New Year brings career projections for 2014

A recent study by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the fastest growing occupations and occupations that will provide the most new jobs for those graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2014. Few will be surprised to find that in an age of rapidly advancing technology, jobs involving computers take up a good share of the top spots on the list, and another fast-growing sector is the medical field. The Top 10 fastest growing occupations are: network systems and data communications analysts; physician assistants; computer software engineers, applications; physical therapist assistants; dental hygienists; computer software engineers, systems software; network and computer systems administrators; database administrators; physical therapists; and forensic science technicians.The Top 10 occupations projected to have the most new job openings include: elementary school teachers, except for special education; accountants and auditors; computer software engineers, applications; computer systems analysts; secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education; computer software engineers; systems software; network systems and data communications analysts; network and computer systems administrators; middle school teachers, except special and vocational education; and employment, recruitment, and placement specialists. Another study conducted by the job site CareerCast provided a list of the least stressful jobs based on measurement of specific factors, including whether a job required travel, growth potential, strict deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness within the organization, physical demands, environmental conditions, risk and other hazards.Making the least stressful jobs list were: audiologist; hair stylist; jeweler; university professor; seamstress/tailor; dietitian; medical records technician; librarian; multimedia artist; and drill press operator. While admitting that stress levels could depend on location and other demands, Lisa Carr, who owns Bad Hair Day? would question the position hair stylist holds on the least stressful list.“I think our job is a lot of fun, and we get to be there for some of the happiest days of a person’s life,” Carr said. “But we also can be there for some of the worst days.” She cites an example of being asked to go to the funeral home to style the hair of a deceased person, which she has personally experienced. “Sometimes we’re the one who knew how a guest in our salon liked their hair done,” she said.Carr said there can also be a lot of pressure on the stylist for happy occasions.“If someone’s daughter is getting married, it may be a happy day for them, but imagine the pressure of knowing all those photos are going to be taken. It can be all about whether you’ve done the person’s hair the way they want it or in a way that they can feel good about themselves. If not, it could ruin their entire day. We’re not only shaping hairstyles, but how they feel about themselves and that can be a lot of pressure.”Carr said there is also stress in the communication process, especially if someone has an idea in their head of what they want — or they bring a photo in but their hair is not of a texture that the style can be duplicated.“There’s an old saying: ‘I’m a beautician, not a magician,” Carr said. “There may be expectations of what we can do that we may not be able to do, even if we’re the best stylist in the world. It’s hard to be the bearer of bad news when you have to say, ‘I’m sorry. I can’t make you look like Jennifer Anniston,’” she said.On CareerCast’s Most Stressful Jobs of 2014 list, some jobs appear that most would expect to be there such as firefighter, police officer and the military. Others may be a surprise. The jobs were rated based on unexpected conditions, immediate danger and high-stakes situations. They are, from the top: enlisted military; military general; firefighter; airline pilot; event coordinator; public relations executive; senior corporate executive; newspaper reporter; police officer; and taxi driver.For a full list and more information, go online to or

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