Take Control: Where Are the Hot Jobs?

Government management: In the private sector, only about one quarter of all jobs are management and professional level; in government that number is closer to 80 percent. From managing public housing to a wildlife preserve, positions exist in just about every discipline: finance, HR, communications, technology. The same applies to a college or university system: These are like communities of their own with an abundance of management roles, though the educational requirements tend to be higher in academia than government. Just last month, government at all levels added 38,000 jobs; Uncle Sam expects to hire 200,000 new employees in the next year.


Beauty is big business. Specialty salons are opening everywhere -- from malls to Main Street. There are 1.7 million professional salon employees, which outnumber the 1.1 million lawyers in America. And the industry says it now needs more new professionals than it can supply. Licensing requirements vary by state, but can be completed in as little as s few months of intensive training for hair stylists, nail technicians, aestheticians and more.


The emerging green collar sector -- which involves products and services that are environmentally friendly -- is booming. With global warming the "it" topic, clean tech has become a hot new area of venture capital funding, which together with government initiatives could create million of new jobs. The 8.5 million people who now have jobs in renewable-energy and energy-efficiency industries could grow to as many as 40 million in the next 20 years. These jobs are everything from bike repair and home weatherization to traditional fields like finance and marketing that focus specifically on going green. Anticipating the growth in green collar careers, many Web sites are now devoted to this specialized category.

For more fast-growth occupations, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which can be found here.

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on ABC's "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire. For more,visit www.womenforhire.com.

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