Are you hunting for a new job? Research and recent data show that the healthcare field is still leading the way for growth in the coming year. Jobs in this and several other industries are expected to grow by 20 percent or more over the next few years, so start your search by looking for one of these 10 great careers in 2014.
Turn your passion for fitness into a lucrative job by becoming an athletic trainer. You'll work with individuals of all age and skill levels to prevent, diagnose and treat muscle and bone injuries through physical activity. Most trainers work with students and professional athletes. This position often requires a bachelor's degree, as well as a state license or certification. [Learn more about this job]
Product manufacturers, construction project planners and service providers all have costs associated with running their respective businesses. In order to figure out their projected expenses, these business owners will often hire cost estimators to determine the time, money, resources and labor required for their operations. This can be a high-pressure, stressful position, but the field has a projected growth rate of 36 percent. [Learn more about this job]
As ongoing research continues to link oral health with overall health, the demand for dental services is expected to increase by 38 percent. Unlike a dentist, a hygienist strictly provides preventative dental care, and therefore, the job only requires an associate's degree and a state license. As a dental hygienist, you would work in a dentist's office and perform teeth cleanings and examinations for oral diseases like gingivitis. [Learn more about this job]
Jobs for people who know how to install and maintain electrical systems are expected to grow by nearly 25 percent over the next several years. You don't need a college education for this job, but most electricians receive training through a formal apprenticeship or by attending a technical school. Many states require you to be licensed before you can start working as an electrician. [Learn more about this job]
An event planner can work in all kinds of settings, planning a variety of gatherings. This occupation is most commonly associated with planning parties, weddings and social events, but professional event planners also often organize business meetings and conventions where industry leaders connect with one another. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for event planners is rising due to an increase in global business. [Learn more about this job]
Want to work in the health care field but don't have a degree? You don't need a college diploma to work as a medical assistant, as most people in this occupation are trained on the job. As an assistant, you'll work with physicians and other health practitioners to complete administrative and clinical tasks around the office. [Learn more about this job]
Personal care aide
As the baby boomer generation gets older, there will be a corresponding increase in the demand for personal aides to help care for this population. Aides are generally responsible for assisting with bathing, dressing and housekeeping for the disabled or chronically ill, and in some cases, these aides may administer medication. You don't need a degree or prior experience to work in a private residence, but working in a certified hospice or care facility requires formal training and a standardized test. [Learn more about this job]
Public relations specialist
Writing press releases, planning events and fundraising are just a few of the many tasks of a public relations specialist. Clients, who are often high-profile businesses or well-known personalities, count on you to boost their public image while spreading the word about them through various media outlets. Many specialists work at established PR firms, but if you excel at marketing, you can start your own business in this field and cater to smaller businesses. [Learn more about this job]
This job category is expected to grow by 26 percent, so there's never been a better time to become a registered nurse (RN). Most nurses have an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing, but you can become a RN by graduating from a registered nursing program and passing a national licensing exam. RNs provide and coordinate patient care, education and support in settings like schools, hospitals, nursing homes and physician's offices. [Learn more about this job]
A strong set of computer programming skills and a bachelor's degree in computer science can land you a job as a software developer. The market for computer software is continually expanding, and tech companies need developers to design their applications and systems. Most software developers work full-time for computer systems design firms, software publishers and computer/electronic manufacturers. [Learn more about this job]
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.