Where the jobs are

Wednesday - 5/6/2009, 7:27am EDT

WFED's Jane Norris

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By Jane Norris
FederalNewsRadio

Unhappy with your job but scared to leave because you're afraid you wont find a new one? The federal government has some intel on what the next hot career fields will be.

Q: What are the projected as hot industries?

A: There are 15 areas with high job growth....like aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, health care, hospitality and retail. These are industries projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs or affect the growth of other industries; or they are businesses being transformed by technology requiring new skills sets for workers.

Q: So how does all of this help those who are unemployed or facing a career change?

A: Labor and BLS have a website : careervoyages.gov. There's information about financial assistance and retraining programs available to both adult workers looking for a career change and newly minted high school and college grads. The site gives you information about the fields that are growing. Some require college or advanced degrees, but many do not. In fact, there are lots of alternatives to a 4-year degree, including 2-year degrees, apprenticeships, vocational certificates, and work experience.

Q: Didn't the President discuss this recently?

A: President Obama said this week that while Wall Street will remain a big, important part of our economy, just as it was in the '70s and the '80s. It just won't be half of our economy. And that means that more talent, more resources will be going to other sectors of the economy. College grads with mathematical aptitude should consider careers other than derivatives trader. Some of them to go into engineering, and some of them should consider computer design.

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