How to Find a Job in a Growing Industry

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If you want to get hired right now, you many want to look at some of these entry-level hot growth positions to get a middle management position or be promoted within a few years. Some job skills from previous positions or areas of expertise might be transferable to the new position. But those searching for positions in new sectors should be willing to complete short term training at a community college or certificate program to gain the job skills required by the new position.

The following may not be exactly what you are looking for, but taking a job in these areas may pay dividends for your future while you work into that dream job:

Shipping Clerk

Also called receiving and traffic clerk. Organized track of freight from its source to its destination, and organize all recordsa and files related to it. Requirements: High-school diploma; familiarity with computers is a plus. Pay: Median annual wage was $27,660 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned from $21,900 to $34,640.

Cargo and Freight Agent

Handles and arranges transportation, routes and other details to get shipments to their destinations. Requirements: high school diploma and on-the-job training. Pay: Median hourly wage was $17.92 in 2008. The middle 50 percent made from $13.67 to $22.92 per hour.

Insurance Agent

Sells policies to protect people, property and businesses from financial losses related to accidents, diseases and disaster. Requirements: bachelor’;s degree in a business-related field, though a high-school diploma will sometimes suffice. State licensure. Pay: Teh median annual income was $45,430 in 2008. The middle 50 percent earned from $33,070 to $68,730.

Solar Equipment Installer

Helps set up all the gear that controls power plants. Requirements: associates degree in electronics; professional certification often needed. Pay: Median hourly wage was $29.34 in 2008. The middle 50 percent earned from $25.68 to $33.72.

Financial Services Agent

Helps customers make decisions about what kinds of financial products they need, often by telephone or a call center. Requirements: Bachelor’;s degree ina business-related field; licenses, but most employers will help new hires prepare for it. Pay: The median annual salary was $68,660 a year in 2008. The middle 50 percent earned from $40,480 to $122,270.


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