Whether you’re straight out of college or considering transitioning into a new field, it is possible to find a job that pays well and meets your interests. When you love what you do, you’ll be intrinsically motivated to succeed and find meaning in your work. Here are our top picks for jobs in interesting, great paying industries poised for growth so you can combine fun and earning a great paycheck! Sounds sweet? Read on!
1. Get Otherworldly in Virtual Reality
Once a fantasy, virtual reality is increasingly becoming the technology of the future. If you enjoyed playing video games as a kid or still turn to games for your Friday night fun, definitely look into a career in virtual reality or VR. Virtual reality is projected to have a $1.7 billion market share this year, and move up to $24.5 billion by 2020!
Jobs in VR might include sales and marketing of gadgets like the Oculus Rift headset, engineering and design jobs, software development, and, of course, video gaming (another top job growth area). Skills that translate to virtual reality include cell phone technology, 3D modeling, and C++ programming. Whether you’ve got a degree in computer science or are a self-taught coder or developer, VR is about to boom.
2. Get Physical in Physical Therapy
If you’re passionate about working out and staying fit, physical therapy is a great way to translate your healthy hobby into a well-paying, growth-packed career. As a physical therapist, you’ll help patients recover from injuries and illnesses and regain a sense of normalcy and self-sufficiency in their lives. Every day is different, but the work generally involves one-on-one coaching, exercising, and strength training. So, if you like people and working out, find out if PT is for you.
Physical therapy as a profession is projected to grow by 34 percent from 2014 to 2024. The median salary for physical therapists is just over $84,000.
3. Get a Drones-Eye View
If you enjoy robotics, consider going into the drone industry. Over the last few years drones have become known as “guy toys” but don’t let that fool you. When it comes to industries poised for growth, drones and drone technologies are projected to do extremely well with thanks to their significant potential across a wide range of industries. PricewaterhouseCoopers recently valued the drone market at $127 billion, mainly for the tech’s application in mining, transport, and infrastructure.
Jobs working with drones include drone piloting, camera worker, sensor operator, and more. Robotics and aeronautics training translates naturally to drone work.
4. Sleuth in Cybersecurity
If you love tech and sleuthing, cybersecurity jobs provide major pay and hit your personal sweet spot. In 2016, there were over 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions in the U.S. Demand for these professionals far outstrips current supply. Since few workers have the skills needed to succeed in cyber security, those who do are well-compensated and generally have their choice of jobs.
On an executive level, CISOs (chief information security officers) in major cities earn over $200,000 on average. Pay for information security analysts, the typical entry cyber security entry level position starts at just over $88,000. Cyber security pros typically have a computer science background. They spend their days fighting the “bad guys” i.e. hackers who try to break into computer systems, by using their expertise to build robust cyber assessment tools and analyze various forms of information security.
5. Go Green
No college humor here -if the current trend toward legalization continues, the medical and recreational cannabis will top the industries poised for growth in 2017 and beyone. Legal cannabis sales are projected to grow from $7.4 billion in sales last year to $20.6 billion by 2020.
The market is diverse. From farmers to tincture makers, to dispensaries, edibles chefs, green-tour services, to cannabis delivery services and even marijuana real estate specialists, the green is poised for growth.
Other Industries Poised for Growth in 2017
According to Forbes, careers in these other industries are also project to be on the rise: computer systems and design, new dwelling construction, finance and accounting, and scientific technical services.
If working in weed sounds like where you want to be, getting into the legal marijuana industry now might be a savvy move since it will give you time to move up in the ranks by the time pot really starts paying out. Currently, cannabis industry salaries range from $50,000 to $90,000 per year.
Whether you’re passionate about tech, fitness, or robotics, or pot legalization, you can bolster your skills now and get started with a rewarding, lucrative career in a field you’ll enjoy!