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Choosing a career where the jobs are

30 APR 2014
Career Path : Career

Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll be lost when you get there.” Picking a career can be hard, even when you read educational articles or consult Canadian college directories for career ideas. Since educating yourself will require a considerable amount of time, money and energy, how do you know which career option will get you on a meaningful path?

If you don’t know where to start, try looking at careers with a high employment rate. It’s possible you haven’t considered these types of positions yet and they all offer significant advantages, in terms of salary as well as job safety. You may find what you’re looking for, and these types of positions just happen to be in high demand!

Here are some of the top occupations based on current market demand.

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses work in various areas within healthcare as part of a team that includes other nurses, physicians, and healthcare professionals. Registered Nurses provide patient care, education and support for patients and their friends or family. Moreover, they record and analyze patient conditions, create plans for patient care, discuss treatment with physicians, perform tests on patients, operate medical equipment, educate patients on health and conditions, and discuss treatments with patient and families. Registered nurses can also become Nursing Managers in their given unit. These positions offer higher pay, but require excellent leadership skills. With the population aging and baby boomers retiring, the market will be looking to hire many new talented Registered Nurses to fill these vacancies.

Computer Systems Analyst

A computer systems analyst studies an organization’s current computer systems and procedures, then designs information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. Analysts bring business and information technology together by understanding the needs and limitations of both. Although a little more than a quarter of analysts work for computer systems design firms, they are also employed in a range of industries, from science to healthcare to banking and finance. Canadian education news predicts that demand for computer systems analysts will grow at a steady clip this decade, since businesses and organizations are relying increasingly on information technology.

Web developers

A web developer is responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website or web service. They are involved with the technical and graphical aspects, how the service works and how it looks. They can also be involved with the maintenance and update of an existing service as well as testing and identifying technical problems. Web developers are employed across all industry sectors, from finance and retail to public organizations. They may be employed directly by consultancies, software houses, web design agencies or work in an organization’s IT department. With the explosion of social media marketing and web-based commerce, there will likely be no shortage of web developer positions in the coming years.

Occupational therapists

Occupational therapy can help solve the problems that prevent a patient from participating in certain activities, such as recovering from an injury or an illness. The term “occupational therapist” is vague on purpose, because these highly trained professionals can provide a wide range of services. Patients with mental, physical, developmental and emotional disabilities might see an occupational therapist to learn how to function independently. Occupational therapists’ skillsets will be particularly in demand as a large chunk of our population ages.