To help newly minted graduates identify their best bets for rewarding employment, the University of California San Diego Extension today released its "2015 Hot Careers Report." Using a unique algorithm, UC San Diego Extension's Center for Research on the Regional Economy identified those careers that offer a combination of strong employment growth, competitive salaries and high-quality work environments.
According to its analysis, the top 10 hottest careers for college graduates in 2015, in rank order, are:
Software Developers, Applications
Software Developers, Systems Software
Accountants and Auditors
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Computer Network Architects
Personal Financial Advisors
Elementary School Teachers, except for Special Education
Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of UC San Diego Extension, said the hot careers for 2015 reflect the evolution of the U.S. economy and its increased focus on globalization and technology.
"Global markets, the rise of big data and the continued reach and influence of the digital world, all helped propel jobs for software developers, computer network architects and marketing analysts to the top of the list," Walshok said.
Shifting demographics are also fueling growth in such careers as personal financial advisors and elementary school teachers.
"Aging Baby Boomers and the decline in pensions are increasing the need for professionals who can help people properly prepare for retirement," Walshok added. "On the other hand, more elementary school teachers are reaching retirement age and creating a real demand for new teachers to fill that void."
The annual list is part of UCSD Extension's larger research efforts to not only assist job seekers but also shape educational offerings to ensure companies have the talent they need to thrive. Researchers compiled the "Hot Career" list by analyzing four general categories: current employment in the field, projected growth between 2012 and 2022, the median salary, and workplace environment.
"We see UC San Diego Extension as a vital component of the workforce training and development system, and we want to provide authoritative and actionable data to help spur economic development efforts not only in this region but also across the country," Walshok said.
About UC San Diego Extension: As the continuing education and public programs arm of the university, UC San Diego Extension educates approximately 63,000 enrollees a year, which translates to about 33,000 students in nearly 4,300 courses. UC San Diego Extension is recognized nationally and internationally for linking the public to expert professionals and the knowledge resources of the University of California.