- </a>Last year, the job market was anything but inviting. However, at the <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/12/29/gains-loses-of-2010-the-good-the-bad-the-memorable/">close of 2010</a></strong>, there was a glimmer of hope. According to recent <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/12/09/5-ways-to-maintain-after-losing-unemployment-benefits/">unemployment</a></strong> data released by the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/" target="_blank"><strong>Bureau of Labor Statistics</strong></a>, the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.4% in December, the lowest it’s been since May of 2009. With the new year just getting started, now is the time to enter into this year's most promising industries. <strong>BlackEnterprise.com</strong> spoke with Matthew Henson, vice president of public relations from <a href="http://www.monster.com/"><strong>Monster Worldwide</strong></a>, about why these 5 industries are in demand in 2011.–<em>Janel Martinez</em>
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- </a>Technology </strong> –Aspiring digerati will have plenty of opportunities to delve into the field this year. The technology sector has experienced 20% annual growth, from this time last year, according to Henson. He believes the bulk of the growth will be driven by small and medium businesses due to those companies beginning to invest in <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/20/blacks-lacking-in-stem-careers/">technology</a></strong>. Specifically, there will be long-term demand for security specialists, software engineers and web developers.
- </a>Business and Financial Operations </strong> –This sector showed one of the largest annual growth periods. Occupations to look out for are accountants and financial analysts. Businesses will rely on management analysts, or management consultants, to help them remain competitive amidst ongoing changes. Management consultants are in charge of analyzing and suggesting ways to improve an organization’s structure, as well as increase profits and efficiency.
- </a>Banking</strong> –The banking industry troubles are clearing up, and with it comes opportunities. "We’re assuming activity in investment and commercial banking to take off with the economic recovery," adds Henson. Forecasts show this competitive industry will have continued long-term demands. Although banking possibilities as a whole will thrive, in particular, jobs such as loan councilors and retail bank tellers top the list.
- </a>Health care and social assistance</strong> –Due to<strong> </strong>the constant dependency on this industry, it's been stable throughout the job market insecurity. "We haven’t seen the dramatic declines in health care that we’ve seen in other categories throughout the recession, but there’s sill sizable growth year-to-year." The Monster exec describes the industry as "recession proof." Jobs that are experiencing growth in this industry are occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists.
- </a>Sales</strong> –Popular jobs hiring in this field are customer service representatives, <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/11/12/four-tips-on-how-you-can-become-a-consultant/">consultants</a></strong>, and marketing and sales support. “Businesses want to capitalize on their growth by garnering additional sales and revenue so they’re going to start on their front line hiring and getting the right sales people on board,” remarks Henson.
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- </a><em>Note: This industry forecast is based on an aggregate of Monster.com findings, such as the Monster Employment Index 2010, a monthly gauge of U.S. online job demand based on a review of millions of job opportunities gathered from a large representative selection of corporate career Websites and job boards.</em> <em><strong>For more careers content, read:</strong></em></p> <a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/19/on-the-job-reinventing-yourself-to-land-a-dream-gig/"><strong>On the Job: How to Reinvent Yourself and Land That Dream Gig</strong></a></p> <a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/18/7-signs-you-need-to-change-careers/"><strong>On the Job: 7 Signs You're Burnt Out & Need to Make a Career Move</strong></a></p>
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