Need A Job? 5 Fast-Growing Careers -- No Additional Schooling Required

Ready to switch jobs? Or looking for a new role, but don't have a degree? Here are a few options that are projected to grow mightily over the next decade.

Jan 13, 2014 at 4:15PM
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Trying to find a new job can be one if the toughest tasks you'll ever face. And you'll often find an attractive work opportunity only to learn that you don't have the right education requirements to apply.

But as the job market experiences a period of growth, there are some big opportunities for job-seekers in careers projected to grow faster than the overall market. Below are five of the highest ranked entry-level careers for the next 10 years, based on growth potential.

1. Personal care and home health aides ($20,000 median salary)
Love working with people? With more than 1 million personal care and home health aides jobs expected to develop during the next decade, both roles present a great opportunities for those that want to help others

Generally, aides work with elderly or disabled people in their homes or in retirement communities. Typical work includes helping around the house, running errands, personal hygiene assistance, and companionship. Though there's no specific education requirement, expect to have some on-the-job training or to shadow an experienced aide.

2. Interpreter/translator ($45,000 median salary)
If you already have a bachelor's degree and are fluent in a second language, becoming an interpreter or translator would be a breeze. The career is expected to grow 46% over the next 10 years, which is not surprising given the shift in demographics we've seen within the past decade.

Think there's no work for a translator in your area? Think again -- some work-from-home sites offer work requests from companies that require translations of speeches or other dialogue for their clients.

3. Medical secretaries ($35,000 median salary)
Don't mind administrative tasks or talking with insurance company representatives? You may fit right in at the front desk of a doctor's office or hospital.

The need for medical secretaries is projected to grow by 36% over the next 10 years. Though there is no education requirement beyond a high school diploma, people entering this field should expect extensive on-the-job training in order to become acquainted with the proper systems and procedures within the medical office or hospital where they work.

4 & 5. Electricians and construction laborers ($28,000 and $30,000 median salaries, respectively)
With the economy recovering and the housing market's growth eating up most of the existing homes available, construction and related work is expected to rise in the coming years. While electrician and other specialized careers are expected to grow more than 35% over the next decade, basic construction jobs are rising a bit slower at 25%.

Both jobs involve basic skills that will need to be learned, but you can expect to do that training in the field. Specialized jobs like an electrician or masonry-specialist often begin in the field as an apprentice to an experienced professional.

Don't stop looking
Employers are estimated to add more than 225,000 per month as the housing market continues to recover and the effects of government spending cuts soften. With more opportunities coming available each month, there will be more chances that you'll find the right position for you.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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