Job Outlook For 2012

By: AJE Recruiting Specialist

Job Outlook For 2012

For job seekers looking for job opportunities in 2012, there are certain industries that will continue to dominate in terms of growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in technology and computer-related fields and health care are just a few of the industries that promise the largest expansion in the coming year.

What does this mean to your job search for the New Year? With more and more companies dependent on technology and new digital mediums, employees who are well-versed in and understand digital technology concepts will have the most growth opportunities. And with the aging of baby boomers, those who seek employment in the health care industry with positions like home health aids and medical assistants have a better chance to secure employment. Globalization of the workforce will also attract employees who understand international business issues, can and are willing to work in more diverse environments, and potentially looking to work abroad.

While workers who are more skilled and have college degrees will have more job prospects than their less educated counterparts, of the highest growth jobs, many require short-term on-the-job training, or moderate training. Fields such as home health aides, physical therapists and medical assistants are just a few. Those fields that require higher education, as compared to on-the-job-training, will see higher pay scales and growth, however. These include occupations such as network systems and data communications analyst and financial examiners, for instance.

Job seekers will continue to see an increase in the use of social networking sites as a recruiting tool. With the ability to narrow their job search and target employers directly, social media is fast becoming a primary job search tool for job seekers, not to mention a tool that many recruiters capitalize on. You will need to utilize social media to your advantage in 2012.

And with hiring projections anticipated to remain sluggish through the New Year, job seekers who are more willing to accept contract and consulting projects as an alternative to full-time employment, can anticipate expanding their job opportunities in the coming year.

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