Job seekers should have an easier time finding work over the next several years, research finds.
A new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International revealed that job growth in the United States is expected to be slightly faster over the next five years than it was over the last five. Specifically, the report projects the U.S. workforce to grow 4.4 percent between 2013 and 2017 — a faster rate than the 3.5 percent growth in the 2009-2013 period, but still down from the 5.8 percent growth seen during the pre-recession, 2003-2007 period.
"Barring any major shocks to the economy, the short-term job outlook in the U.S. will likely continue developments seen during the recovery — specifically, significant growth for jobs that require a college education, and occupations in health care, energy and technology," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.
The positions expected to experience the most growth include:
- Personal care and home health aides: adding 463,965 new jobs, a 21 percent increase
- Market research analysts and marketing specialists: adding 60,889 new jobs, a 14 percent increase
- Medical secretaries: adding 76,386 new jobs, a 14 percent increase
- Emergency medical technicians and paramedics: adding 30,234 new jobs, a 13 percent increase
- Software developers (systems and applications): adding 11,0049 new jobs, an 11 percent increase
- Medical assistants: adding 60,109 new jobs, a 10 percent increase
- Registered nurses: adding 256,703 new jobs, a 9 percent increase
- Network and computer systems administrators: adding 34,825 new jobs, a 9 percent increase
- Pharmacy technicians: adding 31,975 new jobs, a 9 percent increase
- Landscaping and groundskeeping workers: adding 111,444 new jobs, a 9 percent increase
- Social and human service assistants: adding 34,411 new jobs, a 9 percent increase
- Computer systems analysts: adding 40,462 new jobs, an 8 percent increase
- Management analysts: adding 60,157 new jobs, an 8 percent increase
- Restaurant cooks: adding 79,364 new jobs, an 8 percent increase
- Insurance sales agents: adding 52,565 new jobs, an 8 percent increase
In addition to the growth predicted for certain positions, job growth is also expected to vary by city. The research found that 23 of the 52 largest metro areas will outpace the projected national rate of job growth, led by three cities in Texas (Austin, Houston and San Antonio ), followed by Raleigh, N.C., and Phoenix, Ariz. For those seeking the biggest payday, Washington, D.C., is poised to have the largest share of new jobs in the high-wage sector.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.