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The Top 5 Jobs With the Most Demand Right Now
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

By Frank Stone, Staff Writer

Each new year calls for a fresh start. It's all about evaluating where you are in your life and how you want to reinvent yourself. And what goes better with a new you than a new job?

It's common for people who have been laid-off or feeling stuck in a career rut to want to go in a different direction. Now may be the perfect time to begin checking off those goals on your list. Check out the most in-demand jobs right now, according to the U.S. Labor Department, and get your new year career ventures off to a promising start.

1) Laborers, Material Handlers, and Stock Workers

Jobs in this category are mostly manual labor jobs except for those in the construction industry. Example jobs those in warehouses or factories. Considering that there are more than 2 million Americans employed in this category, the abundance of opportunities does come with a down side.
These jobs don't pay as much as one would really hope even though they might be easier to come b than a lot of those higher paying ones. On average, you're looking at barely $12 per hour which is still enough for many struggling job seekers.
2) Accountants and Auditors
It's fairly easy to understand why these number people would be in high demand: every company needs them. Businesses of all types require an arsenal of numbers people to keep the money where it needs to be. These jobs typically require a college degree which allow employers to offer competitive compensation.

3) Software and Systems Developers

It's all about tech these days. Companies everywhere are looking for developers and engineers to launch off the ground at full speed. As rigorous as the screening is for employees might be, the pay is well worth sticking it out for. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an average of $47.59 per hour for a software developer. This industry has a frequent influx of people being taken allowing for movement within companies.

4) Occupational Therapist

This may seem like a pretty niche industry--and it is--but jobs in this field are opening up fast. Currently there are just over 100,000 workers in the U.S. and like most areas in the healthcare sector, that number is expected to increase as older, aging population grows. Occupational therapists make on average about $36.25 an hour.

5) General and Operations Managers

General and operations managers are the cohesive bond for a company's team. These managers help maintain the flow of tasks and projects running smoothly and employers will pay well for experienced managers. Great candidates for these roles can demonstrate strong organizational and leadership skills. Those in management can earn an above-average rate of $45.88 per hour.

As time goes on the economy will naturally continue to shift, often in unpredictable way. Demand in for these jobs are up now and will most likely stay that way for a while but it's wise to look in areas closely related to them. Jobs in both the healthcare and technology sector are expected to increase so take a look at all there is offer--the options are expanse. Keep in mind industries also vary by location.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take on a new endeavor, learn new skills and carve out a bigger chunk in your career plans.