What students should expect for their particular major
By Veronica Neff
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total employment in the U.S. economy is projected to shoot from 145 million jobs to 161 million jobs during the 2012–2022 decade. Some of the fastest proposed growth will occur in healthcare, social sciences, construction and mathematics.
The Rochester Institute of Technology created a table on the job outlook in 2022 for each department based on the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. They said majors that will have the most job openings are nutrition and civil engineering.
This change is a result of the increased interest in the role of food and how it promotes health and wellness. Due to population growth and an increased emphasis on infrastructure and security, more civil engineers will be needed to design and construct safe and higher capacity transportation systems, water supplies and pollution control systems.
Demands will also decline over the years in areas such as social services and jobs such as reporters and news analysts. According to RIT, the employment rate in these fields will be down 13 percent due to the belief that consolidation and convergence should continue in the publishing and broadcasting industries. Companies will be better able to assign their news analysts, reporters and correspondents to cover news stories. Broadcasters and newspapers are high employment industries and are dependent on advertising revenue, so employment growth will suffer during an economic downturn.
RIT also indicates that some health industries, such as dentistry, may increase. As an increasing number of dentists from the baby boom reach retirement age, job prospects will increase for young dentists.
Some job demands will stay the same. It is projected by RIT that graduates in the editing and writing field should expect opportunities because online publications and services are growing in number and sophistication,
spurring the demand for writers and editors, especially those with web experience.
In conclusion, with the potential for 15.6 million jobs by 2022, the outlook is optimistic for all majors. In addition to projecting growth, BLS projects the number of job openings will stem from the need to replace workers who change occupations or leave the labor force and tracks the typical level of education that is needed for entry-level positions in each occupation.