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What are the hottest jobs of 2018? What are the hottest jobs of 2018?
 


The Hottest Jobs for 2018 and Beyond

San Diego State University’s diverse programs prepare students for these in-demand careers.
By SDSU News Team
 

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) spotlights what are likely to be the fastest-growing occupations between now and 2026 across the United States. As the report points out, "Knowing which industries are projected to grow or decline helps job seekers make more informed career decisions."
 
It can also help college students make knowledgeable decisions when choosing a major.
 
Here are five occupations expected to expand over the next decade and how San Diego State University’s diverse programs prepare students for these in-demand careers.
 

Registered Nurse

Projected increase in jobs over the next decade: 15 percent
Increase in job number: 437,000
Number of jobs in 2016: 2,955,200
Median salary in 2016: $68,450
Job outlook: There will be an ongoing emphasis on preventive care. Growing rates of diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions, as well as Baby Boomers living longer than previous generations are all driving the need for registered nurses.
 
 
“Our four-year direct admission program receives over 4,000 applications each year for 120 seats in the class,” said Philip Greiner, director of SDSU’s School of Nursing. Baccalaureate educated registered nurses (RNs) are in high demand because international and national research demonstrates that patients have better outcomes when their nursing care is provided by BSN-educated nurses.”
 

Software Developer

Projected increase in jobs over the next decade: 24 percent
Increase in job numbers: 299,500
Number of jobs in 2016: 1,256,200
Median salary in 2016: $102,280
Job outlook: At 24 percent, the projected growth in jobs for software developers is three times higher than the average for all occupations.

SDSU’s computer science undergraduate program gives students a broad background in computer science theory, enabling them to pursue technology careers and higher-level education goals.
 
 

Accountant and Auditor

Projected increase in jobs over the next decade: 10 percent
Increase in job numbers: 140,300
Number of jobs in 2016: 1,397,700
Median salary in 2016: $68,150
Job outlook: In general, the growth in the accounting industry is closely tied to the health of the economy. As the economy expands, the BLS report notes, there will be an increased need for professionals to prepare financial records and assess financial operations.

SDSU’s Fowler College of Business is now recognized as one of the leading business schools in the country with nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs. 
 
Students interested in accounting can kick-start their career by seeking a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree through the Fowler College of Business’ undergraduate business program. Students can also continue their post-graduate education at SDSU through the Master of Science in Accountancy program
 

Market Research Analyst

Projected increase in jobs over the next decade: 23 percent
Increase in job numbers: 136,000
Number of jobs in 2016: 595,400
Median salary in 2016: $62,560
Job outlook: The growing demand for market research analysts is being driven by the increased use of research data across all industries.

Students interested in becoming a market research analyst most commonly prepare by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree with a concentration in statistics or a degree in marketing. 
 
SDSU offers both marketing and statistics degrees for undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a Bachelor and Master of Science in Statistics, while the Fowler College of Business offers multiple marketing degrees
  

General and Operations Manager

Projected increase in jobs over the next decade: 8 percent
Increase in job numbers: 195,100
Number of jobs in 2016: 2,572,000
Median salary in 2016: $103,950
Job outlook: You can't walk into one of these management positions straight out of college. They typically require five years of experience, and often much more. Employment opportunities will be strongest in industries that are expanding with fierce competition for top executive spots.
 
Management is one of eight majors within SDSU’s Fowler College of Business. Students can choose a specialization in general management, entrepreneurship or human resources.  
 
“The Fowler College of Business is one of the leading business schools in the country and is graduating students who are job ready to work in a number of these areas including accounting, market research and general operations management,” said George Belch, senior associate dean of the college. “Students majoring in marketing take courses in market research as well as statistics and analytics. Students majoring in management, management  information systems and general business are being prepared for positions in management as well as operations,” he added.

Shelley Levitt at The California State University News contributed to this story.