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8 Hot Jobs to Land in 2013 and Beyond


5. Interpreters and translators
Expected growth (2010-2020): 42 percent
Average annual salary: $43,300
Minimum education: Bachelor's degree

If you are fluent in more than one language, your opportunity for using your skills in an interpreter or translator career will be excellent over the next eight years.

"This is a function of the global marketplace. Business is being done on a global scale, and immigration is also at an all-time high," Shatkin says.

The translation and interpreting industry has proved to be recession-resistant, showing double-digit growth even during the deepest global economic crisis, says Jiri Stejskal, president and CEO of Cetra Language Solutions in Elkins Park, Pa.

"This is simply because this service is not a luxury item but rather a communication tool, without which multinational companies and cross-border businesses cannot function," Stejskal says.

The need for good translators and interpreters hasn't slowed even after the proliferation of free automated translation tools such as Google Translate or Bing Translator.

"(This) does not reduce the need for translators and interpreters, but rather creates a whole new market for their services as world communities become more connected," Stejskal says.

Although interpreters and translators typically need a bachelor's degree, the chief requirement is being fluent in English and at least one other language. While there is no universal certification required to become an interpreter or translator, various associations provide certification programs.

6. Market research analysts, marketing specialists
Expected growth (2010-2020): 41 percent
Average annual salary: $60,570
Minimum education: Bachelor's degree

Why the need for market research analysts and marketing specialists?

"Two words: big data," says Beth Walker, chair of the marketing department at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. "The amount of data available on business customers and consumers has simply exploded in the past couple of years."

The data are coming at business from all angles -- cellphones, social media posts, digital pictures and videos, and purchase-transaction records. The information has the potential to reveal insights on individual consumers and isolate quickly changing market trends and demands, Walker says.

Sorting all this information and making it meaningful to businesses is creating more jobs for market research analysts and marketing specialists, she says.

Employment of people in marketing careers is expected to grow 41 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which says analysts and specialists will be in high demand at research firms, social and civic organizations, colleges and universities, and government agencies.

While you can land a job with a bachelor's degree and a few years of experience, most positions require a master's degree and a strong background in statistical and data analysis.

7. Marriage and family therapist
Expected growth (2010-2020): 41 percent
Average annual salary: $45,720
Minimum education: Master's degree

Increasingly, many people are turning to therapists for help with personal, family and marital problems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mental health careers are expected to grow by 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, while marriage and family counselors are projected to grow by 41 percent over the same period.

Not only are insurance companies providing more reimbursement for therapy, but treatment by a therapist with a master's degree is a less expensive alternative to psychiatrists with medical degrees or psychologists with doctoral degrees.

And therapy is becoming a more accepted effective treatment for emotional or mental difficulties, says Michael Chafin, president of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

"Therapy, in general, is finally losing its stigma problem that prevents people from accessing help," Chafin says.

Jobs for marriage, family and individual therapists will center on private practice, nursing and residential care facilities, outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, hospitals, and state and local government agencies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says all states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to have master's degrees and licenses to practice.

8. Physical therapists
Expected growth (2010-2020): 39 percent
Average annual salary: $76,310
Minimum education: Master's, doctoral or professional degree

Demand for physical therapists is growing as the baby boomer population ages.

In addition, technological advances are saving more trauma victims and newborns with birth defects, creating a greater demand for rehabilitation care. And medical therapies that are alternatives to placing people in long-term hospital care are in high demand, Shatkin says.

Rather than keeping people in a hospital bed to recuperate from injury or surgery, doctors can send patients home, having them return for outpatient physical therapy, he says.

Physical therapy jobs are expected to increase 39 percent by 2020, with increases in all settings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities are very good in acute hospital, skilled nursing and orthopedic settings, and in rural areas.

To practice, you must hold a master's or doctoral degree in physical therapy and complete residency programs after graduation that last nine months to three years. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

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