Each year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases an extensive list of jobs in the United States. This massive compilation of data can be sorted by several fields, including which job sectors are growing most quickly and which positions in any particular field pay the most.
According to the BLS data for 2014, the field of finance is expected to grow significantly in 2014. Among the field’s highest paying jobs are positions like management analyst, which topped the list in pay for the previous year and which is expected to grow 19 percent in the next ten years – eight percent higher than the median growth projected for all jobs in the finance sector. Jobs in financial analysis, logistics, and accountancy are also expected to grow substantially in the next ten years.
How can you leverage your experience, education, and skills to join one of these fast-growing fields? Consider the following tips:
- Secure the necessary credentials, or continue your education. Moving into an accounting position, for instance, may require an accounting degree or a CPA certification. If you already have the necessary educational background for your planned career path in finance, focus on honing your skills in a particular area by choosing your continuing education options carefully.
- Consider moving “up” by moving “over.” For many financial professionals, a lateral move can open the doors to more “upward” moves in the future. A lateral move within your current organization or to a position in a new organization may offer you the opportunity to capitalize fully on the financial field’s current growth.
- Reach out to your network. Talk to friends, family, colleagues, and fellow financial professionals to learn more about growth opportunities that relate to your specific field of professional knowledge and interest. Connect with other financial professionals on sites like LinkedIn to gather information, share your expertise, and build your professional “brand.”
- Talk to an experienced recruiter. A recruiter who knows the financial field well gives you access to an extensive network of fellow professionals and helps you connect to job openings that fit your skills, experience, and career goals.
The experienced recruiters in the Boston office of Daley and Associates can help you leverage your skills and experience to find a position with a great company in the Northeast. If you are looking for finance job opportunities in Boston, contact us today.