Guest Post: Five Hot Careers to Pursue in 2013

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The first quarter of 2013 is winding down; how far along are you on your plan for a new career? If you are making a change, your first task is research –  deciding on what career to pursue. As in previous years, growth projections for IT, marketing, healthcare, and engineering are still trending up at a steady pace. Here is a list of the fastest growing  careers for 2013 and their qualifications.

1. Social Media Marketing Expected Growth: 51.8%


  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, or business management.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms.
  • Knowledge of internet marketing strategies.


Social media marketing is one of the newest forms of advertising and a hot buzzword. Should you decide to pursue a career in this field, you can expect to do a lot of research regarding your target market. You will have to learn how to come up with engaging content (and lots of it)about the product or service that you are promoting. The whole idea is engagement with customers and prospects on a personal level thus giving you a better chance of turning them into customers.

2. Software Development Expected Growth: 30%


  • A bachelor’s degree in software engineering, computer science, or computer information systems.
  • Experience in the field will likely be required by most employers.


Software developers are responsible for engineering computer applications for business. You can choose to work in a corporation that develops software programs for office and personal use; you also have the option to work for a company that produces apps or computer or video games for different platforms.

 3. Financial Advisor Expected Growth: 27%


  • A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics, or any other related major.
  • A CFP  (Certified Financial Planner)license.
  • Adequate experience in the field.
  • Other certifications may also be required by employers (Series 7, Series 63, etc.)


The responsibilities of a financial advisor include assessments of clients’ assets and investments, coming up with a solid and profitable financial plan based on solid financial research. Your job is to help clients manage risk, achieve financial goals and give them confidence that you are on top of market trends.

4. Systems Administrator Expected Growth: 28%


  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, IT, or any related field.
  • Prior work experience


System administrators are responsible for installing and maintaining the computer hardware and software applications used in a company. They are also tasked with making sure that all network connections are fully functional and secure. Be ready for long hours and being on call whenever the network needs attention.  

 5. Home Care Aide Expected Growth: 70%


  • Educational qualifications to become a home care aide vary depending on state regulations and the employer’s policies.  LPNs and CNAs have an edge in this field and can earn more based on their certifications.
  • You’ll need patience and a passion to help and care for those who are ill or disabled.


Responsibilities of a home care aide depend on the condition of their patients. Caring for the aged or disabled requires physical strength, as lifting will be involved. Even entry level caretakers  will require basic training in taking vital signs, administration of medications and helping with basic life functions.

Is one of these careers on your target list? Leave a comment and let us know.

Author Bio: Lisa Fox is a writer for which recently featured an article on The Best Paying Jobs for 2013. Questions or comments or Lisa? Feel free to connect with her @DegreesThatPay on Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Guest Post: Five Hot Careers to Pursue in 2013

  1. Since you have access to a lot of information in your position, a follow-up list of the Top Ten area companies in each of the five categories may be helpful to readers. Since pay in the South tends to lag behind other parts of the country, the pay scales of the area companies may be helpful too.

    I doubt many students know, when seeking an education they hope to use locally, their field of choice may have several pitfalls, making it unappealing locally. Even landing in your chosen field, despite the pitfalls, may leave you so poorly paid, things like student loans and living on your own, will be made difficult.

    Jacksonville should be a city dedicated to keeping its own and adding outside brain-power to the mix. My observations of Jacksonville over the years: Despite a number of dedicated, forward-looking people, a mentality of low-wage local workers combined with well-educated, trained outsiders to run things, is the norm for Jacksonville. UNF is making a dent in this (but I’m guessing this is true), while the majority of area citizens are left behind.

    Personal research only goes so far. You have access to information most local people wouldn’t even think to ask about or know exists. A random survey of local citizens would prove that point, if you doubt that.

    One other point in closing. I have seen Department of Labor Statistics manuals / books, which tend to be pretty accurate, get it wrong. Sometimes, dying industries jobs, spring to life again or growing industries predicted jobs-growth, disappears. Know what makes you happy and find a way to do that work. I tried the other way. It can be okay. Still, HAPPY WORK is BETTER WORK. This is why we need a way superior to today’s marketplace, for placing people, in positions that fit the nature of the person. In most cases, the nature of the company would dovetail with the individual’s nature; a win-win. We see too little of this today. It’s accomplished mostly by chance today. That wastes a lot of money and a lot of happiness, both company and personal. Thank you.


    1. You’re right that that it’s hard to predict the future, even with the best data. It will hearten you, I hope, to know that lots of smart people are working on keeping our own and helping them succeed. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.


      1. Comes 40 years too late for me, but I hope the smart people win. This city could have been and should have been modeled after Atlanta’s success. This is not saying any city is perfect, but Jacksonville, with things to offer, which Atlanta can’t, strikes me as (still) expanding economicly better, each year, than Jacksonville does. Thanks for your reply. If only Crystal Balls really could predict the future. 🙂


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