CareerBuilder releases hottest jobs of 2017

If you’re pining for a better-paying job, try a data scientist or developer. Both of these jobs average $30-$50 an hour, and are among the highest-paying jobs in demand right now.

If information technology isn’t your thing, try sales, healthcare, or something in trade, like being an electrician. All jobs in these fields average at least $20 an hour and are some of the fastest-growing positions in the labor market right now, according to a new study from CareerBuilder and labor market data provider Emsi.

The list was made up based on three factors:

  1. occupations that pay, on average, around $20 or more per hour;
  2. have grown faster than the overall labor market from 2012 to 2016; and
  3. have a critical mass of jobs.

“Our research shows that employers are very invested in expanding headcount in areas such as analytics and data science, product development and sales as they strive to stay competitive in B2B and B2C markets,” says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “Skilled laborers will also see high employment demand in the year ahead as will workers in clinical roles.”

Jobs in information technology average more than $40 an hour and jobs filled have gone up nearly half a million in the last four years. Aside from a data scientist or a front-end developer, top jobs include: product managers, mobile software engineers, and information security managers.

While information technology has the biggest average-per-hour, it’s skilled trades that saw the biggest jump in jobs from 2012-2016: more than 1 million. If being an electrician isn’t your thing, you could also be a plumber or an HVAC technician. Jobs in skill trades usually average $21 an hour.

Healthcare also saw a major jump in jobs in the last four years — more than 600,000 — and that’s not just doctors. Aside from family practitioners, try becoming a medical director, ICU nurse, or a physical therapist. Jobs in these healthcare fields average more than $37 an hour.

Good with people? Go into sales! This sector saw a 6 percent jump in jobs — or more than 900,000 — in the last four years, including positions in account management, business development, and client services. Jobs here average just under $20 an hour, but may be a little easier to get into.

If you’re looking for business-related fields, try becoming an operations manager, business process analyst, or office manager. Jobs in business and financial operations jumped almost 600,000 jobs from 2012-2016 and average $35 an hour.

How to prepare for a career switch

If any of these jobs strike your fancy, you may be thinking how fast you can apply. Right away sounds great, but you’ll need to get some things square first.

1. Calculate your barest budget — If you can’t start your new job right after leaving your old one, do you have enough money to tide you over? Cut out extras that aren’t necessities, like dining out, traveling, or maybe even just your cable TV. A little bit goes a long way.

2. Build up your savings — If you don’t already have an emergency fund, now is a good time to start. Whether it’s for abruptly leaving your current job or for something else, you should try to have at least six months of expenses saved.

3. Review your retirement and healthcare options — If your employer offered healthcare and a 401(k) match, make sure you can move over both to independent plans seamlessly. Try to move your 401(k) over to your new job or an IRA, and check out healthcare plans offered through the government, especially if your new job doesn’t offer healthcare options through employment or you aren’t starting work right away and need to stay covered.

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