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Ready to make a move? Here’s what’s hot for 2017.

Wondering what career to get into, thinking about changing industries, or just want more stability? If your New Year’s resolution includes a new career, you’ve picked a great year to go for it.

There are lots of industries poised for growth over the next several years.

GREEN

As more and more people jump on the climate change bandwagon, this industry is poised to grow. And grow. And grow. Here are some of the hottest green jobs.

Sustainability Consultant

In 2014, 43 percent of executives said they want to align sustainability with their overall business goals, mission, or values — up from 30 percent in 2012. The median salary for environmental scientists is $67,460 a year.

Education level: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, natural sciences or biology

Wind Turbine Service Technician

Thanks to a recent government initiative in support of wind energy, this one is seriously taking off with projected growth at 108% over the next several years and a median salary of $51,050.

Education level: Some college

Urban Grower

Green roof gardens provide city restaurants with locally sourced ingredients — and make the buildings housing them more energy efficient. With a median salary of $63,700, it’s a great career option for anyone with a passion for sustainable living and a green thumb.

Education level: Training program in good growing practices

Clean Car Engineer

As the auto industry embraces a green push, the demand for engineers to find new ways to make cars both energy-efficient and clean continues to grow. The salary of most automotive engineers averages around $90,000 a year.

Education level: Bachelor’s degree in chemical or mechanical engineering

HEALTHCARE

It’s never a big surprise that healthcare jobs are in demand — with the average life expectancy hitting a record high in 2014. But which ones, specifically, should you be looking at?

Physicians Assistant

This field is projected to grow by 30% over the next several years (28,700 more jobs) with a median annual salary of $98,190.

Education level: Master’s degree

Physical Therapist

With an average annual salary of $84,020 and a projected growth of almost 72,000 more jobs over the next several years, this is a great field to get into.

Education level: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and a state license to practice

Registered Nurse

With an average annual salary of $68,000 a year and the addition of 439,300 new jobs over the next several years, there’ll be plenty of job security in this field.

Education level: A bachelor’s or associate degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. A license is also required.

Ultrasound Technologist

Between 2010 and 2020, the number of jobs is expected to increase by 44 percent. The median annual salary for this career is $71,232.

Education level: Associate or bachelor’s degree

TECHNOLOGY

All you have to do is look around. Everything is “smart” and everyone is “online.” If you’re not plugged in, you’ve probably made a conscious effort to check out. And with technology driving innovation across almost every industry, it’s not exactly a shocker that these jobs are on the rise. But which ones are the hottest?

Software Developer

An average annual salary of around $100,000 and a growth rate of 17% makes this job a no-brainer if you like to code and are passionate about technology.

Education level: A bachelor’s degree in computer science

Computer Systems Analyst

With a median annual salary of around $86,000 per year and a higher than average expected growth rate of 21%, this job is hot — thanks to continued growth in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and mobile networks.

Education level: A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science, but not always required

 

Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis is a digital copywriter and blogger at Ladders.

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