Occupation ASAP: Join the Workforce Quickly with
High-Skill and High-Demand Occupations
Are you the type of person who prefers practical or “hands-on” learning? Do you like to use your hands to create things or see results quickly? Is helping others high on your priority list? In March, CareerLocker features occupations, which require a technical education, apprenticeship or short-term training. Many of these occupations are high-skill and high-demand requiring a variety of technical skills. This month we highlight three fast-growing and exciting occupations including heavy truck drivers, nursing aids/assistants, and welders.
In many states and more specifically Wisconsin, you can get a jump start on your career by developing your technical skills through studying a trade during high school, or shortly thereafter. (CareerLocker users can go to the Education tab to learn about School-to-Career Programs.) Furthermore, many people decide to change occupations later in life and can quickly acquire a new set of skills through technical education. For instance, career changers can develop skills in new occupations while get paid for doing so. (CareerLocker users read about Adult Apprenticeships.) Through this program, participants acquire little-to-no debt, and become an expert in a skilled occupation or trade.
- Heavy Truck Drivers. The information highway isn’t the only detour you want to take in life–get on the transportation highway. Globalization, the internet, and improved technology have increased trade both domestically and internationally. Heavy truck drivers transport and deliver goods on short and long distance routes. These big rigs weigh three or more tons. Carrying this heavy of a load, truck drivers inspect their rigs for safety. To insure safety, they may also assist with or inspect the loading of their goods, so they are loaded in a way so as not to shift on the trip. They also conduct efficiency analyses by logging data on mileage, fuel consumption, and performance of the truck. With the rise in trade of goods and products, the demand for skilled truck drivers is on the move. Join this movement and travel cross-country. Heavy truck driving is a “hot” job.
- Nursing Aids/Assistants. Another “hot” job in which you can quickly get to your occupation destination through a certificate program or technical education, is nursing. Working side-by-side with nurses, nursing aids/assistants collaborate on the healthcare of their patients. With the aging of the baby boomers, health care is quickly becoming a high-demand industry. Nursing aids spend much of their time working one-on-one with patients. They take and record body temperatures, pulses, and breathing rates. They report any changes in patients’ appearance, behavior, or physical ability to their nursing supervisor. They bathe, dress, and feed patients. Serving every age-group, they work in a variety of settings from hospitals to assisted living centers, clinics, and nursing homes. Browse health care occupations on the CareerLocker Occupations tab to learn more about the scope and variety of such occupations.
- Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers. While heavy truck drivers keep our world moving, and nursing aids keep our world healthy, welders, cutters, solderers and brazers keep our world together. Welders fasten metal pieces by joining them together. Cutters, Solderers and Brazers are all types of welders using different temperatures and materials depending upon the task. Welders must also know the ways that steel, bronze, aluminum, and other metals react to heat, cold, and pressure. An occupation with seemingly limitless opportunities, welders may create sculptures or art installations, build and fix things such as computers, locomotives, ship and boat buildings, or even work in robotics. Keep things from falling apart and meld into this flexible occupation.
Whether you choose to move things, help people, or melt things together, each of these occupations, heavy truck driver, nursing assistant, and welder are needed to address challenges in the world. Further, each of these occupations requires a high level of competence, attention to safety, and application of technical skills. To view these highlighted occupations and watch videos, go to the CareerLocker homepage.
“Hot” jobs are jobs projected to increase nationally in job openings by at least 27% over the next 10 years.
Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.
Asma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She is pursuing dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.