The top 10 most Googled jobs of 2015
And what you need to do to get one of them.
CNN recently reported the 10 most Googled jobs so far in 2015 and we’ve decided to dig deeper to offer you more information about what these jobs entail and what you might need to do to land one of them — to save you the trouble of having to Google them all yourself. Some offer job security, some pay well and many present opportunities for career growth. Check out the list to see why these jobs are hot and consider whether there’s one in the bunch you’d like to pursue.
1. Government jobs
People are interested in government jobs for several reasons, say Lori Trahan, associate director of The Career Services Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Some are driven by a sense of service, while other are interested in job security. These jobs are available at the federal, state and local levels, and include a wide variety of roles.
“Government jobs require candidates to jump through more hoops up front, but people tend to stay in that agency throughout their career, being promoted up through the ranks,” she says. They often require longer resumes, for example. “The good news is that government job descriptions are often incredibly detailed with the particular information they want the resume to include. The bad news is that if a candidate doesn't address everything in that job description, it is glaringly obvious.”
2. Warehouse jobs
Some of the positions available in warehouses include production workers, supervisors and managers. Working in a warehouse can be a demanding and fast-paced job, says Craig Merilees, communications director for the San Francisco-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Some operations rely on software to track performance metrics, he says. Pay levels can vary depending on skills or duties. For example, skilled positions that require knowledge of using a forklift or safety certifications may pay more. Working conditions vary widely as well, depending on the employer or location; some warehouses may not be climate-controlled, for example.
Engineering jobs often pay well, and in some industries, such as chemical engineering and petroleum engineering, opportunities are growing. Engineers are primarily concerned with how things work or move, and finding ways to make that work more efficient. They are employed in industries such as aerospace and health and safety and involved in applications such as mechanical and civil.
The Walt Disney Co. is a vast empire that has more than 166,000 employees spread across more than 40 countries. While some of its most familiar work includes animation and entertainment, the company also hires people to work in sales and marketing, technology and corporate roles, and even sewing positions. Disney also has a strong internship program for college students and recent graduates.
The National Collegiate Athletics Association is the governing body for college athletics. It’s a legislative nonprofit organization headquartered in Indianapolis, and NCAA employees provide administrative support for the association’s committees and cabinets, made up of representatives from member colleges.
Companies are concerned about security both online and off these days and there are plenty of jobs available to people who can address those concerns. “Tech security is growing fast as so much of what we do is online,” says Cassie Anderson, vice president of marketing for U.K.-based Direct ID. Information security and data protection are especially popular. “It's easy to assume jobs are mostly technical, but there is so much more such as design, user experience, community engagement and marketing.”
Home and business security companies are often looking for people to staff sales, installation and IT positions, says Robert D. Sollars, who has worked in security for more than 30 years. Protecting the lives and property of customers is a great part of the job.
Once the purview of neighborhood teenagers, babysitting has become a serious full- and part-time job opportunity. The Babysitting Co. founder Rachel Charlupski says her Miami Beach, Florida-based company hires people from a wide variety of backgrounds such as nurses, grad students, retired teachers and others.
Certified nursing assistants often help patients with daily living tasks such as eating, dressing, repositioning and personal hygiene. CNAs may also perform some health care tasks such as changing nonsterile dressings, checking vital signs, or administering heat or cold packs. CNAs must pass a state certification exam, says Linda Carey of Health Industry Marketing in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Atlanta-based UPS has a lot of different jobs to fill throughout the year, says Dan McMackin, who works in public relations at the company. Because of that, he says UPS is likely to turn up in many different types of job searches.
Positions such as delivery and tractor trailer drivers offer competitive pay with benefits and the opportunity to grow, he says. Part-time positions are also popular, McMackin says, as they offer flexibility along with the opportunity to move up for people who are interested. The company’s sales and IT departments also look to hire throughout the year.
Even as traditional print media companies face new challenges tied to declining circulation and increased demand for online content, journalism skills are still needed in a wide variety of positions. "The skills that journalism majors learn, such as researching and presenting content in a variety of written and visual platforms, are ones that can prepare them for all kinds of jobs oriented toward storytelling,” says Ted Spiker, chair of the journalism department at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in Gainesville.
Spiker says he sees students getting jobs with news organizations and magazines, and in social media roles at kinds of companies. Other journalism-related options may including content marketing and public relations.