If you’ve made it your goal to get a new job in 2013, your best bet is to see if the skills you have can be utilized in the industries that are predicted to hire the most this year. Keep in mind that even if your education or previous job wasn’t in a particular field, that doesn’t mean there aren’t jobs related to that field to which you could apply your experience and skill set. A growing industry needs all kinds of support.

Here are five industries that will be experiencing considerable growth in 2013:

Health Care

With baby boomers, our nation’s largest generation, getting older, health care jobs are in higher demand than ever. Also, because of the Affordable Care Act, there will be almost 35 million more people in the health care system. Some experts estimate that within the next decade, we’ll have a shortage of at least 45,000 primary-care physicians and 36,000 surgeons and specialists.

There is also a growing need for medical professionals with less—and easier-to-obtain—training. Home health aides and physician's assistants, as well as support staff for doctors’ offices, are in high demand. The aging baby boomers will also drive growth in the assisted-living, home-health-care and elderly-care industries. Biomedical engineering is also a high-growth industry, related to health care needs.

Information Technology

The technology industry grows and changes at a lightning-fast pace. This means that as companies have more money to spend, they will add I.T. positions to have experts on hand who can help them keep up with changes. There is also a growing demand for experienced employees in analysis, mobile-app development and cloud computing. Another tech field experiencing growth is I.T. security. With everyone online, businesses need to secure their networks and stored information more than ever.

Auto/Trucking Industry

After all the government did to help the auto industry survive and recover from the recession, it’s a sector that’s finally starting to grow. Manufacturers and dealers are now on the hunt for highly skilled technicians. It’s predicted that the auto industry is going to need to find, train and hire more than 100,000 new people who have the necessary skills and technical know-how to keep America’s cars and trucks on the road.

Car dealerships are going to need more sales people and staff to keep up with industry sales growth. The trucking industry is also on the rise. As consumers are able to purchase more goods, the goods have to get to them. Trucking and shipping will likely need to add nearly 330,000 drivers over the next decade.

Real Estate/Construction

The real estate market is picking up again, and that means there’s a growing need for realtors and homebuilders. The real estate and construction industries need people who can help keep up with demand, as interest rates on mortgages go down and home prices go up. In December alone, more than 30,000 construction jobs were added. With an increase in home prices, the potential for high earnings as a real estate agent is remarkable. And getting a license to sell real estate is something you can accomplish with a few certification courses and state testing.


Alternative energy has been a major initiative for our government since 2008. This means that energy is an industry experiencing a huge growth spurt. The solar industry grew 13.2 percent last year, even though the economy only grew by 2.3 percent. Most of the jobs in this industry are engineering-related, but businesses in all energy-related fields—including oil and gas—need support in the form of manufacturing, field hands, office support, project management and supervisors. This is an industry that has been responsible for almost 50 percent of the jobs created in the last 10 years. Even if you’re not an engineer, you shouldn’t overlook it.

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