Here’s What’s New
NEW YORK (MainStreet) —Looking for a career change? If you have a knack for computer networking or a stomach for drawing blood, you might just be in luck. This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released some interesting facts and figures on 24 new occupations included in the government’s 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system, which classifies workers into job categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating or disseminating data. What makes these two dozen jobs “new” is how they’re categorized in the 2010 SOC versus how they were categorized in the previous version of the SOC, released in 2000. For instance, some jobs have been broken off from broader occupations, while others are the result of multiple occupations from the 2000 SOC being merged into one.
To help you on your job search as the spring hiring season revs up, we’ve ranked the top 10 new occupations according to total employment numbers in May 2012. Read on to check out the list, plus the descriptions and average earnings for each according to the BLS.
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10th-Largest New Job: Miscellaneous Financial ClerksTotal employment in May 2012: 39,290
Bank vault attendants, financial reserve clerks and safety deposit clerks are examples of positions classified under this occupation, which includes financial clerk jobs not included elsewhere in the SOC’s “Financial Clerks” category. The mean annual wage is $39,580, and industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation include depository credit intermediation, nondepository credit intermediation and securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage.
9th-Largest New Job: Transportation Security ScreenersTotal employment in May 2012: 47,200
Employees in this occupation screen passengers, baggage or cargo in compliance with Transportation Security Administration regulations. Workers may also operate basic security equipment such as X-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints. The mean annual wage is $37,130, and industries with the highest employment levels in this occupation include the federal executive branch (Occupational Employment Statistics designation), support activities for air transportation, and scheduled air transportation.
8th-Largest New Job: FundraisersTotal employment in May 2012: 48,530
Fundraisers are tasked with organizing activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization. They may also design and produce promotional materials, and raise awareness of the organization’s work, goals and financial needs. The mean annual wage is $55,220, and industries with the highest employment levels in this occupation include grant making and giving services; colleges, universities, and professional schools; and social advocacy organizations.
7th-Largest New Job: OrderliesTotal employment in May 2012: 53,920
This occupation entails transporting patients to areas such as operating rooms or X-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers or moveable beds. Orderlies may also be required to maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. The mean annual wage is $25,700, and industries with the highest employment levels include general medical and surgical hospitals, nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities), and continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly.
6th-Largest New Job: Information Security AnalystsTotal employment in May 2012: 72,670
Information security analysts protect computer networks and information by implementing, upgrading or monitoring security measures. They may also ensure that appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and important electronic infrastructure, and may respond to computer security breaches and viruses. The mean annual wage is $89,290, and industries with the highest employment levels include computer systems design and related services, management of companies and enterprises, and depository credit intermediation.
5th-Largest New Job: PhlebotomistsTotal employment in May 2012: 100,380
If you get woozy at the sight of blood, this isn’t the job for you. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations or research. They may also be required to explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions. The mean annual wage is $30,910, and industries with the highest employment levels include general medical and surgical hospitals, and medical and diagnostic laboratories.
4th-Largest New Job: Web DevelopersTotal employment in May 2012: 102,940
A position for the creative and technical-minded, web developers design, create and modify websites, and analyze user needs to implement website content, graphics, performance and capacity. Other responsibilities may include integrating websites with other computer applications, and converting written, graphic, audio and video components to compatible web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of web and multimedia content. The mean annual wage is $66,100, and industries with the highest levels of employment include computer systems design and related services; and data processing, hosting, and related services.
3rd-Largest New Job: Nurse PractitionersTotal employment in May 2012: 105,780
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with specialized graduate education. Their job responsibilities include diagnosing and treating acute, episodic or chronic illnesses, either independently or part of a healthcare team. They also may prescribe medication and may order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and X-rays. The mean annual wage is $91,450, and industries with the highest levels of employment include offices of physicians, general medical and surgical hospitals, and outpatient care centers.
2nd-Largest New Job: Computer Network ArchitectsTotal employment in May 2012: 137,890
Computer network architects design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. They also perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, and may design network and computer security measures. The mean annual wage is $94,000, and industries with the highest levels of employment include computer systems design and related services, wired telecommunications carriers, and management of companies and enterprises.
Largest New Job: Computer Network Support SpecialistsTotal employment in May 2012: 167,980
Another position for the technical savvy, computer network support specialists analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as LAN, WAN, and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. They also perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. The mean annual wage is $62,960, and industries with the highest employment levels include computer systems design and related services, wired telecommunications carriers, and management of companies and enterprises.