I've compiled here a "list of lists" that you can peruse if you're still in the brainstorming phase of what the heck you will do now. They're also useful for those of you who graduated a short or long time ago who want to (or have to) shop for something new to do.
To get the most out of these lists, record your findings on a spreadsheet and create your own ranking system so you can put your spin on what you think is hot and what is not.
These lists of hot careers are just a springboard for further thinking, research and networking. They can spur inspiration and creativity, but reviewing them is just the beginning.
This is a general list, created by compiling data on job growth, salary, and perceived job satisfaction. Categories of jobs listed include business, creative and service, healthcare, social service and technology.
(Jobs Rated Report, CareerCast.com)
OK, this is a big list! They've looked at five key criteria: work environment, income, outlook, stress, physical demands, using data from government sources, trade groups and private organizations.
At first glance there are the usual suspects near the top (Software Engineer, Actuary, Mathematician) although I was a bit surprised to see Philosopher holds the #16 spot.
A brief list of diverse careers that aren't the same ones you see on every other list.
(National Association for Colleges and Employers, as reported by Huffington Post)
Um, hopefully you majored in some kind of engineering.
(Payscale.com and Money Magazine)
They're looking at just pay and growth for this list of 100 jobs.
Unsurprisingly, tech and healthcare is where the money is at.
Suggestions for how to parlay your former career into something new and part-time.
OK English majors, how does selling sound to you?
This is less a list and more a helpful article about what to consider in your career exploration and job search when you have a liberal arts degree.
I'd love to hear: What will you do next with the information you see on one of these lists?
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