Careers come and go with changes in technology and environmental factors
The career that you are in may be declining; or may be expanding depending on the times. Your challenge is to find the career that will be growing over time so that you can secure employment and growth.
Example: manufacturing in the US has been declining as more manufacturers shift operations overseas. On the other end of the spectrum, health care will be expanding as more baby boomers enter retirement age.
As you make a career assessment, opportunities in health-related fields will be more promising than manufacturing. You need to find the career (and perhaps the education) that will return the best career opportunity.
Reviewing Career Trends
The Department of Labor compiles statistics on employment opportunities and projections. You need to review these numbers to assess where career opportunities my be:
Projections on what's
hot and what's not. Includes employment statistics and the fastest growing careers: www.bls.gov/emp
Occupational outlook by category: provides insight on the training need, work environment, earnings, expected job prospects and more. It's a valuable resource to help decide what career you may like. www.bls.gov/oco
Occupation Trends by State
Just as industries come and go, so do state and local regions. There are regions in the country that have better career opportunities and projections.
You need to not only assess your career opportunities but also areas where your career skills are in demand.
Occupational projections by state and region — helps determine where you may need to locate for the best growth www.projectionscentral.com
Link to individual State economic, job
and occupation trends:
What Kind of Career:
Understanding Job Types
Different jobs require certain skills.
Match your skill set with the right job. Understand what skills will be required to succeed in your job: