New Careers That Are Coming of Age


These hot new careers put a fresh spin on the classics.

By Chris Kyle

Every generation has its own music, its own fashion and...its own careers.

Case in point: These days there is an exciting fresh crop of careers that are coming of age that combine new uses of technology with some tried and true skills.

Want to get in on the ground floor as these careers grow up?

Check out our list of 5 hot new careers that are coming of age in 2010, and find out what preparation could help you pursue one of exciting professions...

Hot New Career #1 - Social Media Strategist

Do you love Twitter? Why not tweet - among other things - for a living? Social media strategists figure out optimal ways to get messages out to the masses using the latest community tools online. This could involve blogging, tweeting, and using sites like Foursquare and Facebook to find and communicate with customers.

Related Degrees:
Business Administration
Public Relations
Web Design and Development

Average Salaries:
Bloggers: $32,000*
PR Writers: $58,740*
Social Media Strategists: $61,000*

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Hot New Career #2 - Forensic Accounting

Who knew that a calculator could be this powerful? The forensic accounting field arrived in a big way in the form of Will Ferrell in the hit movie The Other Guys. Forensic accounting as a career path also got a boost during the recent scandals that shook accounting firms and Wall Street.

Related Degrees:
Business Administration

Average Salaries:
Auditing Clerks: $32,510*
Forensic Accountants: $73,000*
Financial Analysts: $73,150*

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Hot New Career #3 - Online Video Game Designer

To give you an idea of just how big online video games got in 2010, an estimated 200 million people - 200 million! - play video games online each month, according to a report from the University of California at San Diego Extension. Studying graphic design is one way to prepare to pursue a career in this booming business.

Related Degrees:
Graphic Design
Programming and Applications
Video Game Design
Web Design

Average Salaries:
Graphic Designers: $42,400*
Multi-Media Artist and Animators: $56,330*
Video Game Designers: $57,000*

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Hot New Career #4 - Email Marketing Manager

Companies big and small use email marketing to reach current and potential customers. Although it's more cost-effective than using the U.S. Postal Service, it's still a relatively new method, which means email marketing managers are still working out the kinks. Getting your MBA is a great way to position yourself for an email marketing managerial opportunity.

Related Degrees:
Business Administration

Average Salaries:
Email Marketing Managers: $69,000*
Advertising Managers: $80,220*
Marketing Managers: $108,580*

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Hot New Career #5 - Home Health Aide

While not exactly a new profession, home health aides are seeing increasing opportunities. Not only does the population continue to grow, but healthy retirees are now living longer and often need a part-time or full-time home health aide to take care of them. Nursing programs could potentially help you gain a foothold in this coming of age career track.

Related Degrees:
Licensed Practical / Vocational Nursing
Nursing Certification
Nursing (ASN, BSN, MSN)

Average Salaries:
Home Health Aides: $25,000*
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: $39,030*
Registered Nurses: $62,450*

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*Average salary information for Bloggers, Email Marketing Managers, Forensic Accountants, Home Health Aides, Social Media Strategists, and Video Game Designers comes from in August 2010. All other salary data represents the mean annual wage in May 2008, according to The U.S. Department of Labor.

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