ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The New York State Department of Labor released it's outlook for the top trending jobs in the Finger Lakes region and Mark Gruba examined what's hot now and how some college graduates are taking advantage in "Hot Jobs" Tuesday during News 8 at 11.
Lindsey Michaud is among this year's St. John Fisher College graduates. Armed with a degree from the Wegmans School of Nursing, Michaud was hired by Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
"So I accepted a job at Strong at Wilmot Cancer Center on their bone marrow transplant unit, so I'll be working with cancer patients," she said during a recent conversation. Michaud noted nearly every graduate from the Wegmans School of Nursing has found a job this spring. "It wasn't too difficult to find positions," she said. "There was a ton of open positions."
Registered nurses are one of the "Hot Jobs" for the Finger Lakes region. New data from the State Department of Labor shows local demand for Registered Nurses will grow nearly 10 percent over the next five years, creating over 1,000 new jobs. The average salary is north of $67,000 a year.
Accountants and auditors with college degrees are also in demand. Over one thousand new positions are expected to be created by 2022, a nearly 17 percent jump.
Computer System Analysts with a bachelor's degree are hired to help improve the technological efficiency of a business. They're in demand too -- an expected 19.4 percent increase in workers -- with an average salary over $76,000 annually.
Health care is the major driver for jobs in the Finger Lakes region. The top two employers are the University of Rochester -- with its large medical campus -- and Rochester Regional Health. So it's no surprise professors with an advanced degree are needed to teach the next generation of doctors and dentists. The position of Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary is anticipated to rise 35.4 percent in the next five years, and it's well compensated too, with a median salary near $119,000 a year.
Another "Hot Job" requiring a doctoral or professional degree -- Physical Therapists -- with an expectation of 18.4 percent growth by 2022. They make, on average, $77,640 a year.
Also in this category of advanced degree "Hot Jobs" -- Speech-Language Pathologists. With a Master's degree in tow, they help children and adults communicate better. Expected growth is 8.8 percent and a median salary of $62,300 per year.
Rochester Works! is partnered with the State Department of Labor. It uses this data to help people of all educational backgrounds identify potential jobs. Peter Pecor is the Executive Director for Rochester Works! "We're looking at every opportunity that's out there to identify employers who have openings and to make the job seeker aware of those openings," he said.
To that end, Customer Service Representatives, especially in call centers, are needed with no slow down in sight. They earn, on average, $31, 990 annually. It's expected the Finger Lakes region will add 1,120 new positions in this area by 2022.
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators who work with metals and plastics are hot as businesses become more high tech. The average salary is $35,560 each year with an expected growth curve of 10.9 percent, or 120 jobs, over the next five years.
And here's a career to watch - Personal Care Aides. The average pay, $23,460, is low as compared to many of the trending "Hot Jobs" but the demand is soaring well beyond most of them. The education requirement is less than a high school degree. By 2022, 1,410 new aides are anticipated in the Finger Lakes region, a spike of 24.6 percent.
As for Michaud, she's thinking about going back to school some day to become a Nurse Practitioner - another Hot Job, by the way. But for now, she's happy to begin her new career. "I'm on Cloud Nine, I'm so excited!" she said. "I'm the first one to graduate college in my family, so my family is super excited and I'm just like, I can't believe it's over, but I'm really, really excited for the next step!"
For a look at the full list of job/careers that are tracked by the New York Department of Labor, visit the Department of Labor website -- then click on Government and Research -- then Labor Statistics -- tehn Employment Projections -- then the Excel file: Statewide and Regional Projections, click here to get started.
To learn more about Rochester Works! click here.