The unemployment rate might have dropped to 8.8% in March, but securing a full-time job in the current anemic labor market is no easy feat. Here are the top 10 occupations for individuals holding a graduate degree that economists predict will have the most job openings between 2008 and 2018, according to the College Board.
Shortages in education continue to exist, particularly in the postsecondary education sector. This in-demand career is expected to have 553,000 openings from 2008-2018, says the College Board.
Doctors and Surgeons
Skilled doctors and surgeons continue to be in demand, with economists expecting 261,000 job openings from 2008-2018.
Having a law degree and passing the bar opens a lot of doors to which attorneys can practice their craft. Between 2008 and 2018, economists expect 240,000 openings in this field.
If you feel pulled toward a higher calling consider becoming a member of the clergy. Members of the cloth are in high demand with 218,000 job openings expected between 2008-2018.
Pharmacists prepare and distribute prescribed medications while advising patients on drugs’ side effects and avoiding potential dangerous drug interactions. The pharmacy field is predicted to grow much faster than most, and economist expect 106,000 job openings from 2008-2018.
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
If you want to help students reach their greatest potential and guide them through difficult times, you may want to consider getting a degree in counseling. Economists expect 94,000 job openings in this field from 2008 to 2018, according to the College Board.
These health professionals work with patients to treat and prevent conditions that have limited their mobility. Economist expect 79,000 job openings in this medical field from 2008-2018.
Medical Scientists (except epidemiologists)
Medical scientists conduct research on diseases, viruses and bacteria to help develop vaccines and medications. Job openings in this field sit at 66,000 from 2008-2018, according to the College Board.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Mental health and substance abuse social workers evaluate and care for those with mental illnesses or struggling with substance abuse problems and are expected to have 61,000 job openings from 2008-2018.
Instructional coordinators measure student learning, establish new learning materials while helping teachers adopt new technology and teaching methods. Education continues to be one the fastest growing fields in the U.S., and economists expect 61,000 job openings for instructional coordinators between 2008 and 2018.
Take a look at which occupations economists estimate will have the most job openings between 2008 and 2018 for people with a master’s degree, according to the College Board.