A Peek At The Top 10 2012 Jobs With A Buzz. Numbers 6-10.

Welcome back to Part II of my list of the top ten most in demand jobs and careers in 2012, and beyond.  In Part I we covered simulation engineering, wireless technology, parallel programming, computational biology, and careers within the organic food industry.  Again, as I stated in Part I, I’m a big believer in self- preservation.  I clearly see providing you younger readers (which will be most of you) as being able to use this information to go to work, and subsequently pay into our social security system which will fund my everlasting retirement.


  • Boomer Caregiving. This is my new name for “Senior Caregiving” as I view myself as being much more closely aligned with being a “boomer” versus a “senior.”  You will too when they refer to the retiring Generation X,Y, Z , or whatever you are.  Now these careers may not sound as sexy as the others on my list, but they will certainly be in demand. People like me (I do have a few friends) want to remain in their homes for the rest of their lives.  We have little desire to do the 3-step progression from retirement village “home” to “condo” to…well step 3. To accomplish this, I will need help with errands, chores and home care. From today through 2014, home health aide may well be the fastest-growing career, with 40 percent growth and hundreds of thousands new openings according to the DOL (Department of Labor)…well if you can believe their statistics.  To find out more about these type of careers within this industry, go to Caregiving Career Center at CaregiverList.com.


  • Genetic Counseling. In my case, there is no need to counsel perfection.  Just ask my wife of 40 years, Linda.  Well maybe not; however, completion of the Human Genome Project has ushered in a new era of genomic medicine. The emphasis on personalized medicine resulting from the genomic revolution will increase opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing a career in genetic counseling. Genetic counselors are health care professionals who have specialized education and training in the field of medical genetics. As health care professionals, genetic counselors help individuals and families understand and adjust to a genetic diagnosis or the possibility of having a hereditary disorder. Genetic counselors interpret family history information and educate patients and professionals about genetic diseases. These professionals help patients and families understand genetic testing options and the implications of undergoing genetic testing. In addition, genetic counselors address psychosocial and ethical issues associated with a genetic disorder and/or a genetic test result. There are currently more than 2,000 certified genetic counselors today.  To find out more about this field go togeneticcouselingcareers.com.


  • Brain Analysis. Have you seen the size of my head in this picture?  Drawn according to scale baby, and full of career transition and outplacement wisdom! Unfortunately, capacity and utilization don’t quite marry together too well in my case.  These folks are seriously brilliant, and in using increasingly advanced brain imaging tools, these neuroscientists will determine how people feel and react or what they’re capable of. People could detect deception, diagnose mental illness, identify intellectual strengths and collect accurate market research and even get help picking careers best suited to their brains.  High paying jobs that require a lot of schooling, but with this type if income ($200K-$1M) you should be able to pay off the loans pretty quickly.  The best place to find out more…surprise, surprise is MIT Career Development site.


  • Robotics. In my aged and not so humble opinion, robots have already taken over the world. The components, processors and sensing technologies for robots are becoming less expensive.  Robots already work in research laboratories, factories, hospitals, daycares, housekeeping, and the trend is expected to grow.  Robots have been in practical application for a while.  In fact the first industrial robot was introduced to the manufacturing arena 50 years ago this week.  You can go here to find out all about careers, salaries, and the jobs outlook for the robotics industry.


  • Counseling. Now I might drive the boss batty with this one, but counselors are in need, and career (outplacement) counselors have seen a 14% increase in demand over the last few years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  More of me has to be a good thing, right?  The reality is that we are a free agent nation, work in an increasingly and rapidly changing economy, and need to rely less on institutions.  People need career transition and outplacement support in a myriad of ways, and will continue to do so.  There are sites I could send you to, but if you have a desire to know more about outplacement and career counseling as a career; contact me.


Buzz Smith is SR Curmudgeon & VP Consulting Services OPI National Outplacement.  OPI National Outplacement & Career Transition Located in Knoxville, Tennessee.  865.531.9154.


About Buzz Smith

Welcome. My name is Charles “Buzz” Smith and I’m the SR Curmudgeon of Consulting Services at OPI National Outplacement. My role, in addition to agitating our sales personnel, and consultants is to take the lead on delivering outplacement and career transition services that are effective. I blog about career stuff when my wife of 40 years, Linda banishes to the garden.

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