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30 hot jobs in 2013

Which are the hot jobs of 2013?

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

Wondering where the purple squirrels are hanging out these days? Maybe they are working in one of these 30 "hot" jobs. These are the thirty hottest jobs right now as determined by a combined factor of the wage growth they have experienced in the labor market over the last 3 years and the employment projections provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Job 3 Year Wage Growth 3 Year Wage Growth Score BLS Employment Projections 2010-2020 BLS Growth Score Overall Score National Median Pay
Life Coach 36% 9.11 21% 1.49 13.57 $64,300
Biomedical Engineer 13% 3.14 62% 4.31 13.56 $63,900
Health Care Administrator 28% 6.99 22% 1.57 10.95 $64,600
School Psychologist 14% 3.52 41% 2.88 10.14 $58,000
Residential Care Attendant (RCA) 8% 2.08 69% 4.85 10.08 $20,900
Database Analyst 17% 4.35 31% 2.14 9.31 $60,900
Interaction Designer 24% 6.05 22% 1.52 9.17 $81,300
General Surgeon 21% 5.27 24% 1.71 9.00 $258,000
Security Architect IT 18% 4.43 28% 1.94 8.61 $116,000
Community Health Advocate 14% 3.62 34% 2.34 8.48 $33,200
Network Technician IT 15% 3.67 28% 1.94 7.13 $48,800
Glazier 10% 2.40 42% 2.97 7.11 $37,500
Sr. Pricing Analyst 10% 2.44 41% 2.88 7.04 $75,100
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) 13% 3.13 32% 2.24 7.03 $70,800
Wellness Coach 17% 4.18 24% 1.68 7.02 $45,600
Vice President, Compliance Officer 15% 3.68 27% 1.89 6.95 $108,000
Information Technology Coordinator 18% 4.47 22% 1.52 6.79 $45,300
Clinical Psychologist 9% 2.33 41% 2.88 6.70 $73,000
User Interface Engineer 16% 3.89 25% 1.72 6.70 $76,900
Personal Trainer 16% 3.97 24% 1.68 6.66 $40,400
Director of Events 9% 2.17 44% 3.06 6.62 $63,300
International Logistics Coordinator 13% 3.20 29% 2.05 6.55 $43,600
Logistics Supervisor 13% 3.33 27% 1.90 6.33 $54,100
Compliance Analyst 13% 3.24 27% 1.89 6.12 $55,300
Hospital Coder 16% 4.07 21% 1.47 5.98 $43,800
Payroll Analyst 23% 5.83 15% 1.02 5.95 $50,200
User-Interface Designer 13% 3.34 25% 1.72 5.75 $62,600
Journeyman Plumber 13% 3.15 26% 1.79 5.64 $46,200
Clinical Esthetician 13% 3.25 25% 1.72 5.58 $33,000
Market Research Analyst 7% 1.80 41% 2.88 5.18 $51,500


Definitions:

Total Cash Compensation (TCC): TCC combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable. For example, when overtime is typical for a given job, TCC also includes overtime pay. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or value of other non-cash benefits (e.g., healthcare).

Median Pay: The median pay is the national median (50th Percentile) annual total cash compensation. Half the people doing the job earn more than the median, while half earn less.

Range in pay within a job can be very wide depending upon years of experience, scope of responsibility, number of employees, etc. For example, pay can be higher than the stated median pay if the worker has higher levels of experience and responsibility or they work at a larger company.

3-Year Wage Growth: Using a methodology similar to The PayScale Index, we calculate the change in the market price for a given job, all else equal, between Q2 2010 and Q2 2013.

3-Year Wage Growth Score: This is the 3-year wage growth for a given job divided by the average wage growth of all jobs considered, which was 4%.

BLS Employment Projections (2010-2020): These are the estimated percentage of jobs projected to be created between 2010 and 2020.

BLS Growth Score: This is the per job growth divided by the average across all jobs, which is 14.3%

Overall Score: The product of the 3-year wage growth score and the BLS growth score.


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