Changing careers

Looking to make a smart career change decision? Consider choosing one of occupations projected by the Department of Labor to be among the fastest growing between 2002-2012. 

Healing after job loss : 100 practical ideas : tips and activities to help you understand and transcend your grief after the loss of a job
Alan Wolfelt.
Fort Collins, Colo. : Companion ; Lancaster : Gazelle [distributor], 2010.
Full of practical, time-tested counsel, this handbook offers simple, useful tips and activities to counter the typically negative reactions to job loss, such as loss of self esteem, and explores thoughts and feelings with the goal of healing. Whether discussing situations when companies have been downsized or individuals have been fired, furloughed, or laid off, this guide provides a healthy way of dealing with often overwhelming feelings-of anger, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness-in a healthy, hopeful manner.
BoomerPreneurs : how baby boomers can start their own business, make money and enjoy life
M.B. Izard.
[Kansas City, Kan.?] : Acheve Consulting, c2010.
"A personal coaching approach to business start-up."
Becoming a life change artist : 7 creative skills that can transform your life
Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan.
New York : Avery, c2010.
Artist and consultant Mandell and psychologist Jordan share the groundbreaking approach made popular in their workshops across the country that will help readers reinvent themselves at any stage of life.

The top ten occupations will be in the healthcare or technology fields.  Each is projected to grow between 40-50%. 

Consider choosing a medical career

The fastest growing medical occupations are:

  • Medial assistants
  • Physician assistants
  • Social and human services assistants
  • Home health aides
  • Medical records and health information technicians
  • Physical therapist aides
  • Physician assistant aides

Technology positions will increase

The fastest growing technology occupations are:

  • Network systems & data communications analysts
  • Computer software engineers, applications
  • Computer software engineers, systems software

Earnings in these occupations range from Very Low (averaging under $20,000) for Home health aides to Very High (averaging over $41,000) for Network analysts and Computer engineers. 

Training and educational requirements of each occupation vary from on-the-job to bachelor's degrees.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff