America’s Most Wanted J-O-B-S

Here are the 10 hottest employment opportunities for the next millennium

Whether you’re just entering the job market or you want to jump-start your current profession, we invite you to check out the 10 hottest careers for 1999 and beyond. The selection taps into a variety of interests, skills, experience requirements and job levels. Salaries, which largely depend on experience and geographical location, range from the low $20s to more than $100,000 annually.

Three of the 10 entries made the fastest growing occupations list published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This agency collects, processes and analyzes all employment data for the Department of Labor. According to the BLS, the total number of jobs in the United States is expected to increase by 18.6 million between now and 2006. The fastest growing occupations are concentrated in service sectors such as business services, healthcare and social services. The rapid growth in the business services sector is being led by technology-based jobs, especially those in computer and data processing services. As a result, these positions are projected to grow significantly more than the 14% average. Although employment growth is predicted to cross all levels of education and training, jobs usually requiring an associate degree or higher are expected to grow faster than average. Those requiring less education or training are predicted to grow more slowly than average; however, they will account for more than half of overall employment growth. The remaining careers were culled from an analysis of jobs across a spectrum of industries where the expected demand will far exceed the pool of qualified personnel.

The following listing should be used as a resource by junior and high school students as well as by college students and experienced employees. In this dynamic labor market, your success depends on your ability to make informed decisions. The key to a fruitful professional career is in your hands. It’s your move.

Accountant
The BLS projects a more than 30% increase in job openings for accountants. The blossoming opportunities for the occupation are a result of the increasing complexity of financial transactions and the relative low turnover in the profession. Earnings depend on the type of firm as well as the specialty. Those in internal auditing and tax accounting generally earn more than their counterparts in public, general and cost accounting. Also, petroleum manufacturers offer higher starting salaries than public accounting firms or the government. Major growth areas include management consulting, international business, internal auditing, investigative, environmental and cost accounting and estate planning.

Requirements:
To practice, you need only a bachelor’s degree in accounting. However, to increase marketability, certified public accountants (CPAs), certified management accountants (CMAs) and certified internal auditors (CIAs) must obtain additional experience and pass a four-part examination.

Salary:
Entry level: $30,122-$36,905
Mid level: $34,898-$41,200
Executive: $39,165- $47,317
Contact:
National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA), 7249-A Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt, MD 20770.
301-474-NABA
www.nabainc.org

Relationship Manager
The evolution of the banking industry has spawned the emergence of the relationship manager. These professionals now advise clients on investments, cash management, insurance selection, security purchases and credit issues. Thanks to deregulation of the financial services industry in the 1980s, the

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