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Monday, September 27, 2010

Jobs That Are Hiring Now

Investopedia singled out occupations that are hiring at the fastest rate over the past 13 months. The results are good news for job seekers with the right training.

There was a 29 percent surge in online help wanted ads for the legal industry, and a 20 percent jump in job postings for health care. And it doesn't stop there...
Legal Careers - Up 29 percent
Online job listings are up 29 percent in the legal arena from July 2009 to August 2010, according to Investopedia's breakdown. The legal industry includes everyone from paralegals to court reporters and attorneys.

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts a 28 percent bump in paralegal job openings from 2008-2018.

Average Salaries:

Paralegals: $46,120

Court Reporters: $49,710

Lawyers: $110,590

Business and Financial Careers - Up 28 percent

Investopedia found a 28 percent spike in help wanted ads in business and finance, good for second place overall on Investopedia's list from July 2009 to August 2010.

Fast Fact: Accounting services organizations led all employers in extending job offers to the class of 2010, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). While accounting remains a popular major, many accountants have related degrees in business and finance.
Average Salaries:

Loan Officers: $54,700

Accountants: $59,430

Financial Managers: $99,330

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Careers - Up 25 percent

The 25 percent uptick in online help wanted ads for arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media careers is a refreshing sign for our still fragile economy. Investopedia singled out graphic and web design as areas that could see increased hiring in the months to come.

Fast Fact: A surge in social networking sites is creating a new need for savvy PR professionals who are able to control and get a client's message out. According to the Department of Labor, opportunities for PR specialists are expected to grow 24 percent through 2018.

Average Salaries:

Web Designer: $40,000

Graphic Designers: $42,400

PR Specialists: $51,280

Architecture and Engineering Careers - Up 23 percent

It's hard to imagine a breakdown of hot careers that doesn't include engineers in some shape or form. This list is no exception. According to Investopedia's breakdown, online job listings have risen 23 percent for architecture and engineering careers.

Fast Fact: Salaries for flash engineers, who work with Adobe's popular software, have risen from $50,000 to $150,000 over the past three years, according to the Wall Street Journal. Flash engineers typically require both an artistic and computer-science background.

Average Salaries:

Architects: $70,320

Mechanical Engineers: $74,920

Computer and Information Scientists: $97,970

Health Care Support Careers - Up 20 percent

Investopedia found that online job postings in health care support are up 20 percent over the past 13 months. That's no surprise since home and personal health aides are the third and fourth fastest growing occupations through 2018, according to the most recent figures from the Department of Labor.

Average Salaries:

Home Health Aides: $21,440

Medical Assistants: $28,300

Registered Nurses: $62,450

*Unless otherwise noted, all salary data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor using 2008 median income, except web designer, which comes from

By Chris Kyle