10 Hottest Careers in America

Last Updated May 30, 2010 10:48 AM EDT

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No need to look further for the hottest jobs. What I've got here is the second annual list compiled by the University of California, San Diego, on the career fields with the biggest demand and growth potential.

The good news, whether you're a new college graduate or in mid-career, is that you don't necessarily need to get a graduate degree to pursue these hot jobs. In some cases, you can take university extension courses to become qualified.

10 Hottest Careers

1. Healthcare information technology. Technicians are needed for such emerging jobs as healthcare integration engineer, healthcare systems analyst, clinical IT consultant, and technology support specialist.

2. Clinical Trials Design and Management for Oncology. Biopharmaceutical drug companies have more than doubled investment in research and development in the past decade. Managing clinical trials include choosing appropriate dosages, designing treatment plans and recruiting patients.

3. Data mining. Data mining is the technique for extracting specific types of information or patterns from large databases. A study from the University of California, Berkeley, found that data in the world doubles every three years.

4. Embedded engineering. There are career options for software developers willing to learn some new tricks. Phones, appliances, televisions, automobiles and iPods all use processors to run. These complex digital processors are embedded systems, often built around a microprocessor core, that are designed by software engineers.

5. Feature writing on the web. Is this where all those newspaper reporters who lost their jobs will end up?

6. Geriatric healthcare. Hey, everybody is getting older which means there are more opportunities for jobs for pharmacists, geriatric care managers, geriatric nurses and managing facilities for seniors.

7. Mobile media. Graphic designers, videographers, video editors, app developers and software engineers are needed to design and provide all the stuff that we now cram in our cell phones.

8. Occupational health and safety. More specialists are needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment, changing regulations and increasing public expectations.

9. Spanish/English translation and interpretation. There are 250 million Spanish speakers throughout the world and the US has 31 million. The strongest demand for Spanish speakers is in the health care and legal fields.

10. Sustainable business practices and greening of all jobs. Green collar jobs can be found in every profession - even those you wouldn't suspect. For instance, accountants are needed who understand what carbon accounting is.

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Lynn O'Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller, and you'll also find her over at TheCollegeSolutionBlog. Follow her on Twitter.

Hottest careers image by Muffett. CC 2.0.

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