In the year ahead, it will continue to be a seller's market for software developers as organizations seek competitive edge via information technology and analytics. However, IT alone cannot assure success, and demand is just as strong for financial and marketing types.
CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) have released the best bachelor degree jobs for 2013 based on occupations with the most jobs added since 2010. The study uses EMSI’s labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes information on both employees and self-employed workers.
“It’s no surprise that technology and engineering occupations comprise six of the top ten positions on our list, but workers should also see more opportunities in production-related fields, marketing, healthcare and financial services," according to CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson. "The competition for educated, specialized labor has intensified as market demands increase in both the manufacturing and services sectors.”
Occupations requiring bachelor degrees that have produced the most jobs within the U.S., post-recession, include the following. More detailed information about each position is available in an EMSI blog post.
- Software Developers (Applications and Systems Software): 70,872 jobs added since 2010, 7% growth
- Accountants/Auditors: 37,123 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth.
- Market Research Analysts/Marketing Specialists: 31,335 jobs added since 2010, 10% growth
- Computer Systems Analysts: 26,937 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
- Human Resources, Training, Labor Relations Specialists: 22,773 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators: 18,626 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
- Sales Representatives (Wholesale, Mfg, Tech, Scientific): 17,405 jobs added since 2010 – 4% growth
- Security Analysts, Web Developers, Network Architects: 15,715 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth
- Mechanical Engineers: 13,847 jobs added since 2010 – 6% growth
- Industrial Engineers: 12,269 jobs added since 2010, 6% growth
(Photo: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)