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6 fastest-growing jobs last year
CareerBuilder | January 20, 2021
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We won’t spend too much time describing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on employment – 2020 was a tough year full of rollercoasters and you can check out our job seeker support center here.
Keep reading for a look at three of the fastest-growing job titles from last year that held steady even in the worst unemployment months and are relatively attainable.
Plus, we're highlighting three more roles that might have been less visible throughout the year but likely grew as a result of pandemic-response needs.
Which jobs stayed steady during the pandemic?
Processing claims, reviewing and creating policies, maintaining coverage – these were all essential to navigating 2020. From in-depth analyses of insurance needs to communicating with stakeholders, this job requires a breadth of skills. Your duties in this role would encompass document processing and preparing, computer-based work, receiving and processing information, and communicating heavily with your coworkers and with customers.
What experience do you need to be an insurance clerk? Most jobs typically require a high school diploma and at least a year or so of working with the public or in similar roles, based on industry research. Helpful soft skills include attention to detail, dependability and composure – you might be helping your customers work through difficult times or understand complicated policy, and being patient and understanding will go a long way.
What is the pay for an insurance clerk? The national average is $51,000 per year. This can vary based on location and education – see more about insurance clerk salaries here.
Another vital part of the response to the pandemic included workers who could track and report on what was happening with the U.S. economy, along with providing insight on how to make it through a tough year. Financial analysts were crucial in 2020 and job growth reflected that importance.
On the job, this role involves collecting, studying and monitoring financial data to maintain and improve financial success. You might compare real-time financial results against goals, plans and forecasts, requiring analytical and mathematical skills. Other skills could include organization and collaboration.
What experience do you need to be a financial analyst? A bachelor’s degree is often required, as well as a demonstrated ability to analyze data.
What is the pay for a financial analyst? The national average is $89,000 – learn more about financial analyst salaries here.
Real estate brokers
These workers helped navigate the almost-overnight shift to remote and socially distanced work as offices and businesses adapted to the pandemic. And as more people worked from home and for longer, many started to search for bigger homes or move to less crowded cities. Your daily job duties might look like negotiating deals, finding and listing properties for sale, managing real estate offices, and of course, selling homes, businesses and other real estate.
What do you need to be a real estate broker? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 37% of real estate brokers have bachelor’s degrees, and usually you need similar experience and additional certifications in the real estate industry. Knowledge in sales and marketing is helpful, along with good writing and verbal skills. Critical thinking and active listening are great soft skills to utilize in this role.
What is the pay for a real estate broker? National average salary is $80,000 – see what you might make as a real estate broker in your area.
3 more jobs that grew in 2020
Floor sanders and finishers. This role is critical to completing construction projects and polishing real estate to be sold. A high school diploma is typically needed, and the median wages in 2019 were $39,610 per year. Learn more about the job here, and apply to construction jobs here.
Solar sales rep. The “green economy” continues to grow, including the installation of technology like solar panels. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in this role you would “Contact new or existing customers to determine their solar equipment needs, suggest systems or equipment, or estimate costs.” About 73% of the workers in this job have a bachelor’s degree or some college, some related experience is usually required and the median wages in 2019 were $81,020 per year. Great verbal and written communication skills are important, along with active listening, critical thinking and persuasion skills. Knowledge of sales and marketing, plus technology and design, can contribute to success in this job. Apply to solar sales rep jobs here.
Air traffic controller. Personal travel might be down, but the shipping and transportation industries received major boosts due to pandemic needs. The workers part of the teams making this happen? Air traffic controllers. This role has a variety of career paths, but at the heart of it, you direct air travel and traffic to get planes, people and goods to the right place. Skills in use in this role include judgment and decision making, complex problem-solving, and an understanding of when or how an issue might arise. The national average salary for an air traffic controller is $87,000. Apply to air traffic controller jobs here.
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