25 Jobs in Demand Right Now

Check out 25 exciting jobs that are in high demand right now.

By Reader's Digest Editors

Although the job market is still sluggish, there are plenty of new and exciting careers for individuals looking to switch jobs or put their skills toward something new.  Check out 25 exciting jobs that are in high demand right now.

Gaming Manager

Gaming managers are responsible for all games played on casino floors. Often equipped with Bachelor’s degrees in business administration, hospitality services, or math, gaming managers are responsible for kicking out cheaters and rewarding frequent guests and high-rollers. Apply to be a gaming manager at your nearest casino and put your management skills to work in an exciting environment.

Hydrologist

With an increasing need for sustainable environmental practices, hydrologists are in high demand in both the government and private sectors. Hydrologists study the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of water and most hydrologists come from a science background. With the ability to work both indoors and outdoors, hydrologists enjoy flexibility in their work routine.  Jobs within the private sector, like working for a consulting firm, usually offer higher salaries for beginning hydrologists.

Network Architect

Network architects are responsible for designing and structuring computer networking within businesses. Often network architects will choose what programs and processes to implement for the large-scale computer systems. Degrees in computer science and management, plus impeccable organizational skills are integral for success in this field.

Multimedia Artist

Those with a creative eye and a knack for technology can find a rewarding career as a multimedia artist. Multimedia artists help people visualize new and imagined spaces in our world and beyond by providing visuals used for planning purposes. Multimedia artists can work in animation, film, design, or advertising.

Logistician

Logisticians are responsible for the transportation of goods and materials from one place to another. While managing the supply chain, logisticians must be able to calculate and analyze the efficiency of the project to make sure items are delivered on time and within budget. Most logisticians complete specialized training and certifications, and they must be highly organized and good communicators.

Training Development Manager

Training development managers are needed across multiple industries — from healthcare to the corporate world. Training development managers must be able to understand the needs of the business effectively and conduct workshops to train employees on new duties or software. Applicants must be well-spoken, able to lead new groups, and able to translate processes and procedures effectively. Natural-born teachers, who are comfortable speaking in front of others, often do best in this growing profession.

Category Manager

Category managers work for suppliers to negotiate pricing, shelving, and shopper satisfaction for goods in the store with retailers. Instead of building a relationship with a retailer that revolves around advertising a specific product, category managers work with retailers to make in-store purchases easier to find and to provide a better overall shopping experience. Though no specialized training is needed, category managers often have degrees in marketing, advertising, and business administration. Certification is available and recommended for career development.

Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

Companies hire environmental health & safety specialists to make sure that the working environment for employees is up to the highest safety standards. A specialist will be tasked with analyzing things like air quality, water quality, machine safety, workspace, and dust to see if any of these elements may cause harm to employees while they work. Working across a variety of industries, these specialists often carry certificates or associate degrees. Certification is available and desirable especially with work in the government. Great organizational and analytical skills are important for success in this growing industry.

Urban Planner

Urban planners help city officials locate the best places for parks, schools, roads, shopping centers, and much more. Traveling on-site and using maps and computer programs, urban planners organize data and report it to officials and decision makers, working together to provide a safe and easy way for people to navigate their city. They often carry degrees in urban planning, architecture, and environmental studies and find that internships help further their career when they graduate into this exciting and needed field.

Risk Management Manager

While supervising a team of analysts, the duties of a risk management manager involve assessing and understanding risks involved with a project or business. After determining risks, the manager must make sure that there are ways to reduce risk and prioritize risks based on strategies that they create. Risk management managers usually have degrees and advanced degrees in business administration. If you love to crunch numbers and have a knack for organizing data, this may be the career for you.

Speech Language Pathologist

Helping people of all ages to speak, swallow, and communicate effectively is the duty of a speech language pathologist. Carrying advanced degrees and working within the government, healthcare, and private sectors, speech language pathologists must be patient and have a desire to help others communicate better. Analyzing new research and staying up-to-date on the latest treatments is imperative for continued success in this field.

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers use medicine and technology to create devices that help people live a healthier life. Engineering items like patches, inhalers, replacement organs, and more, biomedical engineers are in high demand as the global population gets older and relies more heavily on modern medicine. A degree in biomedical, technical, or mechanical engineering is required for new engineers and advanced degrees are required for research and development. Biomedical engineers often find that there are opportunities not only within the pharmaceutical industries but across multiple industries like law or finance.

Physician Assistant

Under the direct supervision of a doctor, physician assistants meet with patients and provide guidance and care as outlined by the attending physician. Often working in family practice, internal, and pediatric medicine, physician assistants are many times needed in rural areas where doctors may be sparse. Becoming a physician assistant requires licensure and a degree in a health-related field.

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  • Your Comments

    • Clg15

      i love this job its called gamemanager an ilove games and video games so plz plz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz plz take me 4 the job :) :0

      • M.L.H. Javert

        Gaming Manager has to do with monitoring a Casino, and kicking out cheaters, not video gaming, you numb nuts!
        Oh, and learn to write like someone older than 16 (no slang), and do away with those ridiculous smileys! Nobody will hire you when you spell “please” as “plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz” or “plz”, or using the number four (“4″) instead of “for”.

        • ML

          lol, this made me actually fall out of my chair.

    • Clg15

      omg ill  take it lol love me for ever

    • riley

      This is a joke right? In just about every western nation across the entire globe there is almost zero urban planning jobs and it is not expected to pick up for another 10 years.

    • Air-conditioning training

      Training in HVAC is definitely a good career choice because technicians will always be in demand.

    • http://www.hvacjobstraining.com HVAC Training

      HVAC Training is a great career.  Glad to see this industry listed in your top 25

    • BobShah44

      A common complaint but without a solution. As long as the American public insists on best bargain, and off shore manufacturers, to include many American companies can produce less expensively, manufacturing jobs will be going off shore. Surely in this poor economy you can’t expect Government to impose higher tariffs of imports to compensate. That doesn’t creat jobs. Just more poverty. We have the greatest technology, skills and training potential in the world. We also have many of the most arrogant “blue collar” and civil service workers in the world, demanding wages and benefits exorbitantly over the value of the work done. If you don’t agree, tell me why Honda, Toyota, Subaru, etc. can produce quality cars at competitive prices here in America and American auto manufacturers can’t. Labor and Management have to embrace not only the efficiencies we taught the Japanese but the humility and common sense to accept a FAIR wage and benefit.

    • Scoop2

      scoop2
      Your list of ” In Demand” jobs indicates the basic problem with our American society. These are all service type of positions. WHERE ARE THE MANUFACTURING JOBS? Where are the jobs where you make something and then sell it  to American and international markets? 
      Lets get together and start making useful things again,  for sale here and beyond our shores. That is how we are going to save America. 

      • http://twitter.com/K4thl33n Kathl33n

        AMEN!!!

      • Rdavidson376

        I am now retired from a long career in business training, courseware development, technical writing and technical training.  Scoop2 you are VERY correct in your comment concerning the need to develop the so-called “blue collar” skills.  Sometime back, American business found out that those college graduates that didn’t even know how to hang their diplomas could offer brain power in the market and call it services.  The Training field followed suit and everyone forgot about our needs for the person that can keep our infrastructure, machines, electrical grids, etc. etc.  And oh yes, “Trainers” today in business are typically the first to be let go (laid off) when companies profits start to go south.  Go figure??

      • seb

        you are saying people should consume MORE than what they are …

    • Jbubflorio

      wow, those jobs require very definitive skills. Not a job that you will learn in a month or a year but you need a background and progressive build up to be considered in any of those specialty fields.