On Friday, Indeed.com, arguably the top job site in the world, published its annual list of the best jobs out there for 2018. As a natural skeptic, when I see lists like this a few questions come to mind. What’s the source? How did they come up with the list? And, “best” for whom?

In the case of Indeed.com, they’ve got the chops and most importantly – the data – to be an arbiter on hiring trends. The company lists millions of jobs from thousands of company websites as well as other job boards.

There is nothing surprising in the jobs that took the top spots. Hiring trends have consistently predicted that jobs in tech and healthcare will continue to grow. And, even construction was a good bet based on the economic turn around. To come up with the list, Indeed set a minimum salary for the “best” jobs ($75K) and then tracked those careers with the highest year over year growth rate.

But the Best Jobs Are Not In My Field

If you are not in tech or healthcare, and construction isn’t your thing there is still a lot you can learn from this list.

  1. Look at companies that hire people in these fields. Those companies also need accountants, marketers, operations folks, etc. Growth means growth even if your chosen field isn’t growing over 50{4a5ad76f65b30f840b7cce0bd60a9460fa539274379d86674e661d46b250fd7a}.
  2. Look at the industries that these jobs represent. Just as in the point above, if you’re not sure who is hiring in your field, these industries are a good place to start.
  3. Consider where these industries and companies are located. Where there is growth, there is also a need for community infrastructure and service industries to support a growing population. After all, engineers need a place to shop, a gym to go to, and a place to live – the communities where they live are going to have more openings across the board.

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Hiring Trends

Forbes and Fortune have also weighed in recently on hiring trends – offering predictions (in Forbes) and suggestions on how to leverage yourself as a candidate in this tight job market (in Fortune).  Remember that these stories tend to focus on larger companies, hot or niche industries, and major metropolitan areas. So if you’re a public relations professional in a mid-size town, keep doing the productive work that will support your job search. That means ignore the trends. Instead, focus on YOU. What are you looking for? What do you offer a prospective employer? (Check out this blog post for more info).  Once you’ve got a good sense of that, you will be far better prepared to find a job where you can thrive!

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