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Every year, the Occupational Information Network, or O*Net, lists dozens of emerging careers. Developed for the US Department of Labor, O*Net recognizes these “bright outlook occupations” because they offer some of the strongest job opportunities and best career prospects in the near future.
Here are eight bright-outlook careers from July 2011 O*Net update.
As companies assess and reassess their impact on the environment, they must rely on professionals like sustainability specialists to help them devise more energy- and resource-efficient ways to perform tasks. A bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering or a related field is required; a master’s degree is desirable. Median annual salary was $62,450 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Search Marketing Strategist
Online marketing has rapidly transformed how businesses reach customers, and shows no signs of slowing down. Search marketing strategists develop search-engine optimization (SEO) campaigns to increase visibility of and drive qualified traffic to a company’s Web site, among other tasks. A BA or BS in marketing or IT is required. Experience in developing Web pages and organic SEO is helpful. The median annual search marketing strategist salary was $79,240 in 2010, according to the BLS.
Document Management Specialist
The downsizing trend has created job opportunities for document management specialists. Understaffed IT and administrative staff rely on document management specialists to alleviate bottlenecks caused by inefficient document systems. A bachelor’s degree in business administration is required, along with experience in information systems and several years of experience working in record keeping or other administrative roles. The 2010 median documentation management specialist salary was $79,240, according to the BLS.
Nanotechnology Engineering Technologist
Nanotechnology, which involves creating new structures roughly on the same scale as individual atoms, is fueling a revolution in manufacturing and production by creating new materials and novel processes in a range of fields, according to the National Nanotechnology...