Looking for a new job is hard. Looking for that first job out of high school or college? Even harder. Even established professionals who spent years building their resume may find it difficult to land that dream job. Many job seekers become discouraged by how few vacancies match what they're looking for, or the scarcity of interviews and call-backs when they apply.
So, it might surprise you to know that tons of positions are out there that recruiters are struggling to fill. Some are in highly coveted fields you may think are oversaturated, while others are so easy to get into, you may wonder why they're still looking for workers at all! Don’t believe us? Here are 15 of the top most in-demand jobs of 2019.
1. Computer Engineers
In an era dominated by technology, it should surprise no one that the tech industry is in need of new talent and bright minds. Since technology’s biggest consumers are millennials and those even younger, this is one of the careers that’s most accessible for recent graduates.
Generally considered a broad field, computer engineers may work on everything from the software on our computers to the computer itself, and can expect an annual base salary of $60,000 at worst, and a six-figure salary at best. Keep in mind, however, that computer hardware engineers typically make five percent more than computer software engineers.
2. Personal Trainer
Another millennial favorite, personal trainers work with both the physically fit and unfit to promote a healthy lifestyle through safe and regular exercise. Most personal trainers are employed by gyms, while some set their own schedules and accompany their clients to a gym of their choice.
Others, like Shaun T, may develop popular training programs people can use in the comfort of their homes. With variations like these, personal trainers can make as little as $36,000 per year, or become multimillionaires. It’s all in the marketing — and a bit of luck!
3. Registered Nurse
Cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases linked to poor lifestyle choices are on the rise in America. The one upside? A greater demand for registered nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Registered nurses are responsible for assessing patients, creating nurse care programs and maintaining medical records. Though nurses often spend 12 hours or more on their feet each day, the payoff comes from the feeling of giving back, and a base salary of $66,000 per year and higher.
4. Home Health Aide
Often also referred to as nurse aides, home health aides are professionals who offer caregiving services to people who may find it difficult or impossible to live on their own. The average annual salary is around $23,000, but most home health aide positions do not require a college degree, and professionals may get certified after just 75 hours of training.
Another perk of this job is that there’s usually a lot of downtime, while patients engage in leisure activities, sleep or even attend school. This makes it a great choice for students, writers and anyone else who could put a bit of downtime at work to good use.
5. Security Officer
With a national average turnover rate of 300 percent, security firms are always on the lookout for new hires. While certainly not a job for everyone, flexible work shifts and frequent downtime make it an attractive side gig.
Security officers may earn as little as $16,000 per year in some areas, while averaging $40,120 in states like Louisiana. The trick is finding a reputable security firm that serves high-paying clients, such as banks, condos and high-rise buildings.
6. Construction Superintendent
Often frowned upon as blue-collar work, the construction industry nonetheless pays its workers well, and they don’t need the pricey investment of a college degree to get started.
Of all the positions, the construction superintendent who keeps an eye on work activities attracts one of the highest salaries in the industry. The superintendent makes anywhere from $50,000 to $144,000 per year, depending on the size of the company.
7. Physical Therapist
In 2018, there are 30 percent more physical therapists than in 2008, a growth rate much faster than most other occupations. These professionals help patients who are recovering from injuries, disabling illnesses and surgery. At worst, physical therapists bring home $58,000 per year, but may make $85,000 and higher. This job requires at least a doctoral or professional degree.
8. Biomedical Engineer
Long before a patient thinks of recovery, he or she must first be assessed and diagnosed, which requires complex machines. The recovery process itself may also require using machines, such as pacemakers and rehabilitation treadmills.
Design and improvement of these machines are the focus of biomedical engineers. This career path is expected to experience a growth rate of 23 percent between 2014 and 2024. The salary is as promising, with an average of $60,000 per year and a high of $119,000.
9. Pharmacy Technician
Another healthcare position in high demand is the pharmacy technician. These professionals typically work under a licensed pharmacist. Job tasks range from distributing prescription drugs to educating patients on the necessity of taking medication as prescribed.
It’s possible to enter this field with a high school diploma or equivalent, and bring in around $30,410 per year. There’s also room for growth to pharmacy manager, which commands a six-figure salary.
10. Dental Assistant
Dental assistants make the dentist’s job easier, and ensure smooth operation in the office. Their job tasks may range from scheduling appointments to taking x-rays. With an increased focus on appearances — including our smiles — experts estimate a growth rate of 19 percent from 2016 to 2026 for dental assistants.
Job seekers will need a post-secondary, non-degree award for this position, and can expect an annual salary of $35,000.
11. Financial Adviser
According to Forbes, by the year 2026, over 40,000 new financial advisers will enter the job market. These professionals help individuals get their financial affairs in order. They do this by providing advice on everything from paying for college to funding retirement.
To become a financial adviser, candidates generally need at least a bachelor’s degree, and while some earn as little as $40,000 per year, the more established advisers bring in up to $208,000 per year.
12. Environmental Engineer
Boasting an expected growth rate of 15 percent over the next few years, careers in environmental engineering aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. This career focuses on alleviating the negative effects of industry, mining, agriculture and manufacturing.
To do this, engineers invent new ways to limit and even clean up waste and pollution to protect both the environment and public health. Despite growing political disinterest in environmental issues, the increased need for water supplies out West is expected to keep demand for these professionals high. Annual salaries in this field range from $62,000 to $103,000.
A vet is often the difference between life and death for a sick or injured animal, but how many new patients can he or she expect each year? The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) estimates that 43,346,000 American households include dogs, while cats live in 36,117,000 homes.
Other common pet choices include rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and fish. Livestock numbers are also expected to be on the rise, as experts estimate that 2018 will see record-high meat consumption levels in the U. S. Thus, both homes and farms will have need of vets. Veterinarians can expect annual salaries ranging from $52,000 to $162,000.
14. Truck Drivers
It’s almost impossible to take a road trip on the interstate without seeing billboard signs and bumper stickers seeking truck drivers. Truck drivers operate the fleets behind our mail, Walmart purchases and Amazon deliveries, transporting everything from poultry and beef to IKEA furniture.
In 2015, the U.S. faced a shortage of around 50,000 truck drivers, causing salaries to go up. However, long hours on the road, the monotony of highway driving and negative stereotypes often make this a difficult job to fill.
Those who do choose to make a career out of it bring in around $40,000 per year. Walmart truck drivers, the highest-paid in the country, may take home upwards of $71,000 annually, before bonuses.
15. Market Research Analyst
We live in an age where statistics have a strong impact on both our personal and professional decisions. Because of this, the market research analyst plays an important role.
Through their research, and then interpretation of the data collected, they give us information — such as the growth rates and salaries of every other occupation on this list. This shows how inextricably tied into all professions and industries their jobs are.
Their efforts, however, are most heavily concentrated in business strategies and marketing. For their hard work, some earn as little as $33,000 per year, but established analysts may command a salary of as much as $122,000.
Searching for a new job can be intimidating to even the most experienced workers. Knowing where to look, and who's hiring, drastically reduces the stress and the amount of work involved. It may also open up a world of opportunities you never knew existed. What new job will you apply for this year?