The 23 Hottest Jobs (and Business Ideas) for 2016

For those who want a break from being an entrepreneur -- or from the smart entrepreneur who knows that where job demand is growing, so are business opportunities -- it's a good time to consider what jobs will be hot in the coming year.

There are at least two different takes on this: CareerBuilder's new list and Kiplinger's from September. Let's start with the former.

CareerBuilder focuses on its own job listings and the gap between postings and hirings. It could be that some of the jobs listed are filled through another route but never taken down for whatever reason. Here are their top 20 best-paying choices along with their median hourly earnings:

  • Registered Nurses ($32.04)
  • Software Developers, Applications ($45.92)
  • Marketing Managers ($53.20)
  • Sales Managers ($53.20)
  • Medical and Health Services Managers ($44.62)
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators ($36.44)
  • Industrial Engineers ($39.18)
  • Computer Systems Analysts ($39.76)
  • Web Developers ($30.52)
  • Financial Managers ($55.44)
  • Physical Therapists ($39.61)
  • Pharmacists ($58.15)
  • Accountants and Auditors ($31.70)
  • Information Security Analysts ($42.74)
  • Occupational Therapists ($37.89)
  • Speech-Language Pathologists ($34.40)
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers ($61.37)
  • Mechanical Engineers ($39.93)
  • Human Resources Managers ($49.41)
  • Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers ($41.06)

Note that the only one that doesn't generally require a college degree is the last entry. Other non-college choices ran from $17.26 an hour (Medical Records and Health Information Technicians) to $29.91 an hour (Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators).

Some of the potential opportunities for entrepreneurs could include creating service bureaus to cover certain types of jobs for a multitude of clients. (I've spoken with someone who has done well providing HR services, for example.) Engineers, developers, and analysts could consider solo consulting and contracting. Why not create an in-house physical therapist offering for corporations who have employees with aches and pains from sitting all day?

Many of the Kiplinger entries were the same, as you might expect. But it had some additional ones to consider (median salaries presented as annual figures that seemed to differ a bit from the hourly multiplied by a 40 hour week and 52-week year, but not by enough to quibble):

  • Community Service Manager ($60,528)
  • Mobile App Developer ($92,081)
  • Nurse Practitioner ($92,768)

Community service managers will be needed as boomer age and the demand for programs like adult day-care and meal delivery increases. Mobile app developers -- everyone seems to want them. (However, keep an eye out for the future. Experts I've spoken with have said that the direction is moving into services that integrate with other aspects of mobile devices as people become more resistant to adding and using new apps.) And nurse practitioners, generally with physician supervision, are setting up their own practices and could also find useful roles in outsourced corporate wellness programs.


Category: Business ideas

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