Hot Jobs for 2013!

By Deanna Ting and Leslie BarrieHot Jobs 2013

Are you a veteran thinking about going to college or a recent college grad wondering about your job prospects?

Maybe you’re thinking about going back to school to earn a degree but want to first ensure that there are careers out there for you.

Either way, you’ll want to keep reading.  While there are no guarantees that a college degree will lead to a job, there are certain careers that are more appropriate for fresh college grads. Even better, these careers are also seeing an increase in job availability between 2010 and 2020.

Want to find out more? Read on for the best careers to consider.  The U.S. Department of Labor has forecast the following fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs through 2014:

• Accountant

• Teacher (All levels. Highlighted below:elementary school teacher)

• Registered nurse

• Computer software engineer

• Physical and occupational therapist

• Law enforcement officer

• Network systems administrator/analyst

• Health diagnosis technician

• Dental hygienist

These jobs are described below. For additional information about these and other jobs, contact the U.S. Department of Labor website (www.dol.gov).

Accountant

An accountant’s main objective is to prepare and examine financial records and to make sure that an organization or individual’s taxes are paid appropriately and punctually, notes the U.S. Department of Labor. Why it’s a hot job: Accountant positions are on the rise. The Department of Labor projects that demand for accountants will have grown by 16percent by 2020. And you’ll want to look beyond the commonly held assumption that accountants are “just number-crunchers.” In fact, accountants could work in a variety of industries, because they are needed at nearly every company or organization. Education options: A bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field is needed for most accountant and auditor positions, according to the Department of Labor.

Elementary School Teacher

Being a teacher to young children and forming the foundation for their lifelong pursuit of education could be a rewarding career option. Another plus? It’s a growing career, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Why it’s a hot job: Employment of elementary school teachers is projected to experience a 17 percent job growth by 2020, says the Department of Labor.  Keep in mind, though, that where you teach can have an impact on your chances of being employed as a teacher.  “High-risk areas like the inner city and more rural regions are always looking