Archive for June, 2012

14 Uplifting Facts About the Job Market for New Grads

Jun. 25th 2012

By : Maria Rainier

Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t fool new grads into thinking they’ll have an easy time landing a job after graduation. There is too much bad news bombarding them daily about the job market and the economy. Still, somebody’s getting hired this year, and it could be you; that alone is reason to hope. But if that’s not enough, here are 14 bright spots about the job market to brighten your day and lift your spirits.

  1. Hiring this year is expected to climb 10.2%:

    Although a previous estimate pegged 2012 hiring at 9.5%, the number is now slotted at nearly a full percentage point higher, according to a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey. In a very positive sign of economic recovery, college career fairs are buzzing with activity. The number of companies attending fairs is regularly being reported as much as 30% higher than two years ago.

  2. More businesses plan to hire this year:

    In addition to the volume of hiring forecast for 2012, more employers across fields said in a recent CareerBuilder.com survey that they planned to hire. Whereas 46% planned to take on additional employees in 2011, 54% said they plan to hire college grads this year.

  3. Job creation is trending up:

    Every month for more than two years, the private sector has seen employment gains. Since February 2010, 4 million jobs have been added to the market. The best hiring opportunities this year are in accounting and finance, STEM fields, sales, education, social services, and health care.

  4. Starting salaries are going up:

    The NACE survey also had good news for new grads’ pocketbooks: the average starting salary for this year’s class is up 6.6% to $44,442. The median salary is also up, by 4.5%. The highest rise is in the education field, where new grads are starting with salaries up by 4.5% on average from 2011.

  5. Baby boomers retiring is helping the job market:

    The number of adult Americans employed or seeking employment fell to its lowest mark since December 1981. Two economists say these drops are part of the exodus of baby boomer workers from the workforce via retirement. The first of the boomers hit 65 in 2011, and the number of them retiring and freeing up employment positions is only going to increase.

  6. Small business hiring is up:

    If you’re not interested in being one of hundreds of employees, there’s good news for you too. A recent Gallup poll found that small businesses‘ hiring intentions are at their highest level since 2010. More than a quarter want to hire new workers, which is similar to their preference before the recession.

  7. Flexible jobs are increasing:

    New grads will be faced with a job market with arguably the most flexible jobs in history. The Flexible Index Report conducted by FlexJobs.com found that entry-level jobs that offer options like working from home rose faster than any other job category. Jobs in data entry, customer service, administration, and health care saw the biggest increases.

  8. Job creation has hit a seven-year record:

    More than 100,000 jobs have been added to the market during eight consecutive months, something that hasn’t happened since 2005. If it continues through the end of 2012, it would be the first time more than 100,000 jobs have been added every month of a calendar year in 13 years.

  9. Jobs in IT are surging:

    A recent survey by job search site Dice.com turned up a number of positive findings for IT majors. Sixty-five percent of surveyed IT managers planned to hire more IT employees in the first half of this year than they did in the latter half of 2011, with 37% of those planning to hire up to 20% more workers. And nearly half the respondents foresaw higher wages for entry-level IT workers in 2012.

  10. Career center workers are seeing more students receive job offers:

    We have the anecdotal evidence of counselors at college career centers that things are looking up. Counselors at Northwestern University have noticed more seniors getting job offers, and more students receiving multiple offers. They say the situation is similar at other colleges as well.

  11. Cities will see job growth:

    For college grads looking for a life in the city, the outlook is promising. A forecast made by IHS Global Insight predicts all but three metropolitan areas in the United States will experience job growth. The report also claims the country will have earned back 48% of jobs lost in the recession by the end of 2012.

  12. The manufacturing sector is on a tear:

    In recent months, the manufacturing industry has had its best growth since 2007. It added 13% of new jobs in 2011, despite making up only 9% of jobs in the overall workforce. Many see growth in manufacturing as a good sign, in what one professor calls “factory nostalgia,” although he adds such a feeling is “economically legitimate.”

  13. Green jobs are thriving:

    At 3.1 million, green jobs are an important sector of the market and one that is poised to provide positions to many college grads who need a job but would also like to help the planet with their work. Solar power companies, bio-fuel companies, and others in the environmentally friendly business have demonstrated they will continue to ramp up hiring in the future, both near- and long-term.

  14. Business optimism is up:

    Although companies’ outlook on the economy has been pretty dismal (and rightly so) in recent years, the attitude is getting better. Sixty-six percent of executives polled by the research firm Corporate Executive Board responded that they expect their companies to increase revenues this year, as opposed to just 57% last year. And increased revenue means increased ability to take on new talent like you.

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30 Great LinkedIn Groups for Psychology Students

Jun. 14th 2012

Eventually, (almost) all psychology majors must stare down the reality of finding themselves a job, hopefully one relating back to the mental health industry, since that’s what their degrees are in. But contending with an unstable economy offers up a treacherous challenge to scoring an entry to their dream careers, so harnessing whatever resources they can to snag opportunities stands as an integral edge above the competition. Those with LinkedIn skills will definitely want to take advantage of the myriad groups available for networking with fellow students as well as professionals. No matter their area of interest, there likely exists more than a few social networkers with much to share, and more importantly, possessing integral information about the internships and jobs currently available.

  1. Links for Shrinks – For Therapists, Psychologists, Coaches:

    Like the title straight-up says, this extremely useful LinkedIn Group offers up networking opportunities for mental health professionals. In particular, they trade online resources with one another, ask questions about improving their digital presence, attend webinars, and more.

  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers:

    Whether learning about CBT in class or hoping to someday apply it in a professional setting, Ohhad H.’s network of well over 5,000 members acts as an excellent supplement, brimming with information and resources for sharing and consideration. Consider it a must when wanting to learn more about the popular, effective strategy for alleviating many serious mental illnesses.

  3. Students and Recent Grads:

    A great group for any student, really, not just those majoring in psychology and seeking a career in mental health services. Despite its broad-as-Taft nature, hitting up this wildly popular group will prove valuable assistance when learning how to navigate the painfully narrow job and internship market in a downtrodden economic climate.

  4. The Psychology of Creativity:

    Read up on both academic and less-than-academic perspectives regarding the unique factors shaping the creative mind. It may not update as frequently as some of the more active groups listed here, but what it has to share still piques curiosity and — ostensibly — further inquiry.

  5. The Clinical Psychology Network:

    Although it seeks to bring together clinical psychology professionals and students from the OC and LA areas, pretty much any participant from anywhere can learn more than a few things about the field here. For those who do live in the region, however, the regular meetings and internship and job postings might prove of interest.

  6. The Psychology Network:

    One of LinkedIn’s most massive groups dedicated to psychology professionals (and those seeking to become professionals someday) boasts almost 24,000 members exchanging the latest research and trading questions, answers, and theories. However, one must ask permission before joining.

  7. Psychologists, coach, psychotherapists and counselors:

    A straightforward name for a straightforward group with a straightforward modus operandi. With more than 24,700 participants, students eager to talk with established pros about anything and everything relating to the eponymous positions will likely find answers to even some of their more offbeat questions.

  8. United States Mental Health Professionals:

    Psychology majors and recent graduates hoping to practice in the United States should head here for in-depth information about the legalities and restrictions that apply to their careers. Some of the talks regarding theories and treatment strategies transcend national barriers, of course.

  9. SIOP – The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology:

    If designing and executing studies about the unique psychology of office and corporate environments seems the right career fit, SIOP’s official group makes for essential participation. It’s especially useful when discovering how to apply research into real-life settings.

  10. Global Psychology Network:

    Because of this members-only group’s international bent, anyone who joins gains a wonderfully diverse education in the different psychological perspectives and approaches out there. Global Psychology Network also boasts 20 subgroups allowing members from different regions to discuss specific issues related to their practices.

  11. Forensic Psychology:

    Psychological professionals working in forensics gather here to talk business, making it an ideal stop for students considering that particular path. In the description, the group even mentions posting internship sites, so that’s definitely something right there.

  12. Psychology Students Network:

    Unlike most of the other networks listed here, this one specifically targets psychology majors hoping to connect with others who may share their experiences. It also makes it much, much easier to exchange valuable postings about job openings, internships, scholarships and plenty of other career kickstarters.

  13. Jungian (Analytical) Psychology:

    Whether looking into someday applying Jungian principles to a mental health practice or wanting some help on a research assignment, this group should have a student’s wishes covered. It largely emphasizes his theories regarding dreams, archetypes, and personality, which majors will inevitably encounter.

  14. Counseling Psychology Early Professionals:

    Perfect for graduates and soon-to-be graduates looking to network and pick up detailed, personalized advice about starting a counseling career. Both seasoned pros and newbies call this group home, so members gain some nice, well-rounded insight when participating in discussions.

  15. School Psychology:

    With bullying standing as a major social issue these days, no doubt many passionate psychology majors think it a potentially rewarding application of their studies. Here, they can learn everything they can about the field by asking questions and lurking in the talk threads.

  16. Aviation Psychology:

    Aviation psychology remains a largely overlooked niche within the broader industry, but will likely intrigue many students hoping to merge their love of technology with that aimed at the social sciences. They turn their attention toward the unique mental health needs of both pilots and flight crews, helping employers forge the best strategies for meeting and addressing them.

  17. Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology:

    Both current students and alumni network on Psi Chi’s official LinkedIn presence, which brings together graduates and undergraduates from around the world for general discussions about psychology. As honor students, they represent some of the most promising minds who might someday propel the practice toward exciting new places.

  18. Sports Psychology Professionals Network:

    Ron Artest’s public thanking of his psychiatrist after winning an NBA championship brought the comparatively obscure study of sports psychology to the public’s attention. Aspirant careerists or students simply exploring their options can tune in here for talks from patients (or the parents of patients) and professionals alike.

  19. Evolutionary Psychology:

    Splice a little Darwin into psychology lessons — or receive some awesomely informative extracurricular reading — and discover how biology plays a major role in the development of the mind over millennia. Owner Michael Sandifer encourages anyone, not just students and professionals, to participate in the ongoing discussions.

  20. Society for Neuroscience:

    Psychology studies obviously involve inquiries into brain structure and chemistry, but those hoping to explore the bizarre, essential organ in more intimate detail might want to pay neuroscientists a little visit. Society for Neuroscience’s LinkedIn group hosts almost 12,000 participants, so it’s probably safe to assume it might be a good start.

  21. SIPPA (Students of the International Positive Psychology Association):

    Up-and-coming mental health professionals interested in the core tenets of positive psychology who belong to one of the official organizations promoting it gather at this LinkedIn group. Students can also use it to meet up with professional mentors who will help them learn and grow in the popular field.

  22. American Psychological Association of Graduate Students:

    Every psychology major will encounter the ever-looming APA at some point, and the organization has taken advantage of LinkedIn for graduate student outreach. As with many other pre-professional groups, this one nurtures research help, internships, job-hunting, networking, and many more hallmarks of “making it” in psychology.

  23. Child Psychology Collective:

    Though its activity may experience a more sluggish pace compared to some of the other groups on this list, Child Psychology Collective still exists as a great online network. Obviously, its main goal revolves around talking all things related to childhood psychology and development, mostly theory and practice.

  24. Music Psychology:

    Dedicated to the academic welding of the arts and sciences — which doesn’t happen nearly enough! — this small but mighty group challenges participants and lurkers alike to consider the mind behind the music. Stress sits upon “research, performance, or creation,” so expect an eclectic mix of content.

  25. Media Psychology and Social Change:

    All the social sciences crash land into one another at Media Psychology and Social Change, which brings together professionals and students to explore the relationship between both phenomena. Social media and other digital realms in particular form the crux of their focus.

  26. Economic Psychology & Behavioural Economics:

    Researchers whose oeuvre involves dissecting the cognitive processes behind why people make the financial decisions they do gather here to trade their findings, ask questions, provide answers, compare, and contrast. As a bonus for students, professionals hailing from relevant organizations abound, providing an excellent, diverse networking opportunity.

  27. Internet Psychology:

    Psychology majors who love themselves some new media have an entire inchoate field synthesizing their passions — one they stand poised to completely revolutionize since the core subject hasn’t exactly been around very long. Join up with this group to follow what’s been done, what’s currently being done, and what needs to be done to offer up a broader look at how the Internet impacts the mind.

  28. PsychologyLinked:

    Elizabeta Kostadinovska-Boshevska’s networking group holds a pretty simple aim; just meet, greet, and chit-chat with professionals around the psychology sector. “Knowledge and best practices” are the name of the game here, so students about to hit the job market can learn what’s current before launching.

  29. Mental Health Networking:

    Professionals from across the psychology industry, no matter their title, consult Mental Health Networking when looking to share ideas and insights with one another. For students, this means a goodly slice of perspective regarding what they might encounter once they apply their classes to real-life scenarios.

  30. National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology:

    This nonprofit’s LinkedIn group carries over its desire to promote global mental health by encouraging greater communication and collaboration between recognized psychology professionals. Special outreach is available for students and anyone else hoping to earn the necessary credentials, too, so the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology definitely warrants consideration.

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30 Terrific Twitter Hashtags for Science Teachers

Jun. 13th 2012

Ubiquitous and, yes, occasionally eye-searingly obnoxious as they are, Twitter hashtags do actually serve a useful purpose.

No, seriously. They do.

Hashtags allow microbloggers everywhere – Washington, West Virginia, Illinois, Idaho, Delaware, Louisiana, Kentucky to tag their postings and participate in discussions about everything from current events to what can only be described as “God help us all.” So, obviously, more enterprising educators and professionals out there discovered ways to use them in the interest of progressing humanity’s inquiries into anything and everything. Science, being one of the more notable inquiries into anything and everything, thrives here. Anyone tasked with teaching kids (or even adults) of all ages might want to mosey over to some of the following examples — which cover a wide range of fields as well as general education — and check out the great resources and talks they have to offer the scientific classroom.

  1. #scienceed:

    Obviously, it makes sense that science educators would flock to a Twitter tag bringing together not only teacher types, but professionals and institutions (like some pretty neat museums!) as well.

  2. #scichat:

    This general talk about all things related to the sciences will inevitably dredge up some great pointers and reads to supplement classroom discussions — or merely some fun side reading when the kiddos are taking tests.

  3. #science:

    Get blinded with #science and hop on one of the most active relevant hashtags on the prolific microblogging site; no matter the area of inquiry, educators will most certainly find something of interest if they can keep up with the constant updates!

  4. #physics:

    Neil deGrasse Tyson uses this one every once in a while, which ought to prove more than enough incentive to hop in and learn a thing or two about how the world keeps itself a-spinnin’.

  5. #scienceteacher:

    Talk here proves relatively light when compared to the resource-and-discussion-heavy links listed, but educators looking to exchange a few laughs and stories will still appreciate what #scienceteacher offers.

  6. #scienceteachers:

    Pluralize the previous entry for even more good times with fellow science educators, though keep in mind that its content remains the same.

  7. #technology:

    #technology makes it easier than ever to answer that one snarky little rapscallion who always asks why exactly the class needs to know any of this stuff once they finally hit the real world.

  8. #sciencenews:

    Use this hashtag to stay on top of interesting news stories and research from all around the exciting and shiny world of sexy, sexy science.

  9. #biology:

    Listen in on what fellow teachers, professionals, institutions, and even students have to say about the basics of biology — though watch out whenever finals time rolls around.

  10. #edchat:

    Just because it doesn’t exclusively involve science doesn’t mean #edchat isn’t worth following. As one of Twitter’s largest gatherings of teachers, it provides some awesome general advice and ongoing discussions about the education industry.

  11. #math:

    Science and math sometimes enjoy sharing walks on the beach at sunset, so well-rounded teachers in the latter would do well to get their voyeur on and explore their intimate interconnections here.

  12. #CERN:

    The European Organization for Nuclear Research, responsible for the Large Hadron Collider, enjoys its very own hashtag cobbling together news and views regarding its search for the Higgs-Boson and more.

  13. #climatechange:

    Lurk or participate in an ongoing talk one of the most controversial science-related issues today — whether or not global warming is a thing that exists and why (or why not) governments need to pass legislation preventing it from getting worse.

  14. #chemistry:

    Use this hashtag for connecting with anyone and everyone who respects chemistry (well, and some who don’t), though be forewarned that students sometimes pop in here to complain about their assignments and tests with alarming frequency.

  15. #edtechchat:

    Tech-savvy teachers who want to incorporate the latest and greatest in education-enabling digital (and not-so-digital) devices will absolutely love the incredibly popular #edtechchat for following news and trading advice about some sweet, innovative applications.

  16. #geology:

    Rocks rock (that joke has never been made), and any educator who feels that way can hop onto this Twitter talk involving current events in the geology industry and the opinions swirling about them.

  17. #anatomy:

    Unfortunately, #anatomy requires sifting through the juvenilia one would expect, but biology teachers with a strong stomach (all of them, in other words) can still follow it for some great photos and charts about the human body’s myriad intricacies.

  18. #NASA:

    Perfect for classrooms who dream of the stars, this busy little hashtag involves both current events, past initiatives, and global opinions about America’s aviation and space exploration juggernaut.

  19. #ecosystems:

    The eclectic #ecosystems Twitter chat is perfect for the science teacher who wants to teach his and/or her students about the delicate environments that keep the planet going.

  20. #lifesciences:

    For a broader look at all the things going down in the botanical, zoological, and environmental science spheres, check out everything on board at #lifesciences.

  21. #teachers:

    No matter what subject they focus on, teachers network here and trade classroom strategies, talk politics, share stories, and plenty more.

  22. #sciam:

    Scientific American magazine boasts its very own hashtag joining its accounts together and inviting readers to comment on the latest research. Hit it up when looking for something new and current to share with students — or just enjoying it because it’s awesome.

  23. #genetics:

    When looking for new opinions and findings regarding the very components of life itself to share or supplement, head to #genetics first.

  24. #astronomy:

    Some of Twitter’s most gorgeous photographs of outer space call this hashtag home, though the research, news, talks, opinions, and more definitely make it a worthwhile read as well.

  25. #scienceblogging:

    Science bloggers in the know use the #scienceblogging tag to direct readers to content about pretty much every field and relevant opinion out there, providing educators an eclectic resource for staying current in whichever branch they love.

  26. #computerscience:

    Perfect for the classroom focusing on writing up bleepy, bloopy digital goodness. #computerscience bursts at the seams with just about everything visitors can expect, both good and things that make you go, “The Internet, everybody!”

  27. #STEM:

    Seeing as how science teachers stand at the forefront of STEM education, the prudent thing to do is make an effort to stay current on what all feeds into it.

  28. #school:

    Considering its broad nature, #school sees postings both useful and useless about the political, social, and professional elements of the education system.

  29. #socialscience:

    Yes, psychology, sociology, and the like are still sciences. Deal with it. All of them come together here for a diverse glimpse into the “softer” side of the spectrum.

  30. #nutrition:

    Encourage microblogging students to keep track of #nutrition and watch firsthand how their lessons apply to the real world. As a bonus, it also teaches them how to make healthy choices when noshing on some noms.

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12 Hottest STEM Fields for New Grads

Jun. 12th 2012

While the job market as a whole is going through a bit of a rough patch, many of the careers that are still hiring and are in great need of qualified professionals are STEM-related. These fields not only offer new grads a better chance at finding work right out of college, but also provide ample opportunities for careers that are rewarding both financially and professionally. Of course, not all STEM careers are created equal and some are experiencing especially promising booms that can make them a solid choice for years to come. Here, we list some of these hot STEM fields, all of which should be seeing some serious growth in the coming year and beyond.

  1. Information Technology.

    One of the hottest tech fields right now is IT, though all computer technology and systems fields are experiencing steady growth. By 2020, the BLS expects IT jobs to grow by 22%, which means a whopping 758,800 new jobs. This increase is being driven by the need for software, security, and better network infrastructure at nearly every company big and small. One rapidly expanding area of IT is in healthcare, where professionals are needed to build and maintain new digital systems for patient data management.

  2. Biomedical Engineering

    If you have an interest in biology, medicine, and research, then this is probably one of your best bets for finding rewarding and steady employment. Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing careers not only in STEM but in the U.S. as a whole. By 2012, the BLS expects it to grow by a jaw-dropping 62%, which means about 9,700 more jobs nationwide. What’s causing the exponential rise? An aging population, greater demand for medical research, and increased public awareness of biomedical engineering advances.

  3. Data Management.

    In our information-driven society, data is king. That’s why any data-centric job, from data mining to database administrator to data scientist, will see steady growth in the coming years. Need some numbers to put that into perspective? Database administrators can expect to see a 36% increase in jobs and data scientists are expected to have a shortfall of somewhere between 140,000 and 190,000 candidates by 2018. The demand is driven by the exponential rise in data that companies are now dealing with, a rate that rose by 30% just between 1999 and 2002, and continues to rise today. Those who are numbers focused, detail-oriented, and have a wide range of tech skills will find ample opportunities available in organizing, protecting, and understanding all kinds of data.

  4. Software Publishing and Development.

    A solid choice for a post-college career in a tech field is software publishing and development. The BLS projects growth of 35% in software publishing over the next decade, a rate of growth that outpaces that of many others on this list, even healthcare. The growth is spurred on by a variety of factors, including the need for specialized software for corporate needs, updating computer systems, and even the demands of increasingly popular mobile devices. Because there is such a wide range of opportunities, computer science majors and programming enthusiasts should see little difficulty in finding secure employment throughout the U.S.

  5. Medicine and Healthcare.

    From doctors to lab techs to medical scientists, there will be enormous growth in the healthcare field over the next few years. How much? The BLS projects growth of 29% by 2020, which amounts to thousands of new jobs across the U.S. Some of the biggest gains will be seen in nursing, medical assistants, laboratory technicians, paramedics, and in all aspects of medical research, especially those that require specialized knowledge in fields like biotechnology and biochemistry. No matter what aspect of medicine or healthcare you’re interested in, jobs should be fairly plentiful nationwide.

  6. Computer Systems.

    If you love computers then you’re in luck! Jobs for computer systems engineers and analysts will be booming throughout the next decade. Take computer systems analysts, for example. The BLS expects this field to have a growth of 22% by 2020, a much faster than average rate of growth, and other computer systems fields like computer systems administrators are also seeing rapid growth (28%). This fast-growing field often requires students to learn about more than just the technical aspects of building and maintaining a computer system, and those who hope to pursue this field as a career should also take care to learn about a wide range of business practices and requirements.

  7. Pharmaceuticals.

    There’s big money to be made in the pharmaceuticals industry, and that may be part of what’s driving the demand for new researchers into diseases, vaccines, and drug treatments. Researchers in this field can expect job growth of about 36%, much faster than average. Of course, there is also plenty of job opportunity at the tail end of the process as well, distributing drugs as a pharmacist. The BLS expects jobs in pharmacies to grow by 25% in the coming years, making just about any career with drug development or distribution a solid choice.

  8. Environmental Science.

    These days consumers and businesses alike are much more conscious when it comes to sustainability and that’s good for environmental scientists. These professionals use their expertise to help protect the environment in a variety of ways, and it’s currently a field that’s seeing some pretty steady growth. By 2020, environmental science jobs are expected to grow about 19%, meaning there will be about 16,700 new jobs opening up in the coming eight years. That’s not too shabby, and better than many other industries. Of course, environmental scientists get the additional benefit of being able to brag about quite literally saving the world.

  9. Biochemistry and Biophysics.

    The life sciences are projected to see a huge rise in employment opportunities over the coming decade, with some of the hottest fields being biochem and biophysics. The research done by these intrepid STEM experts will play a big role in extending and improving the quality of human life. In both the public and private sectors, work for biochemists and biophysicists is projected to increase by 30%, meaning more than 7,700 new jobs will be opening up in the coming years.

  10. Business and Financial Analysis.

    While the recession may have taken a toll on many financial and business-related careers, those that make use of mathematics for analysis aren’t projected to see much job loss in the coming years. In fact, a strong trend of growth is expected in all math-related occupations, which the BLS expects to expand by 17%. Much of this growth comes from analyst positions driven by the need of businesses to make sense and use of raw data, and both business and financial analysts can expect an increase of around 22% by 2020. While this might not seem like an especially STEM-focused field, it often requires a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and technological systems.

  11. Commodities Engineering.

    These degrees aren’t just in demand; they also pay exceptionally well and offer some of the highest post-college salaries of any STEM careers (petroleum engineers make an average of $86,220 starting salary). While greener, cleaner energy has seen a surge in recent years, there isn’t going to be any shortage of demand for traditional energy sources over the next decade, driving the demand for these positions. Expect growth in these engineering fields to be about 17%, with much of the growth being focused on petroleum rather than on mining and geological engineering.

  12. Forensic Science.

    Those who want to figure out the mysteries behind murders and come up with their own snappy CSI-worthy one-liners may just be in luck. Forensics is a growing field, though it’s still highly competitive. More schools are adding forensics programs and job growth is expected to be good, about a 19% growth in coming years. Yet students in this hot field should be aware that while growth is expected, it’s a small field that amounts to only 2,400 new jobs over the next decade. Of course, that fact is unlikely to sway many from this ever more popular field that blends police work with science.

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