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Another year has just begun, and in terms of career, this is one of the best times to start a new chapter of your working life. Which path would give you the best opportunity in 2017?
In the latest jobs report, the Obama administration added 156,000 jobs in December. The growth is expected to continue this year as more businesses in various industries are planning to open more job opportunities.
According to Fast Company, more jobs are expected to be added in leisure, hospitality and trade. Transportation and utilities, as well as professional and business services are also poised to boost their number of workers this year.
Skilled labor and health care professionals are going to be the most in demand in the job market in 2017. As companies want to stay relevant and competitive in B2B and B2C markets, they will be tapping more on workers' skills in analytics, product development and sales. And as people now are living longer, there is also a growing need for health care providers.
Tech jobs are expected to continue expanding, as well as other jobs that are not yet replaced by artificial intelligence. In fact, according to MarketWatch, information sector is poised to receive the highest pay rise of 4.4 percent this year, along with leisure and hospitality.
Workers in the manufacturing, wholesale trade and construction industries are also going to see their average hourly wages rise. There will be a huge need for constructions as the housing sector is expected to continue the growth it showed last year. Moreover, while manufacturing companies are automating their productions, there is still a need for humans to operate their machines.
"2017 is an opportune time to tap into sectors like manufacturing, construction, transportation, and education in the U.S.," Sunny Ackerman of Manpower U.S. explained, via Fast Company. "Globally, skilled trade and IT roles show increased talent shortages with huge potential for skilled candidates."