It is challenging to find a job, but helpful to know the top 10 emerging careers for college graduates in 2017.  A successful career in the constantly changing economy of today presents special challenges.

The University of California San Diego Extension released an “Emerging Careers for 2017” report, detailing the jobs that are most in demand with highest potential for growth locally and nationally.

In compiling the list, the UC San Diego Extension’s Center for Research on the Regional Economy identified the top 10 emerging careers for college graduates requiring a bachelor’s degree and less than five years of experience at work.

According to its analysis, the top 10 emerging careers for college graduates in 2017 in the United States are:

  1. Interpreters and translators
  2. Operations research analysts
  3. Personal financial advisors
  4. Computer systems analysts
  5. Software developers, applications
  6. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
  7. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
  8. Information security analysts
  9. Meeting, convention and event planners
  10. Management analysts

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According to Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of UC San Diego Extension, these emerging careers show both the value of a college degree and also the need for specialized training.  Innovation, globalization, and demographic shifts are continuously reshaping the economy and thus the job market.

“Employers want to hire people who are not only well educated, but also know how to put their knowledge to work,” said Walshok. “Work readiness means the ability to communicate effectively both in person and in writing–and demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It also requires a willingness to adapt to challenges whether they be new technologies or changing economic conditions.”

To view the full report, please click here.

About UC San Diego Extension: As the continuing education and public programs arm of the university, UC San Diego Extension educates approximately 62,000 enrollees a year, which translates to about 25,000 students in nearly 4,300 courses. UC San Diego Extension is recognized nationally and internationally for linking the public to expert professionals and the knowledge resources of the University of California.