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In Demand Careers for 2018

What will the job market favor in 2018? The employment data experts have consulted their crystal balls, and with the help of workplace trends and growing industry patterns, a few clear winners have cut through the swirly, foggy clamor. 

Here's what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and others see on the horizon. 


If you've been thinking about a nursing degree, now's the right time to get started!

The BLS projects that between 2014 and 2024, registered nurses are not only one of the fastest growing professions, but also one of the best paid on the list. The demand for nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average job-growth rate well into the 2020s

Most nursing degrees require pre-requisite classes before you can start, so you'll need to carefully plan ahead to get those taken care of before your program starts accepting the next cohort of nursing students. 

Data Analysis

Have you heard the words "big data" tossed around before? The amount of digital data organizations are able to collect on their products and their clients can be massive, and someone with the right training can mine the data for actionable insights. Those analytic skills are growing in value in a world quickly turning to AI and automation, according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs report. 

Critical thinking skills are an important part of this career path, so it will be important to find a college degree that helps you develop this. You can get training in marketing research, business or statistics to prepare for this career path. 


Personal financial advisors are projected to grow by nearly 30% by 2024, according to BLS. As the general American population ages and life expectancies rise, the BLS predicts that the expertise of financial advisors will be in high demand. 

Financial advisors provide more than just advice on retirements and investing though; they can help their clients make decisions about mortgages, college savings, estate planning and even taxes according to the BLS. Accountants and auditors are also expected to see above-average growth. 

To launch a career in finance, look for a business degree with finance emphasis or accounting degrees. 

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