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18 Fast Growing Careers for 2013


Software developers and accountants should have the most success finding new jobs in 2013 if trends of the last few years continue, new research finds.

The fastest-growing field over the past two years, software developer has added nearly 71,000 jobs, a 7 percent growth. That includes positions for both applications and systems software.

Accountants and auditors had the second-largest increase in jobs over the last two years, with more than 37,000 positions added, the research by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists found.

Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, believes job growth in 2013 will follow the growth patterns of the last few years.

"It’s no surprise that technology and engineering occupations comprise six of the top 10 positions on our list, but workers should also see more opportunities in production-related fields, marketing, health care and financial services," Ferguson said. "The competition for educated, specialized labor has intensified as market demands increase in both the manufacturing and services sectors."

  • Other occupations requiring bachelor degrees that have produced the most jobs post-recession:
  • Market research analysts and marketing specialists: Added 31,335 jobs, 10 percent growth.
  • Computer systems analysts: Added 26,937 jobs, 5 percent growth.
  • Human resources, training and labor relations specialists: Added 22,773 jobs, 5 percent growth.
  • Network and computer systems administrators: Added 18,626 jobs, 5 percent growth.
  • Sales representatives (wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific): Added 17,405 jobs, 4 percent growth.
  • Information security analysts, Web developers and computer network architects: Added 15,715 jobs, 5 percent growth.
  • Mechanical engineers: Added 13,847 jobs, 6 percent growth.
  • Industrial engineers: Added 12,269 jobs, 6 percent growth.
  • Computer programmers: Added 11,540 jobs, 3 percent growth.
  • Financial analysts: Added 10,016 jobs, 4 percent growth.
  • Public relations specialists: Added 8,541 jobs, 4 percent growth.
  • Logisticians: Added 8,522 jobs, 8 percent growth.
  • Database administrators: Added 7,468 jobs, 7 percent growth.
  • Meeting, convention and event planners: Added 7,072 jobs, 10 percent growth.
  • Cost estimators: Added 6,781 jobs, 3 percent growth.
  • Personal financial advisers: Added 5,212 jobs, 3 percent growth.

The study used Economic Modeling Specialists' labor market database, which pulls from more than 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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