If you’ve been thinking about changing careers, you’d do well to consider one of the five types of jobs outlined below. That’s according to Jacob Bollinger, a data scientist with Bright.com who looked at more than 70 million online job postings to calculate the most in-demand jobs of 2014.
The jobs listed below—grouped in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification system—run the gamut from shlepping boxes in warehouses to helping companies develop complex software systems. It’s not quite right to say there’s something for everyone, but if you’re good with numbers, computers, and/or keeping people on task, 2014 could be your year. Scroll down to see the hottest jobs in the land.
1. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers — These jobs don’t pay incredibly well—the median wage is $11.49 per hour, according to Time magazine—but there are plenty of them. About 2 million working Americans fall under this category, which covers most manual labor not connected to the construction industry.
2. Accountants and Auditors — The world needs number crunchers, and if you’re good with math—and interested in making $30.55 per hour, as per Time—a career in accounting may be for you.
3. Software Developers — Are we in the midst of another tech boom? That depends on who you ask, but the more than 300,000 Americans working in this sector are liable to say yes. Experts insist it’s a growth industry, and given that you can earn nearly $100,000 per year, it’s no wonder so many people are flocking to the field.
4. Occupational Therapists — Here’s another up-and-coming industry where you can make good money. As Time reports, the average wage for those tasked with treating injuries and various types of ailments is $36.25—well above average. And since the Baby Boomers aren’t getting any younger, these jobs aren’t likely to go away any time soon.
5. General and Operations Managers — When the cat’s away, the mice will play, and that’s why every company needs good managers. If you possess strong leadership skills, this could be the line of work for you. As Time reports, more than 2 million Americans have jobs in management, and while being “the boss” brings with it a host of challenges, the $45.88 you’re liable to earn per hour might make it worth the trouble.