By all accounts, 2015 is going to be a great year for jobseekers. In its yearly Employment Outlook Survey, ManpowerGroup predicts a 19 percent increase in staffing levels, and as Daniel Bortz reports for TIME, sectors like retail and healthcare — the old standbys — are likely to account for many of those new jobs. But those won’t be the only opportunities coming down the pike.
Bortz goes on to highlight “The 5 Best Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of,” and he’s found some pretty amazing ones. First up is nuclear medicine technologist, which sounds more daunting than it really is. If you’ve got a background as an executive assistant or a medical administrator, you might be qualified to operate the equipment used in computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests. You can earn $71,120, and a list of accreditation programs is available here.
If you’re handy with a background as a mechanic or computer repairer, you might consider becoming a medical equipment repairer. Special skills are needed, but if you obtain an associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering, you can expect to earn $44,180. Info on studying for the necessary degree is available here.
Computer programmers, web developers, and IT specialists, meanwhile, should look into landing a digital risk officer gig. In this time of corporate hacks, companies are looking for tech wizards to protect their data, and as Bortz reports, this job boils down to “outthinking cybercriminals.” Educational prerequisites include a two- or four-year IT degree and digital analytics certification, as well as a risk assessment training program. The average salary is $153,602, by 2017, experts predict, a third of all large companies with digital components will employ digital risk officers.
Another position many companies will be looking to fill is health and wellness educator. That’s because more and more employers, in a bid to retain top talent and keep insurance costs low, are offering employees health-related perks. As Bortz reports, the health and wellness educator “works with employees individually to assess personal health issues and create strategies tailored to each person’s needs.” Candidates will need a four-year degree and health education specialist certification, and they’ll earn an average of $62,280.
Lastly, Bortz suggests management consultants able to assess structural efficiency might become industrial-organizational psychologists. What do these people do? They develop and manage everything from hiring systems to health and safety policies, all in the name of improving employee performance and overall satisfaction. A master’s is all that’s required, and the average salary of $80,330 makes this attractive, indeed.