Health care is the country’s fastest-growing industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released projected employment statistics through 2020 earlier this year. As the boomers enter their golden years, there will be increased demand for health-care-support jobs such as home health aides (at a projected growth rate of 35 percent over the next ten years, more than twice the overall workforce, it’s the fastest-growing occupational group, according to the BLS), but an aging population isn’t the only factor, says Michael Wolf, branch chief of the BLS’s National Employment Matrix. “There’s more that you can do in health care than you could in the past, and that’s also causing growth,” he explains. “As the population lives longer and as we have more possible types of treatment available, that leads to larger demand for health-care services and workers in health-care fields.”
The biotech industry is accelerating dramatically, creating jobs for medical scientists and biomedical engineers. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline can take individual courses in NYU-Poly’s M.S. in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship program (718-260-3600, poly.edu), in consultation with the program director to decide if they want to pursue the degree. Hot topics include Biosensors and Biochips (Thu 3–5:30pm Sept 4–Dec 21) and Biotechnology and Health Care (Tue 3–5:30pm Sept 4–Dec 21).
Given the constant sight of sidewalk sheds in most parts of the city, it wouldn’t surprise most New Yorkers to learn that the construction industry is the second-speediest-growing field. There is a caveat, though: Because the sector was hit hard by the recession, despite rapid growth in the next decade, it won’t bounce back to prerecession levels, and many of the “new” jobs will be filled by previously laid-off workers. If you want to move into construction management, Pace University’s Construction Project Management Certificate (Sat Oct 6–27; four weeks $495; 914-773-3714, pace.edu) covers the necessary skills (how to estimate cost, establish schedules and monitor performance, for example) and safety regulations.
The bursting of the dot-com bubble didn’t inflict lasting damage on the tech industry—it’s kept expanding at a steady rate, even during the recession, says Wolf. “Computer occupations continued to grow over the past three to four years even as many other occupations were declining.” Because of the field’s constantly evolving nature, it’s difficult for the BLS to measure individual occupations, but software developers and network and database administrators are all expected to be in demand.—Lisa Ritchie