We live in an incredible time, witnessing firsthand a technological revolution that is progressing faster than most can comprehend. As our world changes, current businesses are evolving with it. New technology and business ideas are opening up new fields with massive potential. So, if you are trying to figure out where to place your bets when it comes to a future career, you’re not alone. It may not necessarily be about finding the ground floor of the next big thing. Plenty of established industries are going through their own transformations to help propel them into the future.
Health Care Jobs
The HealthCare industry is currently going through massive changes with seemingly limitless growth potential. New fields are opening up offering high paying opportunities that don’t require becoming a full-fledged doctor. Qualified nurses are in higher demand than ever, and their pay is on the rise as well. A nurse practitioner makes $85,200 per year, which is expected to increase by over 20%. Nurse practitioners can perform many of the same functions as doctors such as prescribing medicine and treating illnesses. To become a nurse practitioner, you need a master’s degree in nursing and certification. The need for healthcare will double over the next decade. A physician assistant can average $92,000 a year and job growth is expected to rise by 39%. Physician assistants can conduct physical exams, prescribe medicine, and treat illnesses. Certified nurse anesthetists (CRNA) are in demand and can make more money than many family physicians. The base salary of a CRNA is $189,000, versus the average salary for a primary care physician is $173,000.
The technology sector seems to be growing faster than most can keep up with. In terms of projected job growth, information technology is the #1 field, which makes systems engineers among the most highly desired professionals today. The average salary for a systems engineer is $87,100, and the career field is expected to grow 45% over the next 10 years. Software architects have some of the best paying jobs with growth of over 30% and an average annual salary of $119,000 per year. The IT field is experiencing massive growth. Entry-level information technology analysts make $60,000 or more. Experienced IT analysts make over $82,600 per field, with job growth for the next decade expected to be about 30%.
The financial services industry is another rapidly growing field as more and more companies are eliminating pension plans. A lot of people are going to need help with investing and planning for retirement. A CPA (Certified Public Accountant) makes an average of $74,200 and job growth over the next decade is expected to rise by 18%. Financial advisors salaries are expected to rise by over 40% in the next ten years. The average financial advisor makes $101,000 per year. Actuaries are another financial profession on the rise. An Actuaries measures the statistical probability of certain events occurring. The actuarial field has a projected growth rate of 24% and an average salary of $129,000. Actuaries can make as much as $300,000 per year.
Find Your Passion
No one can predict the future. The trick is to find something that interests you and stick with it. Don’t pick a profession just to make money. More often than not, people will fail at something they really aren’t passionate about. This is a great time in history to let new ideas blossom. Consider Facebook or Uber. They started out as an idea in someone’s head. There are so many new businesses out there creating new opportunities (like the booming cannabis industry). So, whatever field you decide to pursue, the opportunities and the money are out there. Good luck!