find out what I said.
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For more information, check out “High Satisfaction, Great Pay Make These the Top 10 Jobs for 2018” and “20 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree.” You can also go to the search at the top of this page, put in the word “jobs” and find plenty of information on just about everything relating to this topic.
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Don’t want to watch? Here’s what I said in the video
Hello, and welcome to the “2-Minute Money Manager.” I’m your host, Stacy Johnson, and this two-minute answer is brought to you by MoneyTalksNews.com, serving up the best in personal finance, news and advice since 1991.
Today’s question comes from MaryAnn:
“How about an article with the fastest-growing jobs over the next 10 years? Thanks.”
Well, MaryAnn, I’ve got three things for you.
Thing No. 1: We’ve done this article. A lot
Go to MoneyTalksNews.com and do a search for “best jobs” and you’ll be reading till the cows come home. We’ve been doing articles like this for many years.
Thing No. 2: You already own this info
You can find this type of information, and lots more, any time you want. Take a trip to BLS.gov. BLS stands for the “Bureau of Labor Statistics,” which sounds dreadfully boring. But there is a lot of cool stuff here.
For example, do a search on their website for “fastest-growing occupations,” and next thing you know, you’re on a page with 20 of the fastest-growing jobs in America, along with their average pay. You can also click on the name of an occupation and it will take you to another page explaining more about it, including stuff like:
- How much education it takes
- How many jobs there are
- Exactly what’s involved in doing it
Go to BLS.gov and poke around a bit. You’ll find labor statistics aren’t as dry as they sound. It’s a great resource, and you’re already paying for it with your tax dollars.
Thing No. 3: Some interesting examples
I just told you two places to read this stuff. Now, I’m going to tell you that you don’t have to do so, because I pulled a few examples for you. These aren’t in any order: I just looked at the list of 20 and pulled a few that sounded interesting.
First, we have solar photovoltaic installer — or in layman’s terms, the folks who put solar panels on your roof. They make an average of $38,000 a year, and this occupation is expected to grow 105 percent over the next 10 years.
Next up are physician assistants, one of many jobs on the list in the medical field. This job pays an average of $105,000 a year, but requires a master’s degree. It’s expected to grow by 37 percent over the next 10 years.
Do you ride a bike? I do. Bicycle repairers can expect to make $28,000 a year.
Finally, here’s a field you won’t be surprised to find on the list: technology. Software developers average $102,000 a year. This job requires a bachelor’s degree and is expected to grow 24 percent over the next 10 years.
Interesting, right? Now, it’s your turn. Go to BLS.gov, look for the search at the top of the page, put in “fastest-growing occupations” and check it out. Even if you’re not looking for work, it’s interesting. Then, come back to MoneyTalksNews.com and look around here. It’s even more interesting!
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I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.
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