Occupational Outlook: A Snapshot of 2013

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A recent article from Forbes.com, cited Software Developers, Accountants & Auditors, and Market Research Analysts as the three job categories with the “best” outlook for 2013. According to the report, these jobs have seen job growth rates since 2010 of 7%, 3%, and 10% respectively. In terms of the total number of positions that’s just under 140,000 individual jobs created among those top three categories, with half falling exclusively under the Software Developer category (including both systems and applications developers).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, not only have these jobs seen relatively strong job growth post-recession, but they are also being projected to continue growing at or above the market average- with Market Research Analysts coming in at an impressive 41% growth through 2020.

While the jobs topping the list cited by Forbes were rated as such based on raw job growth numbers, not surprisingly, many of these jobs are also among the “best” in terms of salary. A strong demand for these highly skilled, well educated occupations across a wide range of industries helps to keep salaries fairly high.

Again referencing the 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average national salary (as of 2012) for each of the top three job categories in terms of growth are as follows: Software Developers at $90,530, Accountants & Auditors at $61,690, and Market Research Analysts at $60,570. Local salary comparisons for each of these categories are found below. All local salary data is reported from the 2012 ERC Salary Survey.

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