Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hot Jobs in a Cool Economy?

The latest issue of Women’s Health has an article called The Hottest Jobs Right Now, listing 5 jobs that they say “could lead to a richer, more rewarding future.” Here’s their list, along with their estimates of pay ranges according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data:

  • Eco Interior Designer: “helping home remodelers go green.” Pay: $50,000-$82,000
  • Social-Media Marketer: helping companies harness the marketing power of sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Pay: $113,000-$144,000
  • Financial Advisor: considered one of the 10 fastest-growing careers. Pay: $82,000-$137,000
  • Natural-Foods Chef: helping busy people eat healthily or tailor their diet to allergies, weight loss, etc. Pay: $41,000-$65,000
  • Wellness Manager: Working with corporations who want to reduce their long-term costs by focusing on preventive care for employees. Pay: $95,000-$125,000

A sidebar article also lists these “low-stress” jobs for people who are looking for quality of life rather than a big paycheck:

  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Credit Analyst
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Manager
  • Set Designer
  • Soil and Water Conservationist

I’m not sure I can take all the salary estimates too seriously, and obviously most of these aren’t jobs you can just waltz right into without some experience and training. Though I bet a lot of people will read this and say WHOOHOO, I could be a social media marketer!

Are there any readers out there who do any of these jobs? What do you think?
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