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Healthcare is still mainstream when it comes to the best jobs in the United States, but the technology job has taken the lead in US News & World Report’s annual rankings.
Information security analysts came out on top, with strong 10-year forecasts, according to U.S. News’ Top 100 Jobs for 2022. It also evaluated salary, work, and life balance, among other criteria. Nearly 4 out of 10 jobs in the Top 100 job rankings are healthcare or healthcare support roles.
There is no better time to try to achieve high goals when it comes to your next job.
“The ‘Great Resignation’ combined with broad-based economic growth over the past year has led to an inflection point where there are far more jobs than applicants,” said Antonio Barbera, senior editor of consumer advisory at US News.
Sure enough, there were 10.5 million jobs in November.
“This is a boon for job seekers, who can be more selective with what they want in their next job: a higher salary, flexible working hours or the ability to work remotely, for example.”
Here’s what you need to know about the first three jobs and how to get started in getting a job.
1. Information Security Analyst
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Mustaque Ahamad, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, explains that information security analysts are primarily responsible for operating IT systems and maintaining security. In essence, they help protect organizations from data breaches and cyber attacks, which is a growing concern.
Usually, you will need a bachelor’s degree in information technology or another computer science major. Some employers prefer a master’s degree.
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Once you have the right skill set, it is not difficult to land a job, said Ahmed, who has seen the industry grow exponentially over the past two decades.
“Wherever there is IT, you will need IT security,” he said.
In fact, as the co-founder of two IT security startups, he has come to the end of the hiring process and it hasn’t been easy.
“If you want that job, there are a lot of people out there looking for people like you.”
Jobs are expected to grow 33% between 2020 and 2030, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In that period, an estimated 47,100 jobs should open.
2. Nurse Practitioner
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Practicing practitioners perform physical examinations, authorize treatment and prescribe medications, among other duties. Nearly 70% provide primary care, and can also specialize in orthopedics, pulmonology, and other fields.
“NPs increase health equity, expand access to patient care, and address age-old social determinants of health,” said April Capo, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
You must start as a registered nurse, which means that you will already have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and an RN license. NPs spend about 10 years as an RN before going on to graduate school to earn their required master’s degree, according to the association.
Consider following a nurse practitioner to understand the job. Find the various required programs and requirements, which are also outlined on the AANP website.
By the time you enter graduate school, you should already know your field of practice. Many find jobs through clinical rotation, as well as through networking and recruitment.
Less than half of US states allow nurse practitioners to practice with full authority, meaning without having to call a doctor. The AANP is calling for more states to enact similar legislation.
“The health care workforce shortage has hit the health care field severely,” said Capo, who is also a professor and associate dean at Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing.
“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in chronic diseases and an increased demand for primary care.”
Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to grow 52% from 2020 to 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This translates to about 114,900 jobs.
3. Physician Assistant
Physician assistant Jennifer M. Orozco, director of advanced practice providers at Rush University Medical Center, is at the medical center during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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A physician assistant, like an internist, diagnoses diseases and implements treatment plans. In most states, the PA must work with a licensed surgeon or physician.
A master’s degree is required and admission is very competitive. Once you enter school, expect to receive classroom instruction and over 2,000 hours of clinical instruction.
It’s challenging, fast, intense, and some of the most rigorous of coursework,” said Jennifer M. Orozco, president and chair of the American Academy of Protected Areas.
She is also the Director of Providers for Advanced Practices at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, which accommodates about 30 students annually. It had anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 orders.