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Is Change in t​he New Year Air, Job-Wise?

January 10, 2008
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With every new year, changing jobs often tops the list of personal resolutions. But with so many career paths to choose from, which offer the greatest opportunities?

From civil engineers to regulatory affairs associates, tomorrow's hot jobs are within your reach.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional and related occupations are projected to grow faster and add more jobs than any other major occupational group, with 6 million new jobs by 2014.

Among the up-and-coming occupations, professional and technical industries such as engineering, health care and science are expected to produce the majority of jobs in the year to come. For those in engineering, companies in the Southwest region of the United States, particularly the Gulf Coast, are gearing up for projects scheduled to commence in early 2008.

Civil engineers and designers with chemical and petrochemical expertise remain highly sought after. These professionals can expect a salary range of $80,000 to $130,000, depending on experience.

The health-care industry has been experiencing a nationwide shortage of professionals for many years. Aside from the obvious nursing shortage, another area where recruiters can't keep up with the demand is for physical therapists.

Therapists typically have a four-year degree and can make upward of $90,000 per year. Prior clinical experience is often preferred in potential candidates, but because of the demand, companies are accepting graduates right out of college.

But it's not just the jobs that are hot. If you've got the right skill sets, your chances of landing that dream job practically double.

When it comes to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical-device markets, those who can pair technical know-how with soft skills like negotiation and effective communication are viewed as an invaluable asset in the workplace.

For example, there has been an increased demand for validation and regulatory-affairs professionals, who can make between $60,000 and $125,000.

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