According to career poles and news reporting in 2010, the highest paying and most stable jobs were in the medical and medical services career field. However, with the looming increases in medical insurance and malpractice insurance medical professionals may see their profits dwindling in 2011. Other professional careers suffered throughout 2010, specifically those related to the defense industry as defense spending and program budgets were cut.
Not all technical fields suffered in 2010 as internet technology (IT), computer science, software engineers, and programmers maintained a strong presence. Companies used the low in the workforce to update and revitalize their internal technology footprint though out 2010 in preparation for increased competition come 2011.
The highest paying jobs for 2011 still follow the same trend as in previous years with medical, legal, and technical professionals leading the way. Career professionals highly recommend you have your resume and job search criteria identified before any career opportunities present themselves. “Preplanning is always prudent”, says one expert.
The big shift in increased salaries for 2011 are expected in the engineering career fields as new product development and the implementation of new technologies are anticipated to hit the market place in 2011. Government defense spending is seen as making a slow but steady increase on smaller and company specific localized projects. While it has been suggested, the legal professions may see little growth for the first half of 2011, but an insurgence in late 2011 and 2012 as lobbyist groups and national political campaigns prepare for the 2012 election cycle.
On the loosing end for 2011 will remain on unskilled service labor and real estate professionals. Two factors will potentially hit the real estate and realtors hard in 2011. Slow home sales and the lack of foreclosure inventory as the housing market begins to stabilize.