As summer turns into fall, that familiar "back-to-school" feeling affects adults as well as children. Just as kids get serious about schoolwork after months of play, many grownups feel it's time to focus on their current career path. Take a look at what industries grew in Los Angeles in 2014, a signal of what jobs will bein demand as hiring starts for the new year.
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You might think that jobs within growing industries all require years of education or experience, but the truth is much more encouraging for people who are either looking to make a career change or those who are entering the job market for the very first time. The variety and volume of positions within the following industries are optimistic indicators for job seekers of all ages, education levels and years of experience.
Top 5 Industries in the Los Angeles-Area Market
1. Depository Credit Intermediation
Skills in demand: personal bankers, tellers, loan officers, customer service representatives
2. Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Skills in demand: developers, engineers, business analysts, project managers
3. Traveler Accommodation
Skills in demand: guest service representatives, auditors, security officers
4. Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Skills in demand: developers, project managers, retail sales representatives, analysts
5. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Skills in demand: nurses, clinical laboratory scientists, pharmacists, physical therapists
Gauging the Competition
The Depository Credit Intermediation field leads the way looking to hire personal bankers, financial advisors, loan officers and tellers. There have been almost 9,000 of these types of jobs posted from January through May of this year, an 18% increase since 2013.
There were approximately 5,500 Computer Systems Design and Related Services job postings for developers, engineers, analysts and project managers so far this year, showing continued strength in the technology field.
Traveler Accommodation companies seeking guest service representatives, front desk agents, auditors and hospitality positions posted more than 3,600 jobs this year. However, this is a 10% decrease since last year, signaling a high level of competition in this industry.
The Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services sector posted almost 3,600 openings for developers, project managers and analysts this year, a 6% gain since 2013.
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals in Los Angeles looking for nurses, pharmacists and therapists announced almost 3,500 openings so far in 2014 – a 26% drop over last year indicating continued competition in the healthcare field.
The right job means different things to different people. By evaluating which industries have the most opportunity and potential for growth in the Los Angeles area, job seekers can take some of the guesswork out of choosing a career and map out a path that offers a chance for long-term success and satisfaction.
—Tribune Recruitment Services