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10 Toughest Jobs to fil (CareerCast 2017.02)

The CareerCast’s study in the US reflects a shift in demand for professions that cater to the aging population. Job vacancies for registered nurse and physical therapists are estimated to rise substantially by 2024. Other professions in demand, based on their growth outlook, include information security analyst, software engineer and medical services manager.

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Data scientists

Data scientists use statistics, database and machine learning software to interpret data for company strategies or actions.

This relatively new profession is in hot demand at companies across almost every type of industry. With the vast amount of data that's being generated by online applications, industries are hiring data scientists to interpret the information. Organizations across various sectors need to expertly parse through data and turn it into actionable information. The number of jobs in the field is expected to grow by 16 percent through 2024, in the US according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

To enter this field a technical background is often preferred, such as a master's or doctorate in a related field such as computer science. But some workers are breaking into the field after attending a data science boot camp.

Universities now are just starting to integrate specific majors for that field, below are programs offered by some of the prestigious USA schools.


Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business - Tempe, AZ
DePaul University - Chicago, IL
Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA
George Washington University - Washington, DC
Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, IL
Indiana University Kelley School of Business - Bloomington, IN
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN
Purdue - Lafayette, IN
Rutgers - New Brunswick, NJ
Syracuse - Syracuse, NY
Texas A&M University - Houston, TX
The Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
UMass Amherst Center for Data Science - Amherst, MA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Urbana-Champaign, IL
University of Maryland - College Park, MD
University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
University of Rochester Institute for Data Science - Rochester, NY
University of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
University of Texas Austin - Austin, TX
University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA

Physical therapists

Physical therapists help people with injuries or illnesses improve their movement. They often work at medical practices, hospitals or nursing homes.  Entering the field requires a doctor of physical therapy degree, and all states have licensing requirements for PTs. The field is forecast to grow 34 percent by 2024, thanks to the aging baby boomer generation, who are more active than previous generations and may seek PT help to maintain their mobility.

Registered nurse

Registered nurses provide medical care to patients in hospitals, doctors' offices and other medical facilities. The field is expected to grow by 16 percent through 2024, according to the BLS.

There are a few ways to enter the field, including earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing or an associate's degree in nursing. Nurses also need to qualify for a license, while some states have additional certification requirements.

Registered Nurse is a high-outlook profession, and a cornerstone for the booming healthcare industry. It’s also the profession with the single-most openings currently found in the jobs database. BLS projects new nursing hires of nearly a half-million over the 2.75 million currently employment. However, the actual need by 2024 may be closer to 1.1 million due to nurses retiring. )

Software engineers

Software engineering and development have long been vital to the IT industry, but the landscape is changing dramatically with the proliferation of high-functioning smart devices. Software engineers typically have a bachelor's degree in computer science, as well as strong coding or programming skills.

This burgeoning career has a growth outlook of 17%, according to the BLS.

Security analysts

Security analyst is also a technical job that places of higher learning are only now starting to treat as a special and focused field of study.

Most information security analysts have a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, since the job requires workers to protect their companies' computer networks. Jobs in this field are pegged to expand by 18 percent through 2024, according to the BLS.

Medical services manager

Otherwise known as health care administrators, medical services managers help manage medical practices, hospitals, clinical areas or other medical offices. Growth in the segment is forecast to expand by 17 percent by 2024.

Requirements include a bachelor's degree, while some employers also expect candidates to have a master's degree in a related field, such as public health administration.

Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2017 – the full List (by CareerCast Feb.2017)

1. Data Scientis

2. Information Security Analyst

3. Physical Therapist

4. Registered Nurse -

5. Financial Advisor

7. Medical Services Manager

8. Software Engineer

9. Truck Driver

10. General & Operations Manager


CareerCast first looked to is roster of the top 200 jobs within the workforce that it follows as part of its Jobs Rated Report. It then researches each, looking to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, industry publications, trade statistics, the Georgetown University Center on Education and college graduate employment figures.

Source of data

CareerCast -