When I was young I wanted to be a teacher. Unfortunately the year I graduated from university there were many more teachers than teaching positions. I had no Plan B, and for years I struggled with what to do, what to be. Lesson learned – always have a Plan B.

If you are at a point where you need to choose Plan A or Plan B, the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics recently updated its its Occupational Outlook Handbook. Apparently this book is over 1000 pages of tiny print, but the content is important as in this gem you will find a 10-year projection of expected demand, compensation, and educational requirements for some 350 jobs.

And although I do not endorse choosing a career simply because it pays well, or the prospects look good, I do think that research in general is a good as it stirs ideas.

Here’s a synopsized overview: the two major growth areas are in IT and medicine. In fact the first three are software developer, registered nurse and pharmacist. But teachers are within the top 20, and public relations managers within the top 50.

As critical as what’s up and coming are the ones that are dying. No surprise that switchboard operators made that list (honestly, does anyone do that work anymore?). But also shoemakers are a dying art (although we will still need some, for custom work), as are postal workers.

Curious to see where your dream job ranks? I imagine that you will find this handbook, published by JIST Works, in your school or municipal library. Working to your career success, Stephanie

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