America’s Hottest Jobs

If you are looking for the hottest jobs in the hottest markets in the nation, you will have to go south. According to the latest issue of Business 2.0, 14 out of 15 fast growing job markets in US are located in the southern states, with Florida hosting 5 of them.

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Based on a 2-year job-growth forecast, the top 15 fastest growing job markets and the hottest jobs in these markets are:

1. Orlando, FL — 2-year job-growth forecast: 6.8%

  • Senior mechanical engineer: $80,400
  • Physician’s assistant: $76,000
  • IT project manager: $75,200
  • Construction project manager: $71,200
  • Electrical engineer: $64,900

2. Las Vegas, NV — 2-year job-growth forecast: 6.5%

  • Construction project manager: $78,800
  • IT project manager: $74,600
  • Construction superintendent: $71,900
  • Civil engineer: $70,000
  • Executive chef: $65,500

3. Raleigh, NC — 2-year job-growth forecast: 5.8%

  • Senior software developer: $91,000
  • Software project manager: $87,300
  • Senior network engineer: $84,100
  • IT project manager: $83,300
  • Pharmaceuticals project manager: $82,300
  • Biotech research scientist: $75,300

4. Charlotte, NC — 2-year job-growth forecast: 5.7%

  • IT project manager: $83,000
  • Senior software developer: $82,900
  • Regional sales manager: $80,500
  • Senior financial analyst: $72,900
  • Construction project manager: $71,200

5. Phoenix, AZ — 2-year job-growth forecast: 5.6%

  • Senior software developer: $84,800
  • IT project manager: $78,600
  • Semiconductor process engineer: $78,000
  • Physician’s assistant: $76,200
  • Construction project manager: $74,000

6. West Palm Beach, FL — 2-year job-growth forecast: 5.4%

  • Senior software developer: $86,100
  • Senior mechanical engineer: $81,800
  • IT project manager: $80,400
  • Construction project manager: $73,200
  • Construction superintendent: $73,000

7. Tampa, FL — 2-year job-growth forecast: 5.3%

  • Senior software developer: $80,900
  • Senior IT systems engineer: $75,500
  • IT project manager: $75,000
  • Nurse practitioner: $70,200
  • Construction project manager: $67,400

8. Riverside, CA — 2-year job-growth forecast: 5.2%

  • Physician’s assistant: $78,800
  • Construction project manager: $77,600
  • Manufacturing plant manager: $77,200
  • Construction superintendent: $75,800
  • Construction estimator: $68,600

9. Austin, TX — 2-year job-growth forecast: 4.9%

  • Senior software engineer: $97,800
  • Senior electronics design engineer: $97,500
  • Senior software developer: $92,700
  • Computer hardware engineer: $83,600
  • Semiconductor process engineer: $81,600

10. Atlanta, GA — 2-year job-growth forecast: 4.6%

  • Regional sales manager: $86,400
  • Senior software developer: $84,900
  • IT project manager: $83,000)
  • Business process/management consultant: $76,500
  • Senior financial analyst: $72,100
  • Construction project manager: $70,300

11. Salt Lake City, UT — 2-year job-growth forecast: 4.4%

  • Senior software developer: $81,600
  • Electrical engineer: $73,800
  • IT project manager: $69,200
  • Financial controller: $67,200
  • Construction project manager: $65,800

12. Jacksonville, FL — 2-year job-growth forecast: 4.4%

  • IT project manager: $79,400
  • Senior software developer: $77,800
  • Financial controller: $76,800
  • Physician’s assistant: $75,900
  • Construction project manager: $74,600

13. Dallas, TX — 2-year job-growth forecast: 4.2%

  • Senior software developer: $88,500
  • Operations director: $84,800
  • IT project manager: $84,500
  • Regional sales manager: $84,300
  • Financial controller: $83,200

14. San Antonio, TX –2-year job-growth forecast: 4.2%

  • Senior software developer: $83,900
  • Physician’s assistant: $78,400
  • IT project manager: $76,800
  • Human resources director: $75,800
  • Construction project manager: $66,300

15. Fort Lauderdale, FL — 2-year job-growth forecast: 4.1%

  • Senior software developer: $84,600
  • Financial controller: $78,600
  • IT project manager: $75,700
  • HR director: $73,500
  • Construction project manager: $72,700

Among the hottest jobs, IT project manager, Senior software developer, and Construction project manager are the most needed as they are popular in 11 of the 15 markets. The average salaries for all the job titles in the report are listed below.

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Clearly, IT related jobs are still paying good salary as 9 in the list are either hardware or software jobs. What surprises me, however, is that Physician’s assistant is also a high-paying job now, competing with software developers and IT managers for the top spots. Considering the national shortage of nurses, it does seem to be a natual result though.

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