Careers In Demand

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives compile, analyze, and distribute information on various occupations. Below we have provided you with information on just a few of the occupations that are projected to grow in the coming years.

 

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant positions are typically found within Physicians’ Offices, but some may also be found working in Hospitals, Clinics, and other Healthcare facilities. The usual job responsibilities of a Medical Assistant can include a variety of tasks, such as supporting doctors and nurses in keeping the practice’s operations running smoothly and on schedule. Medical assistants also regularly perform administrative duties, such as filing medical records, scheduling appointments, and arranging hospital procedures. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than average for all occupations.a In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 10.8% from 2014 to 2024.b

 

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician positions are typically found within pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals, and department stores, grocery stores, and general merchandise stores with in-store pharmacies. Standard duties associated with this position include assisting the pharmacist in measuring, mixing, counting, and labeling dosages of medications, billing insurance companies and more. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacy Technicians is projected to grow by 9% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.e In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow by 8.5% from 2014 to 2024.f

 

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist positions (once one has obtained licensure) can be found in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities, sports medicine centers, salons, spas and other healthcare facilities. Massage Therapists specialize in relieving tight muscles, reducing stress, healing sports injuries, and increasing the overall health of their patients. They accomplish this through making accurate patient assessments and targeted applications of specific massage modalities. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than average for all occupations.g In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 20.6% from 2014 to 2024.h

 

Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse positions can be found in various healthcare settings such as hospitals, outpatient facilities, long-term care facilities, clinics, home care services, and other healthcare facilities. LPNs are healthcare professionals who provide direct patient care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Job responsibilities include taking vital signs, preparing and administering injections, collecting samples for testing, and a host of other practical nursing duties required by the healthcare facility’s leading physician or registered nurses. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.i In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 5.5% from 2014 to 2024.j

 

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant positions can be found in dental practice settings that include solo and group practices, specialty practices, hospital dental practices, dental schools, and public health clinics. Dental Assistants typically have many tasks which can often include caring for the patient, taking X-rays, assisting the dentist during procedures and scheduling appointments, among other responsibilities. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.k In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 4.4% from 2014 to 2024.l

 

Cosmetologist

Cosmetologist positions (once one becomes licensed) can be found in beauty salons, spas, and other beauty-related businesses. Cosmetologists may work in positions under titles that may include stylist, color specialist, skin or nail specialist, educator, platform or makeup artist, manufacturers’ representative, and cosmetic salesperson, among others. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.m In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 7.8% from 2014 to 2024.n

 

Manicurist

Manicurist positions (once one becomes licensed) can be found in private, chain, and department store salons and other beauty-related businesses. Career opportunities for those trained and licensed in manicuring include manicurist, platform manicurist, salon owner, nail technician director, theatrical nail technician, manufacturer’s representative, beauty products supervisor, beauty magazine columnist, school director, and beauty supply salesperson. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of manicurists and pedicurists is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.o In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of manicurists and pedicurists is projected to grow 9% from 2014 to 2024.p

 

HVAC Systems Technician

HVAC Systems Technician positions may be found in residential, commercial, construction, and industrial settings. Typical duties associated with these positions include installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing, inspecting, repairing, and replacing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (positions that can be filled by HVAC Systems Technician graduates) is projected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.q In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (positions that can be filled by HVAC Systems Technician graduates) is projected to grow 15.6% from 2014 to 2024.r

 


aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Medical Assistants (SOC Code: 31-9092), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

eBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

fMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Pharmacy Technicians (SOC Code: 29-2052), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

gBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

hMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Massage Therapists (SOC Code: 31-9011), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

iBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

jMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (SOC Code: 29-2061), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

kBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

lMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Dental Assistants (SOC Code: 31-9091), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

mBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairdressers-and-cosmetologists.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

nMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists (SOC Code: 39-5012), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

oBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Manicurists and Pedicurists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/manicurists-and-pedicurists.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

pMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Manicurists and Pedicurists (SOC Code: 39-5092), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

qBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

rMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (SOC Code: 49-9021), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).