Accountant: As Ambler-based résumé writer and employment consultant Kenny Hanson puts it, “Companies always need people to count their money.” Sallie Glickman, CEO of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, predicts 9,000 new jobs in this field.
Alternative energy: In addition to natural gas prospecting and the opening of a solar-cell plant at the Navy Yard in 2011, Philly’s already got the-future-is-now companies like Green Energy Capital Partners and BlackGold Biofuels.
Road crew worker: Not just cash for caulkers, Philadelphia’s $800 million-plus in stimulus money should fund hard-hat projects.
Management analyst: In November, CareerCast.com put Philadelphia on a list of the top 10 best cities in which to find a managerial job. Glickman forecasts 10,000 jobs added.
Health care: Mental health doctors: “There will continue to be an increase in mental health disorders due to unemployment,” Hanson says. CEOs: The new trend? Physicians’ groups, health-care systems and hospitals are filling this position with physicians, meaning docs-to-be should study management along with anatomy. Nurses: Glickman says retiring nurses in our region will create demand, but hospitals will be looking for “specialists” in areas like geriatrics and surgery assistance. Physical therapy assistants: An aging but active population means more pulls, strains and pain.
Office clerks: Glickman says there are now 20,000 office clerks in the city (average pay: $13.16 an hour); she expects expansion by about 15,000 over the next 10 years. While these jobs might have gone to girls fresh out of Goretti in decades past, Glickman notes it’s now more common for hires to have at least some college education.
Personal service pros: Despite a dip in real estate sales and a rise in unemployment, Center City professionals earned an average salary of $83,600 in 2009 — leaving them with enough dough to hire massage therapists, personal trainers, urban gardeners and the like.