Engineering, computers,business services and
health professions continue to provide the nation's top job
prospects, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Those areas have the best long-term career outlook for young
people planning ahead, reports Neil Rosenthal, chief of the
department's Occupational Outlook Division.
``The service industries are the ones that are growing,
especially the business services such as accounting firms and legal
services,'' Rosenthal said in a telephone interview with the .
Indeed, overall service businesses have grown faster than
goods-producing operations in recent years as rising incomes and
living standards have helped produce demand for service workers.
And at the same time, while imported goods have captured a share
of the market for American-made products, the same has not occurred
in the service business field to any great extent.
A Labor Department analysis of expected trends, in fact, calls
for as many as nine out of 10 new jobs between now and 1995 to be in
the service sector of the economy, rather than in manufacturing or
other goods producing activities.
Service occupations cover a wide range of employment, of course,
ranging from the lawyers and accountants mentioned by Rosenthal to
cleaning people, security guards, fire, police and corrections
officers, bartenders and waiters and waitresses.
Health workers were also selected for special mention by
Rosenthal, a category that covers not just doctors and dentists but
also nurses, health technicians, dietitians, pharmacists and
``Employment in most of the health occupations is expected to
grow faster than the average as the population growth - especially
in the number of older people - increases the demand for health
care,'' reported the Labor Department analysis.
Registered nurses, nursing aides and orderlies are expected to
be among the leading new job categories. Strong growth is also
expected for physician's assistants, medical record technicians and
Automation, however, may reduce some of the growth among
Computer systems analysts and engineers are also expected to see
strong job growth, Rosenthal noted.
These groups will benefit from increased military spending and
from growing automation in many areas of the economy, the department
said. And general research is expected to offer more jobs for