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Top 10 Occupations in Demand

I recently saw a story about Linda Carson, the beloved news anchor/reporter at WWSB in Sarasota, Florida. It was amazing enough that her career at the ABC affiliate spanned two decades, but astounding that her television career has spanned half a century.*

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Carson’s story is a rare one in television news these days. I can think of only a handful of journalists who have been at one station more than 20 years, and it is hats off to the likes of them; Jerry Revish and Mike Davis in Columbus Ohio, Linda Cavanaugh in Oklahoma City, David Paul in Houston, Texas. Such career longevity in any career seems to be going the way of the Dodo bird and dinosaur.

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In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2012 the average tenure of an employee was 4.6 years. Forbes recently reported on a survey which found Millennials, those born between 1977 to 1997, were staying at jobs for less than three years.

That left me with a question; what jobs or professions are still out there that may offer longevity in the future? I took medical doctors out of the equation as they are require more very specific education and training.

Here are the top ten occupations that are expected to see an increase in numbers in the next five years. The projections come from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. I’ve included the percentage of expected growth though 2022 and current salary.

Top 10 Occupations with 5-Yr Projected Growth & Salary

1. Industrial-organizational psychologists – 53%
$83,580 per year

2. Personal care aides – 49%
$19,910 per year

3. Home health aides – 48%
$20,820 per year

4. Insulation workers, mechanical – 47%
$39,170 per year

5. Interpreters and translators – 46%
$45,430 per year

6. Diagnostic medical sonographers – 46%
$65,860 per year

7. Helpers–brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters -43%
$28,220 per year

8. Occupational therapy assistants -43%
$53,240 per year

9. Genetic counselors – 41%
$56,800 per year

10. Physical therapist assistants – 41%
$52,160 per year

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Remember, these are not the highest paid occupations, but those that are projected to be in demand in the future.


*I must give full disclosure at this point and let you know that I had the pleasure of working with Linda’s daughter Cathi who is an attorney and journalist. As a result I had the joy of meeting Mrs. Carson, the widow of the late-great NFL coach Bud Carson.

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Tonya McCleary Tonya McCleary is a veteran TV journalist and manager, talent coach, managing editor for Exhale for Women Empowerment Magazine and author of "How to Get Your Kid in College and Live to Tell the Tale." She is an expert in financing higher education and saving on college costs. Tonya is also the owner of Tri M Media Marketing Maven LLC, providing crisis management and media-readiness coaching to businesses and athletes. For more info: www.MediaMarketingMaven.com.
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