There’s a lot of talk about how students and job hunters should train for the “hot jobs.”
So, what are they?
Too bad there’s no easy answer. “Hot” can change quickly, even while pursuing a “hot” degree. “Hot” also can be in a beholder’s eye.
Utility companies, for example, need more workers to climb utility poles. If you’re not able to do that, it doesn’t matter if the field is wide open.
Here’s a “hot” field, though, that has possibilities for just about anyone: health care.
We’re not talking medical school to become a physician, although more doctors are needed. We’re talking an array of hands-on jobs, ranging from entering patient information into computers to drawing blood to checking in patients in doctors’ offices to mopping floors at the end of the day.
Two of the hottest jobs in health are in nursing.
One involves direct patient care — of old people. More nurses at all levels of training are needed in geriatrics, partly because the big baby boom is creating more old people and partly because they’re living longer but not necessarily healthier.
The other booming area of nursing is in health informatics. That’s where health care knowledge marries information technology to develop and use health information systems.