Best jobs for 2018

New year. New start. New job. Sound about right? If so, read on.

Whether it’s a career change or a move up in your current field, we have identified some of the best jobs for 2018.

Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant

The number of positions available in healthcare careers is growing, no doubt about it—it’s a field that will continue to see increased growth as the Baby Boomer population ages and requires care. Occupational therapist assistants and physical therapist assistants are responsible for working with licensed therapists to implement therapy plans for patients. They help these individuals to recover from injury, as well helping them to develop and strengthen the physical and occupational skills they will need for their activities of daily living. At a basic level, these include getting dressed, washing, eating, getting in and out of bed and more. The demand for physical and occupational therapist assistants is expected to grow 40% by 2022, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Prerequisites for this career: An associate’s degree from a certified allied health program. Most states also require occupational therapist assistants and physical therapist assistants to be licensed, so check your state’s requirements.

Salary: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for this career is $56,070.

Fitness Trainer

Fitness and physical activity are no longer a trend, but an important part of a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true in the aging population. Fitness trainers are the professionals who help develop fitness programs for individuals. They also help people implement and maintain their fitness plan at the gym, lead group fitness classes, and provide counsel to clients on lifestyle and physical activity.

Prerequisites for this career: A high school diploma or equivalent, plus on-the-job experience. Being physically fit is also a requirement. Trainers may also need to pass a certification test, depending on your state’s requirements.

Salary: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for this career is approximately $38,000.

Personal Financial Advisor

If you are interested in personal investing, why not put your interest to work as an investment advisor? Financial advisors offer advice to clients on investing long and short-term, insurance and more.

Prerequisites for this career: A bachelor’s degree in management, finance, accounting or other similar specialty. A Master’s degree can also be an asset in this field, adding credibility to potential clients.

Salary: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for this career is approximately $90,000.

Software Engineer

It’s obvious why this field is going to continue to grow in 2018. From start-ups to multinational organizations, everyone is looking for software engineers and developers to create, design, develop, maintain, and improve their programs and solutions. The demand for software engineers should continue to grow over the next 5 years.

Prerequisites for this career: A bachelor’s degree in computer science, plus strong programming skills, aptitudes, and experience.

Salary: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for this career is over $100,000.