Changing careers is a difficult decision. But today, the average tenure of the contemporary employee at any one job is according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 4.6 years. That’s a lot of hopping around. However, even with all that jumped there is a lot of anxiety associated with it. The promise of greener pastures is riddled with familial considerations, uncertainties, and total unknowns.
However, there are safe bets that can be made. Like the fact that tech and healthcare will continue to produce more jobs than most other sectors combined. Or the fact that having advanced computer skills is a highly sought after, sometimes even rare quality to find in any job candidate, regardless of the position.
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Here are 3 of the best second careers that are out there today because of the training requirements that are needed and the median income for those jobs.
Software Developer / Architect
Integral to the fast paced world of technology is software developers and software architects. Every app on your smartphone, program you run on the computer and Internet, or website you use was first developed on someone’s computer where they were writing stacks of code, line-by-line.
These programs and applications are written using differentcoding languages which have been developed as early as last month, or were introduced in the late 70’s. In some cases, a language was developed for a specific purpose, and to fills a specific while in other cases a coding language was developed to fill an array of needs.
One such language, Java, was developed over 20 years ago and is one of the most pervasive languages in use on the Internet today. Java’s the primarily language used in coding application for the Android operating system, and used heavily in the financial services industry.
If you enjoy working with people, science, and are interested in the human body, exploring physical therapy as a second career option might be a good idea. As the Baby Boomers, and eventually Millennials age, they will invariably need the assistance of someone who can get their bodies right. Whether a tight muscle, or recovering from major surgery, physical therapists are there ensuring you’re back on your feet in no time.
If you like working with numbers, and love data-crunching, than a career in actuarial science might be for you. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, actuarial jobs are expected to increase 27 percent over the next few years.