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The American economy is growing fast. In fact, the country’s GDP grew by an impressive 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has returned to pre-2008 levels. This means there are many open positions in a diverse range of industries.

Here are the top four industries hiring now:

1. Health care

The business of health care isn’t likely to slow down any time soon. As the baby boomer generation ages, there will be more stress placed on the existing care infrastructure. In fact, the demand for health care workers has already outstripped the supply of qualified professionals. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be an estimated shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 doctors by 2030.

But it isn’t just physicians that will be needed. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that physical therapists, home health aides and registered nurses will be in high demand for the foreseeable future.

2. Software development

We live in a computer driven world, and software developers are the architects of that world. Think about all of the different technologies you use every day. From consumer apps to business products, software shapes our lives.

According to BLS, the median salary for software developers with a bachelor’s degree in 2017 was $103,560. Furthermore, BLS expects the demand for developers to increase by 24 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than other job categories.

One of the great things about software development is that there are many industries that need the skill. Software development professionals can find work in just about every industry from business services to consumer products.

3. Shipping and transportation

As the American economy grows, more and more drivers will be needed to transport goods and materials. This year, the Street reported that at least 60,000 new drivers will be required to meet demand. By 2026, that number could triple. Despite the obvious long-term threat posed by self-driving tractor trailers, the current driver workforce is aging and turnover rates are high. Furthermore, new regulations designed to keep drivers safe are cutting in to the number of hours that drivers are allowed to work.

Essentially, trucking companies need to fill driver seats, and fast. Truck driving requires no secondary education, making it a potentially attractive option for workers who would rather avoid the extreme costs of college.

4. Sales

As long as there are products and services, there will always be a need for sales representatives. Sales reps have many options when it comes to career paths. Working for a retailer is going to be a much different experience than working for a provider of business services, for example.

In the sales game, experience and skill are everything. Incoming representatives need to have excellent soft skills such as emotional intelligence and communication abilities. In 2017, the average sales rep salary was $63,050.

Takeaways

There’s strong hiring in many industries across the nation, but here are four of the strongest:

  1. Health care: Doctor, physical therapists, home health aides and registered nurses will be in high demand for the foreseeable future.
  2. Software development: The federal government expects demand for developers to increase by 24 percent between 2016 and 2026. That’s much faster than most other job categories.
  3. Shipping and transport: This year, at least 60,000 new drivers will be required to meet demand. By 2026, that number could triple.
  4. Sales: Incoming representatives need to have excellent soft skills such as emotional intelligence and communication abilities.

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