2013 Recruiting Trends Show Strong Job Growth for Health Care and Construction

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Candidates looking for work in 2013 should have luck across a number of industries after a new report has found improving employment trends,

 especially for job seekers with postsecondary training on their resumes.

According to the new 2012-2013 "Recruiting Trends" report, which is a Michigan State University publication prepared by The Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) and the MSU Career Services Network, new job growth is expected for people looking for a career in health care in hospitals, energy and construction.

A number of other industries are expected to thrieve in some areas of the Midwest, with hiring predicted to be strong in finance, marketing, supply chain management and communications.

The report found that employers will be looking to hire people with a 4-year general bachelor's degree in "all majors," followed by accounting, business and electrical engineering. Employers also said they will be in need of workers who have "technical majors" on their resume, however they were not specific as to the exact degree. 
For college graduates ready to hit the market in 2013, the report found that "golden egg" internships, or those that will turn into full-time jobs, will still be the number 1 strategy for gaining employment.

Speciality jobs

Gary Swart, chief executive officer of oDesk, told VentureBeat News that many employers will be looking for workers with specific speciality skills, and as a result, many colleges and universities will be offering more customized courses.

We’ve already witnessed the rise of online coursework (as seen in Coursera and Khan Academy), and 2013 will see the emergence of extremely short-term online courses and trainings in very specific skill sets (such as through Lynda.com and Code Academy), Swart noted. "This shift towards modular, highly personalized education will enable professionals to learn the specialized skills they’ll need to be competitive and keep pace with the rapidly changing skills landscape."


Despite some stalled growth during the last quarter of this year, the construction industry is also expected to hire a range of workers with specific skills.

Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank, told The Wall Street Journal that with new home construction on the rebound, many contractors that were reluctant to bring on new hires will begin to add to their payrolls as they become more confident that the recovery will last.

You're only going to work your existing workforce so hard. You need to hire people at some point, LaVorgna said.

Health care

David Jones, president of Growth Ventures and author of Million-Dollar Hire, told Fox Business News that not only will be country be in need of more health care workers, there will also be an increased demand for data analysts and research ontologists in the life sciences sector to help with the development of new products.

Nurses, doctors, pharmacists and dentists will become more specialized and will be high demand as the population ages. In fact, U.S News and World Report recently named dentist, pharmacists and registered nurse as the top 3 best job picks for 2013.

If you are a job seeker looking to work in any of these emerging markets, you may want to take an online aptitude test to determine if you have the skills needed to find work in the fields in the new year or if you will need additional training.

Career success today is about watching skills as they emerge, customizing your education, and not being afraid to dive into that niche specialty you’ve always been interested in - it could be the big skill of tomorrow, Swart added.

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