Hottest Jobs for 2013

As 2013 approaches at breakneck speed, some jobs and career choices are hot while others are not. Although the mantra, “do what you love, the money will follow,” remains valid, it does not apply to all careers.

For example, if you really want to be a blacksmith and live in a big city, this job and career, however much you love it, may not be the best option. You’ll probably find that blacksmith opportunities simply do not exist in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, or Chicago.

Conversely, should you love working with computers, you should find numerous well-paying options. Since IT is a fixture at most companies in all industries—except, possibly, the blacksmith industry—you can enter an industry that captures your imagination, as well as enjoying varied job opportunities.

Top Careers in the U.S. for 2013

If you’re qualified as a doctor, lawyer or architect, your job is probably also your career. In other cases, you might want to choose a career or industry, before seeking specific jobs, which often are similar in multiple industries.

Here are some of the top careers and industries, which project numerous job opportunities in 2013 and beyond. Consider these projections, as you contemplate the job you want to get. Here are some of the hottest careers and industries, listed in no particular order of “heat.”

  • Computer and online services
  • Health care – all job levels
  • Tourism support services
  • Science and technology
  • Architecture and engineering
  • Business, including management and finance
  • Education, from pre-school through college-level.
  • Legal and law enforcement

Hottest Jobs for 2013

The Boston Globe recently borrowed and published some useful information compiled by MONEY Magazine and From their list of the 50 Best Jobs in America, the Boston Globe highlighted the Top 10 Best Jobs for the immediate future. Here are some of the hottest of the hot for your consideration.

10. Psychologist—over 19 percent growth and median compensation around $75,000.

9. Pharmacist—almost 25 percent job growth, with median salaries approaching $98,000.

8. Residential and commercial real estate appraiser—over 22 percent growth and median compensation around $82,000.

7. Computer and IT analyst--over 36 percent growth and a median salary at almost $131,000.

6. Market research analyst—job growth projected over 20 percent, with a median compensation over $134,000.

5. Physician’s assistant (PA)—huge job growth, anticipated at almost 50 percent, and a PA median salary over $77,000.

4. Human resource professionals—projected growth over 23 percent and HR managerial salaries upwards of $140,000.

3. Financial advisors and portfolio managers—enjoy over 25 percent growth and compensation in the $100,000 area.

2. College professors and administrators—job growth projections around 30 percent and compensation dependent on the school and your specific job.

And winner is –

1. Software engineers and designers—a wonderful 46 percent job growth projection and median salaries should be around $85,000.

This list, compiled by MONEY Magazine and, also suggests that the industries associated with these jobs will generate numerous support positions. For example, additional good jobs in the health care industry, such as medical coders, office assistants and medical insurance claims processors, also should be hot jobs in 2013.

There are some hot jobs that do not require a Bachelors Degree. These jobs are hot because they are in demand, projecting solid growth in 2013 and beyond, and offer good compensation.

  • Dental hygienists
  • Online advertising managers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Medical secretaries and assistants
  • Paralegals
  • Court reporters and stenographers
  • HVAC mechanics and repair/install specialists
  • Surveyors
  • Executive secretaries and assistants
  • Insurance agents

Median annual compensation for these growing jobs ranges from around $35,000 to $80,000, depending on the job, the industry and your experience. Although these positions do not require a 4-year college degree, they do mandate that you get some proper training. However, instead of four years and many thousands in tuition, these training and certification programs are much shorter and very much less costly.

Now that you are aware of some of the hottest jobs and careers for 2013, the next step is yours. If you’re happy with your job, your employer, your career and your industry, you can share this information with your co-workers, friends and family. Should you be thinking about a job or career change, use this information to help plan your future.

These jobs are hot now, should stay hot in 2013 and, then, remain hot for the foreseeable future. If what you love to do appears among the hot jobs noted, don’t worry, the money will follow. Happy job hunting.



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