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150 Best Jobs for Your Skills

Book Description

Identifies the top 10 skills that are the most important in today’s economy, based on data from the US Dept of Labor and the latest O*NET

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. This Is a Big Book, But It Is Very Easy to Use
    1. Some Things You Can Do with This Book
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
    1. Why Skills Deserve Their Own Book
    2. Where the Information Came From
    3. How the Best Jobs for Your Skills Were Selected
    4. New Government Training Programs May Become Available
    5. Understand the Limits of the Data in This Book
    6. The Data Complexities
      1. Earnings, Growth, and Number of Openings
        1. Earnings
        2. Projected Growth and Number of Job Openings
    7. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I. Overview of Skills and Careers
      2. Part II. What Are Your Top Skills? Take an Assessment
      3. Part III. The Best Jobs Lists: Jobs for Each of the 10 Skills
        1. Best Jobs for Each Skill: Jobs with the Highest Pay, Fastest Growth, and Most Openings
        2. Best Jobs Lists by Work Arrangement
        3. Best Jobs Lists Based on Levels of Education, Training, and Experience
        4. Best Jobs Lists Based on Interests
        5. Bonus Lists About Skills
    8. Part IV: Descriptions of the Best Jobs for Your Skills
    9. Acknowledgments
  8. PART I: Overview of Skills and Careers
    1. What Exactly Is a Skill?
    2. How Can I Develop My Skills?
      1. Informal Learning
      2. Formal Learning
    3. How Are Skills and Career Choice Related?
    4. How Important Are Skills in the Hiring Process?
    5. What Do I Need Besides Skills?
    6. What Skills Are Covered in This Book?
    7. What Skills Are Not Covered in This Book?
    8. How Does This Book Help Me Identify My Outstanding Skills?
  9. PART II: What Are Your Top Skills? Take an Assessment
    1. Step 1: Rate Your Skills
      1. Communication Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Communication Skills
      2. Computer Programming Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Computer Programming Skills
      3. Equipment Use/Maintenance Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Equipment Use/Maintenance Skills
      4. Equipment/Technology Analysis Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Equipment/Technology Analysis Skills
      5. Management Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Management Skills
      6. Mathematics Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Mathematics Skills
      7. Quality Control Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Quality Control Skills
      8. Science Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Science Skills
      9. Social Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Social Skills
      10. Thought-Processing Skills
        1. Examples of High School Subjects That Teach It:
        2. Examples of Leisure Activities That Use It:
        3. Examples of Work Tasks That Use It:
        4. Examples of How I Demonstrated Thought-Processing Skills
    2. Step 2: Decide on Your Top Skills
      1. One of the skills with lots of examples does not have a high self-estimate.
      2. The skills with the highest self-estimates do not have many examples.
      3. None of my self-estimates is particularly high.
      4. I have more than three skills with high self-estimates and lots of examples.
      5. I have an outstanding skill that’s not included here.
      6. I command a skill at a high level, but I don’t enjoy it.
      7. There’s a skill that I enjoy using, but I’m not good at it.
    3. Step 3: Find Jobs That Match Your Top Skills
  10. PART III: The Best Jobs Lists: Jobs for Each of the 10 Skills
    1. Best Jobs Overall for Each Skill: Jobs with the Highest Pay, Fastest Growth, and Most Openings
      1. The 50 Best Jobs for Each Skill
      2. The 20 Best-Paying Jobs for Each Skill
      3. The 20 Fastest-Growing Jobs for Each Skill
      4. The 20 Jobs for Each Skill with the Most Openings
    2. Best Jobs Lists by Work Arrangement
      1. The Best Jobs for Each Skill with a High Percentage of Part-Time Workers
      2. The Best Jobs for Each Skill with a High Percentage of Self-Employed Workers
    3. The Best Jobs for Your Skills Sorted by Education or Training Required
      1. Descriptions of the Education Levels
      2. Another Warning About the Data
    4. The Best Jobs for Your Skills Sorted by Interest
      1. Descriptions of the 16 Interest Areas
    5. Bonus Lists About Skills
      1. Skills Used by the Best-Paid Jobs
      2. Skills Used by the Fastest-Growing Jobs
      3. Industries in Which the Skills Are Concentrated
  11. PART IV: Descriptions of the Best Jobs for Your Skills
    1. Accountants
    2. Actuaries
    3. Administrative Services Managers
    4. Advertising and Promotions Managers
    5. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
    6. Aerospace Engineers
    7. Agricultural Engineers
    8. Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
    9. Air Traffic Controllers
    10. Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
    11. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
    12. Anesthesiologists
    13. Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary
    14. Appraisers, Real Estate
    15. Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
    16. Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
    17. Archivists
    18. Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
    19. Art Directors
    20. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
    21. Assessors
    22. Astronomers
    23. Atmospheric and Space Scientists
    24. Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
    25. Auditors
    26. Automotive Master Mechanics
    27. Automotive Specialty Technicians
    28. Aviation Inspectors
    29. Bill and Account Collectors
    30. Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    31. Biological Technicians
    32. Biomedical Engineers
    33. Budget Analysts
    34. Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
    35. Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
    36. Business Teachers, Postsecondary
    37. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
    38. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
    39. Chemical Engineers
    40. Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
    41. Chemists
    42. Chief Executives
    43. Chiropractors
    44. Civil Engineers
    45. Clinical Psychologists
    46. Coaches and Scouts
    47. Commercial and Industrial Designers
    48. Commercial Pilots
    49. Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
    50. Compensation and Benefits Managers
    51. Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
    52. Computer and Information Systems Managers
    53. Computer Hardware Engineers
    54. Computer Programmers
    55. Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    56. Computer Security Specialists
    57. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
    58. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
    59. Computer Support Specialists
    60. Computer Systems Analysts
    61. Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers
    62. Construction and Building Inspectors
    63. Construction Carpenters
    64. Construction Managers
    65. Copy Writers
    66. Cost Estimators
    67. Counseling Psychologists
    68. Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
    69. Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
    70. Customer Service Representatives
    71. Database Administrators
    72. Dental Assistants
    73. Dental Hygienists
    74. Dentists, General
    75. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
    76. Directors—Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
    77. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
    78. Economists
    79. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
    80. Education Administrators, Postsecondary
    81. Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    82. Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
    83. Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
    84. Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
    85. Electrical Engineering Technicians
    86. Electrical Engineers
    87. Electricians
    88. Electronics Engineering Technicians
    89. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
    90. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
    91. Elevator Installers and Repairers
    92. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
    93. Employment Interviewers
    94. Engineering Managers
    95. Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
    96. English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
    97. Environmental Engineers
    98. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
    99. Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    100. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
    101. Epidemiologists
    102. Family and General Practitioners
    103. Film and Video Editors
    104. Financial Analysts
    105. Financial Examiners
    106. Financial Managers, Branch or Department
    107. Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
    108. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
    109. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
    110. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
    111. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
    112. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives
    113. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers
    114. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
    115. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
    116. Food Service Managers
    117. Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
    118. Forensic Science Technicians
    119. Forest Fire Fighters
    120. Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
    121. Foresters
    122. Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    123. Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
    124. Gaming Managers
    125. Gaming Supervisors
    126. General and Operations Managers
    127. Geographers
    128. Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
    129. Graduate Teaching Assistants
    130. Graphic Designers
    131. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
    132. Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers
    133. Highway Maintenance Workers
    134. History Teachers, Postsecondary
    135. Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
    136. Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
    137. Hydrologists
    138. Immigration and Customs Inspectors
    139. Industrial Engineering Technicians
    140. Industrial Engineers
    141. Industrial Production Managers
    142. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
    143. Instructional Coordinators
    144. Interior Designers
    145. Internists, General
    146. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
    147. Landscape Architects
    148. Law Teachers, Postsecondary
    149. Lawyers
    150. Legal Secretaries
    151. Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    152. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
    153. Machinists
    154. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
    155. Management Analysts
    156. Mapping Technicians
    157. Market Research Analysts
    158. Marketing Managers
    159. Materials Engineers
    160. Materials Scientists
    161. Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    162. Mechanical Engineers
    163. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
    164. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
    165. Medical and Health Services Managers
    166. Medical and Public Health Social Workers
    167. Medical Assistants
    168. Medical Equipment Repairers
    169. Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
    170. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
    171. Mental Health Counselors
    172. Microbiologists
    173. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
    174. Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
    175. Motorboat Mechanics
    176. Multi-Media Artists and Animators
    177. Municipal Fire Fighters
    178. Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
    179. Natural Sciences Managers
    180. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    181. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
    182. Nuclear Medicine Technologists
    183. Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers
    184. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
    185. Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
    186. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    187. Occupational Therapist Assistants
    188. Occupational Therapists
    189. Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
    190. Operations Research Analysts
    191. Optometrists
    192. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
    193. Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
    194. Pediatricians, General
    195. Personal and Home Care Aides
    196. Personal Financial Advisors
    197. Personnel Recruiters
    198. Pharmacists
    199. Pharmacy Technicians
    200. Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
    201. Physical Therapist Assistants
    202. Physical Therapists
    203. Physician Assistants
    204. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
    205. Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters
    206. Plumbers
    207. Police Patrol Officers
    208. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    209. Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
    210. Producers
    211. Product Safety Engineers
    212. Program Directors
    213. Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
    214. Psychiatrists
    215. Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
    216. Public Relations Managers
    217. Public Relations Specialists
    218. Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
    219. Purchasing Managers
    220. Radiation Therapists
    221. Radiologic Technicians
    222. Radiologic Technologists
    223. Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
    224. Real Estate Brokers
    225. Real Estate Sales Agents
    226. Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
    227. Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
    228. Registered Nurses
    229. Respiratory Therapists
    230. Rough Carpenters
    231. Sales Agents, Financial Services
    232. Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities
    233. Sales Engineers
    234. Sales Managers
    235. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
    236. School Psychologists
    237. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
    238. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
    239. Sheet Metal Workers
    240. Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
    241. Social and Community Service Managers
    242. Social and Human Service Assistants
    243. Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
    244. Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
    245. Sound Engineering Technicians
    246. Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
    247. Statistical Assistants
    248. Statisticians
    249. Storage and Distribution Managers
    250. Surgeons
    251. Surgical Technologists
    252. Technical Directors/Managers
    253. Technical Writers
    254. Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
    255. Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
    256. Tile and Marble Setters
    257. Training and Development Managers
    258. Training and Development Specialists
    259. Transportation Managers
    260. Transportation Vehicle, Equipment, and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation
    261. Treasurers and Controllers
    262. Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
    263. Veterinarians
    264. Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    265. Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
  12. APPENDIX A: Resources for Further Exploration
    1. Facts About Careers
    2. Career Decision Making and Planning
    3. Job Hunting
  13. APPENDIX B: The GOE Interest Areas and Work Groups
  14. Index