Based on macro trends seen today, the career categories listed below should be in relatively high demand throughout the next 10 years.

Almost all jobs, no matter how secure, will experience ups and downs due to the economy and unexpected changes in technology. Thus, there is no guarantee. The key to survival and winning in the career game is to be the best at what you do. Even in tough times, the people who have a reputation for being the best in their field will do better than most.

Career categories with high demand

• Business, such as marketing, financial services, Internet specialists and advertising executives.

• Education, such as teachers and aides.

• Entertainment, such as producers, directors, musicians, writers and news anchors.

• Health care, such as surgeons, chiropractors, hygienists, nurses, therapists, physicians, radiology technicians and medical lab technicians.

• Information technology, such as computer system analysts, computer engineers, WEB specialists, JAVA programmer and IT manager.

• Law/law enforcement, such as correction officer, law officer, anti-terrorist specialists, security guard and tax attorney.

• Services, such as social workers, veterinarian, aircraft mechanic, guidance counselor, landscape architect and caterer.

• Technology, such as electrical engineers, biological scientists, CAD operator and product marketing engineer.

• Bob McDonnell is executive director of Arizona College Planners, L.L.C., a member of the College Planning Network, the National Association of College Funding Advisors and the National Association of College Acceptance Counselors. For questions, email

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