Be curious and fearless when job hunting – Glassdoor releases “Top 50 Jobs of 2019”

Looking for an edge in the post-commencement job search? Glassdoor’s list of top jobs in 2019 is out and contains useful insights for college students.

Glassdoor, one of the largest job recruiting sites, published its “Top 50 Jobs of 2019,” ranking jobs based on three criteria: pay, job satisfaction and current number of job openings.

Most of these high-paying jobs do not require applicants to have education above a bachelor’s degree, giving undergrad students the opportunity to kick off their careers right away.

The path to landing one of these highly-prized jobs, however, is marked by deliberate preparation. Work experience and specific areas of expertise rank high on the list of qualifications for positions.

Twenty-three of the 50 job titles contain the word “manager,” and even more require candidates to discover and apply new knowledge on the job with little supervision.

Nearly half of the roles listed involve technology. Medical jobs, such as physician assistant, physical therapist and nurse practitioner, are the second highest-ranked with just eight medical career titles, which represent 134,000 available jobs alone.

Tech roles compare closely with 168,000 open positions.

Tech positions on Glassdoor are the jobs that new hires come most prepared for, managing and developing software projects with little supervision. A recent job posting by ESports platform, VPGAME.com, warns software engineering applicants to be an engineer and not a programmer. They expect newcomers to be self-motivated and have good ideas for new products.

Daniel Lopez, a computer science student at UMKC, is in his fourth year of Big Data research. Lopez agrees that preparation for positions in software engineering or other similar jobs is dependent on skills developed through practical experience since technology is constantly changing, and job possibilities are exponentially growing.

“Get an internship,” Lopez advises soon-to-be graduates. “Be curious. Go beyond what you‘re being taught. Whatever you’re learning may or may not be needed in the company you work for. The more you have up your sleeve, the better off you’ll be.”

Lopez also credits UMKC professors for being available and providing resources to students who choose to pursue higher education and those who enter the workforce after college. He said it’s up to the student to prepare themselves for their field of study.

Lopez emphasized intellectual curiosity as one of the best assets technology students can have.

Though independent learning and discovery are beneficial for students entering the medical field, some may face demands different from tech students. Education qualifications are higher and more specific, and expectations for procedure compliance and case documentation keep their jobs regulated.

Many medical professionals may even be advised to depend on others for direction.

One UMKC medical student, who requested to remain anonymous, is now in the final interview stage for graduate school this fall. In preparation for her next steps, she says it was hard to get help from “overloaded” UMKC faculty.

Her advice for fellow UMKC students, similar to Lopez’s advice, is to take control of their career path by gaining hands-on experience.

“If you see an opportunity, take it!” she says. “Even if it’s not exactly what you want to do. I’ve done a lot of things not because it will look good on my resume, but because I know I’ll enjoy it.”

https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm

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