Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Hot Job Markets

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Hot Job Markets

Article excerpt

The hottest career fields and those projected to experience the most growth are primarily in the science and engineering fields, along with various jobs within the health care industry. Probably not surprising, these charts show that the more education you have, the more you're expected to earn. But what may come as a surprise is the fact that, between 2004 and 2006, MBAs actually experienced a decline in hiring, the only group to do so.

Projected Job Growth, 2004-2014

                         Projected
                         Job Growth     2004 Average
Position                 2004-2014         Salary

Home Health Aide            56%           no data
                                          provided

Network systems and         55%            $41,820
data communications
analyst

Medical Assistant           52%        $27,500-$41,780

Physician Assistant         50%            $41,820

Computer software           48%            $42,000
engineer, applications

Physical                    44%        $27,500-$41,780
therapist assistant

Dental hygienist            43%       no data provided

Computer                    43%            $42,000
software engineer,
system software

Dental assistant            43%       no data provided

Personal and                41%            $19,600
home care aide

SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 2004

Average Yearly Salary
for Bachelor's Degree-Holders;
2000 & 2006

                              2006       2000

Accounting                  $44,928     $36,710
Economics/Finance           $44,588     $37,757
Computer Science            $50,744     $49,055
Chemical Engineering        $56,269     $48,890
Electrical Engineering      $53,300     $48,613

* SOURCE: SALARY SURVEY (FALL 1999 2006), NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
COLLEGES AND EMPLOYERS

Note: Table made from bar graph. … 
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