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Best Career Fields in 2022


Christian talk radio with Rob West

July 14, 2022

Our work should glorify God. That makes choosing the right career field especially important. If you’re deciding on a career path or looking to make a change, today on MoneyWise, we’ve got a list of the best careers for 2022. First, we should note that best, in this context, refers to careers where you’re likely to see the most job growth in the months and years ahead, which should always be one factor in your decision. You don’t want to spend money or worse, borrow it to pursue a career where you won’t be able to find a job or find one that pays enough to meet your needs. Yes, career satisfaction is important, but so is earning a living. HEALTHCARE: So first on our list, though these aren’t in any particular order, is healthcare. As you can imagine, the COVID pandemic hit this field hard, and healthcare providers are in huge demand. Estimates show that between 200, 000 and 500, 000 new registered nurses will be needed in the next five years. That’s because about 30% of them report they’re considering leaving the field. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and a license, but the median annual income for registered nurses is $75, 000. If you’re thinking about going a step further, about four years of med school and three years of residency further, medical doctors will be in high demand in the next decade with nearly 20, 000 new physician positions opening up. That’s a lot of education and on-the-job training, but if you make it through and become board certified, the annual median salary for a medical doctor is over $210, 000. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: These jobs include purchasing, logistics, and distribution. If you’re good at math and like tinkering with systems to make them run efficiently, this field is for you. You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree and the median annual salary is $85, 000. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: It shouldn’t come as a surprise that IT makes the list. The information technology field is constantly expanding. Many of these jobs are now offered with the ability to work remotely, so if you’d rather spend your time with code than with people, IT is something to consider. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 300, 000 new IT positions will open up before 2030. The median salary is around $100, 000 a year. You don’t necessarily need a degree for IT work, but it will certainly provide more opportunities than not having one. HUMAN RESOURCES: If you do like working with people, human resources is expected to be another field enjoying significant growth in the years ahead with nearly 50, 000 new jobs by 2029. You’ll also need a bachelor’s degree to advance in human resources. but expect an annual median salary of around $65, 000. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: Financial management is another biggie. Job growth there is expected to increase by 15% over the next 10 years. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree, but many companies prefer candidates with an MBA. It’s definitely worth it, though, as the median annual salary is around $120, 000. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: If you like building things, or better yet, watching and supervising other people building things, construction management could be for you. You’ll usually need a bachelor’s degree to become a construction manager, but the annual median salary is around $100, 000. Okay, so far, all of these have required at least a bachelor’s degree. But what if college isn’t for you? What about jobs that don’t require that level of education? Well, fear not, there are plenty. LAW ENFORCEMENT: If you’re good at handling stressful situations, you might consider a career as a police officer. You’ll need a high school diploma and a driver’s license, and you’ll have to pass written and physical testing and go through cadet and on-the-job training. You can expect more than 40, 000 new police officer positions to open up in the next decade with a median salary of $65, 000. INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY MECHANIC: If you like tinkering with nuts and bolts, consider a career as an industrial machinery mechanic. Employers are likely to offer on-the-job training for these positions, and you can expect more than 60, 000 industrial mechanic positions to open up by the end of the decade. All you need is a high school diploma or equivalent, and the median annual salary is over $55, 000. Those are some of the top career fields for job growth in the years ahead. We hope you’ll find the information helpful as you choose yours. On today’s program, Rob also answers listener questions: ● Does it matter when you pay your credit card payment each month? ● What kind of loan is best for home repairs? ● How can you safeguard your investment funds ahead of retirement?

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