I want to study something that will get me a job later — what are some growth fields?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the shift in the United States from goods-producing to service industries will continue during the period between 2008 and 2018.
There will be especially strong growth in computer services (data-processing, Web and application hosting, Internet publishing and broadcasting), which are projected to grow 53 percent. Telecommunications and traditional publishing will both decline.
Another area of strong growth will be health care and social assistance, which will grow 24 percent during this period. Growth will be driven by the needs of an aging population with longer life expectancies. Jobs for health care professionals will increase by 21 percent, and health care support occupations will grow 29 percent.
The related field of life science will be strong as well, with jobs in the development of medical technologies and pharmaceuticals. In human services, educator and trainer jobs will grow by 14 percent.
In business and financial operations, highest demand will be for accountants, auditors, and management analysts; the BLS predicts growth of 18 percent in those jobs. The business-related social science fields of market and social science research will also be strong.