If you take a quick look at the home page of the massively successful job search site CareerBuilder.com you’ll see a list of ten keywords:
These are the top words employers are using most often when they search for candidates on the site. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that those ten keywords represent the top job openings in the United States right now.
But before we dig into the list, let’s take a look at some interesting statistics on the job market as it stands right now:
Each year U.S. colleges award approximately 1.9 million bachelor degrees. In fact, nearly a third of the U.S. population holds a bachelor degree. Yet 7% of college graduates are unemployed and nearly 15% are underemployed. Despite a highly educated work force, employers difficulty finding candidates to fill open positions. Why, with a population of educated people who want and need to work, do tons of jobs go unfilled?
Where’s the disconnect?
Employers agree that if you have a college degree, even one in liberal arts, you have value. Your degree exhibits that have discipline, organizational skills, and the ability to perform critical thinking. But here’s the rub: today’s companies require even entry an level employee to arrive with experience in addition to a degree.
It’s the proverbial Catch 22. You need to skills to be hired and you need to be hired in order to gain skills. On the job training seems to be a thing in the past.
So, here you are. You worked hard for your degree, you have a mountain of student debt and no decent job prospects on the horizon. Not a great place to be. So, imagine this for a second: take your degree, hang it on the wall, and get down to the brass tacks of what it’s going to take to land a great job.
Here are the 10 top job openings (in no particular order) on CareerBuilder.com
· Customer Service
· Registered Nurse
· Project (Manager)
· Java Programming
· .Net Framework
· SQL Programming
· Cisco Certified Network Associate
In order to analyze each top job opening, we viewed the results for the Cincinnati, Ohio area, which gives us a good idea of what’s going on in many metropolitan areas of the U.S.
A lot of people earn a ton of money in sales. But speak to top salespeople and you discover that they live with a lot of risk. Reliant upon commission for the largest percentage of their earnings, salespeople often don’t how much they’ll make from month to month. The top job openings we found on CareerBuilder all required previous experience and many also involved travel. If you’re not born for this kind of lifestyle, sales isn’t for you.
Let’s move on…
Even entry-level positions in the accounting category required an associate or bachelor degree in accounting. Next…
Sometimes lumped together with sales, the customer services job listings on Career Builder seemed to be mostly retail jobs that pay minimum wage or just a little bit more. And crazy as it may seem, most them still required previous experience! Not exactly what you had in mind when you got your degree, right? No chance you’ll be able to pay off your student loans in customer service.
Good nursing jobs require advanced degrees, licensing and a vast amount of experience. Unless you are ready to go back to school for many years, nursing is not an option.
Most of the top job openings under the category of Project Manager required extensive previous experience plus a technical degree or an engineering degree. Nix that unless you want to start over again.
The majority of jobs in Finance were analyst positions. They required 2-5 years of on the job experience, a college degree in business or technology, and more.
We dumped the remaining four out of 10 top job openings into one bucket we call Technology Jobs. They are:
- Java Programming
- .NET Framework
- SQL Programming
- Cisco Certified Network Associate
If you’re getting the idea that tech is where a big percentage of the top job openings live, you’re right.! Programmers are among the most highly sought after employees at every level. According to the U.S. Department of Labor there are more than 500,000 job openings in technology-related sectors right this minute.
Because of the high demand something really cool has emerged. It’s called the Coding Bootcamp. Coding Bootcamps are becoming the best and certainly the fastest way to get trained for some of the most lucrative top job openings in technology.
Coding Bootcamps are short and highly intensive 8-10 week programmer training programs that cost a tiny fraction of what it takes to get a college degree. They are perfect for a highly motivated individuals who wans to get into the work force quickly, start making real money, and have the kind of job security that most people only dream of. And coding bootcamps are attracting college grads with who hold “worthless” degrees in droves.
So, are you ready to stop posting your resume on job sites and to stop worrying about how you’re going to pay off your student loans? Do you want to experience the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with landing a great job that has a high rate of satisfaction? Then programming may be for you!
(By the way, the job openings for programmer that we found on Career Builder had starting salaries at $50,000 and went up to over $100,000/year. )
Here at MaxTrain we became so jazzed about coding bootcamps that a few years ago we developed our own. Out CincyCodeIt Java Bootcamp and the .NET Bootcamp now set the standard for programmer training around the country. If you’re a fast-learner, detail-oriented, and have a comfort level with numbers you likely have all the requirements for acceptance into one of our coding Bootcamp right away.
And the proof is in the pudding! Job placement rate for CincyCodeIt Bootcamp graduates is 98.5% and this track record goes all the way back to our first bootcamp in 2012 (and includes the latest figures!). What’s more, as of September of 2016 the average starting salary for bootcamp graduates was $51,000!
Are you ready to get trained to grab one of the top job openings in the country right now? For CincyCodeIt Bootcamp info link here. Or if you’re convinced and can’t wait, talk to a real person right now by calling 513-322-8888. We’re here to answer your questions about getting you into this lucrative and rewarding field.
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