CareerFocus: Jobs in Demand

By Craig Clagett

Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. compiles and analyzes regional economic and labor market data. EMSI data reveal the industries that will provide job growth, and the specific occupations that will be in demand, for the region comprising Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County and Howard County. The EMSI data reported here provide a regional career and job outlook to the year 2012.

Industries adding the most jobs between now and 2012 include higher education, local and state government, health care and computer services. While faculty comprise much of the anticipated job growth in higher education, colleges will also need administrators, janitors, coaches, accountants, and other staff. Elementary, middle and secondary school teachers will drive growth in local government employment, along with police and correctional officers.

Average Annual Job Openings, 2008 Hospitals and other health care establishments will need many new workers over the next five
years. Nurses will be most in demand, but nursing aides, medical assistants, laboratory technologists, respiratory therapists and other allied health professionals, pharmacy technicians, and administrators will also be needed.

Temporary help service workers in demand in the region will include laborers, office clerks, customer service representatives, and receptionists.

Information technology employers will be hiring computer software engineers, network and computer systems administrators, systems analysts, and help desk workers.

Employers Adding Most Jobs, to 2012 Community care facilities for the elderly will need nursing aides,home health aides, food service wait and kitchen staff, registered and licensed practical nurses,housekeepers, and maintenance workers.
Jobs in demand that have above average wages include computer software engineers, registered nurses, business operations specialists, and accountants and
auditors.

While the occupations highlighted here are those with the most projected job openings in the region over the next five years, the local economy will provide many other rewarding career opportunities. Labor market demand should be only one factor among others, including your personal interests, that guide your career planning choices.

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