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These 12 careers are your best chance to get a job in 2021.

by Troy Norton

You have the best chance of getting hired if you are pursuing any one of these 12 careers in 2021 because these are the jobs with the highest demand for hiring.  Some of them pay over $100,000 a year, some require no college degree, some of them have online courses, and some of them allow you to work from home.

The world is going back to work and so are you! So, you need to make your steps (or should I say interviews) count.  Let’s look at the careers that will be hired the most in 2021.

1. Wind Turbine Technicians

Projected 61% increase in hiring
It’s not a surprise this career has moved up to number one.  Renewable energy is the trend as the world is more concerned about global warming.

If you like a little adventure, this is the gig for you because you need to enjoy working outdoors and not be afraid of heights or working in small spaces.  You will be stuffing yourself inside a turbine housing to build it, fix it, or run routine maintenance.

But, being referred to as a “Wind Tech” and helping to save the planet carries some worthy conversational weight.
Professional Wind Turbine Technicians look at a computer as they monitor a turbine we see behind them.According to the American Wind Energy Association, there are over 54,500 wind turbines in at least 42 states in the US and growing.

A potential drawback to this job is you may have to move to a state where they will be installing or already have wind turbines.  However, you’re going to be earning around $52,900 a year in salary.

Skills needed to be a wind turbine technician (Wind Tech)

You will need to be a hands-on, tool-loving person.  Similar to installing solar panels, many companies offer on-the-job training or you can find some online courses for technical training on how to become a wind turbine technician.

2. Nurse Practioner

Projected 52% increase in hiring
It’s no surprise this “hero career” has jumped up to #2 for 2021. You can expect to bring home about $109,820 per year and be honored as a person saving lives.

A male nurse practitioner is giving a sad five year old little boy medicine on a spoon.Nurse Practitioners (APRNs) are also often called Nurse anesthetists or nurse-midwives.   They coordinate patient care and may provide primary and even specialty healthcare.

Once you get your Master’s degree get ready for the companies to start pursuing you for hire.  But, you will need to complete one more step – a state license and national APRN certification.

Here is a video showing you what it is like to be a Nurse Practioner:

3. Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Projected 51% increase in hiring!

Career solar installers are working on a roof professionally installing solar panels

If you like to work outside and you like working with your hands and tools, this job could be perfect for you.  Your main task is to install solar panels on roofs.
The good news is your starting pay is about $44,890 a year.
But the potential bad news is – you can’t be afraid of heights to have this career.

What kind of education or training does a solar installation expert need?

More good news!  It’s one of those high-paying jobs you don’t need a college degree for and most companies will train you.  Companies offer on-the-job training that could take up to a year.  Now if you want to look impressive and want a better chance of landing the gig, some technical schools and community colleges offer online solar energy training courses that will help get you started in your solar career.

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4. Occupational Therapy Assistant

Projected 35% increase in hiring
This is another medical career that has taken a jump in demand.  Enjoy working on your feet and helping people improve the quality of their lives? As an occupational therapist, you will help patients develop the skills they need to do a range of daily activities from getting dressed to working, learning, and playing.

An occupational therapist assistant is on the phone in an office.

One of the neat things about this inspiring career is how dynamic it is. Love kids? Perfect! You could work with premature babies at a pediatric hospital or in schools with children who have developmental, learning, or behavioral disorders. You could also work in nursing homes helping patients recover from strokes or manage Alzheimer’s Disease. Many occupational therapists even help accident victims regain the skills they need to live their best lives. 

The average occupational therapist salary is $61,500, but you’ll need a master’s degree in the field to do this work. Complete one of these accredited master’s degree programs and you’ll have a pretty solid career in growing demand.


5. Statistician & Mathematician

Projected 35% increase in hiring
Average pay is about $91,160 per year (3% bump up in pay from last year)

We can’t escape the growth of data and that is what is making this career explode in growth.  Over 1.7 MB of new data is created every second for every person on planet Earth! The world needs Statisticians to know how to interpret this data for corporations.

A mathematician is working at a desk and showing a colorful spreadsheet with charts and graphs to a woman sitting at the desk.If you enjoy problem-solving, why not get paid a good salary and have tons of job options for security.  Mathematicians and statisticians solve problems and interpret data through analysis and apply mathematics and statistics.

You’ll be sought after for hire in healthcare, government, stock exchange companies, fortune 500 companies, Google, Microsoft, Tesla, and more. Most mathematicians and statisticians have their master’s degree but some positions only require a bachelor’s degree.

This video shows a day in the career of a Statistician:

6. Home Health & Personal Care Aide

Projected 34% increase in hiring
Want to keep your feet on the ground, stay out of the wind, and do meaningful work with people? Home Health or Personal Care Aide might be your cup of tea. 

Home Health Aide worker walks an older man with a walker in a parkFor this purposeful job, you will travel to people’s homes, group homes, and other settings to provide daily care to patients. You will administer medication and check patient pulse rates, temperature, and blood pressure readings. 

Starting pay is $25,280 a year and think about how your work will be helping people, saving lives, and joining the ranks of medical heroes. 

These are some online classes to start your journey as a Home Health Aide

No student loan money is required.  But, if you’re working for a certified home health or hospice agency, you might need to complete some training and sharpen your pencil for a standardized test.

7. Physical Therapist Assistants

If making $58,790 a year helping people and not having to sit behind a desk is part of the career formula for your dream job then consider being a Physical Therapist Assistant. This career has a rising demand with a projected growth of 33%.

You will be working at a physical therapy office or hospital helping patients regain movement and manage pain after injuries and illnesses.

A female physical therapist stands waist deep in pool water while she helps a patient exercise in the pool.

More good news is there will be no reason to stress about college debt because physical therapist assistants entering the occupation typically only need an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapy program and a license or certification.

8. Medical and Health Services Managers

Projected 32% increase in hiring
Or, if the comfort and security of a desk job is more the environment you seek – considering being a Medical and Health Services Manager.  Your day-to-day activities behind the desk will be to plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers.

medical health services manager talks to doctor

You will be helping medical professions manage the business side of their practice and keeping them organized.  Sure, you will be busy pushing papers in the medical office and having meetings with doctors but not too busy to get to the bank and cash your hefty salary check totaling about $100,980 per year!

However, to be a Medical and Health Services Manager you are going to need at least a bachelor’s degree.   Master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers.

9. Physician Assistant

Projected 31% increase in hiring
You’ll be called a doctor all day by accident for sure.  A Physician Assistant has its own school program. Most have a bachelor’s degree when they start the program and most programs are 2 to 4 years of undergrad work focusing on science.
A physician's assistant is listening to a two year old little boys heart with a stethoscope.

But, when you get out of school it’s easier to pay off those school loans when you’re pulling in $112,200 per year  – starting pay!

You’ll want to start with a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.  Almost all of these accredited programs offer a master’s degree.

Watch this video to learn more about the daily work-life career of a Physician Assistant:

10. Information Security Analyst

Projected 31% increase in hiring
Love computers and problem-solving? This job might hit the spot for you. As an Information Security Analyst, you will help companies secure critical data by coming up with solutions that prevent cyber attacks. Using a brilliant combination of logic and creativity, you’ll assess security issues companies might face, innovate defense plans, and build company awareness. 

An information security analyst is working on a computerBy keeping them from gaining access to sensitive online information, you’ll help companies fight hackers. You will also get to implement protections such as firewalls and data encryption programs. Hackerbusting, firewalls, and data encryption to keep people’s identities and financial information safe? Yes, the job is as cool as it sounds. Oh, and you’ll be making around $100,000 per year. Very, very cool. 

While some employers prefer applicants with MBAs, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field qualifies you for this job, so you don’t necessarily have to go back to school. 

As you start building your career, you might want to look into becoming a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Check out this video to see what it’s like to be an Information Security Analyst.

11. Derrick Operators | Oil and Gas Industry

If you are more of a “hands-on” person who likes to work out in the field in all types of weather, you might like being a Derrick Operator for the Oil and Gas Industry.  Yes, it’s sometimes a physically demanding job but you have some job security with expected growth of 31% and a salary of around $50,000 a year.

Where to begin? First, you will need to move to an area in the USA that has oil field operations.

usa map oil drilling operations

If this career sounds like a good fit for you then the best news is you are ready to get started because this job has its own training program, no formal education is required, and you might find a way in by becoming an apprentice first!

What the video below to see the type of work you would be doing.
Oil Derrick Operator Video

oil derrick operators work outside

12. Speech-Language Pathologist

Projected 25% increase in hiring
When a person has a stroke that affects the way they talk or even a born with a speech challenge – there is hope to improve because of Speech-Language Pathologists.

A female speech pathologist is listening to a teenage girl speak while she points to text on a paper for the girl to speak.You would be helping with speech communication issues, fix, and even prevent swallowing disorders in children and adults. 

It’s more than a desk job, you will be working and hospitals and healthcare facilities.

master’s degree is required and most states require a license but the pay covers the school bills.  You’ll be bringing in around $79,120 per year.

This video shows what it is like to be a Speech-Language Pathologist:

How do you know which of these is the best career for you?

Don’t just choose one of these careers because it pays well or your parents think it’s a good fit for you.  There is a way you can find out if your personality fits one of these careers.  Take a career test for your work personality, learn about your personality strengths in a working environment, and see the list of careers that fit you best.  This will help guide you to the best career for you.

This is your life and the career you will be going to for years to come.  Make the right career choice that brings energy and joy to who you are.  After all, if you enjoy your work, you will never work a day in your life. 

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