5 Jobs that interest me...in the field of Design/Drafting. Go!
Now please note that these jobs are not in an order or preference or anything of that sort, just a good old fashioned list of jobs that I would love to have (and a little bit of seriousness).
Job Title: Commercial and Industrial Designer
Salary: Median - $57,350
Job Prospects: "Competition for jobs will be keen because many talented individuals are attracted to the design field. The best job opportunities will be in specialized design firms which are used by manufacturers to design products or parts of products. Increasingly, manufacturers have been outsourcing design work to these design services firms to cut costs and to find the most qualified design talent, creating more opportunities in these firms."
Outlook: Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average (Increase 7 to 13 percent). Keen competition for jobs is expected; those with strong backgrounds in engineering and computer-aided design and business knowledge will have the best prospects.
Job Title: Interior Designer
Salary: Median - $44,950
Job Prospects: "Interior designers are expected to face keen competition for available positions because many talented individuals are attracted to this profession. Individuals with little or no formal training in interior design, as well as those lacking creativity and perseverance, will find it very difficult to establish and maintain a career in this occupation. Designers with formal training or experience in green or energy efficient-design in particular are expected to have better job prospects due to increased interest in this area."
Outlook: "Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations."
Job Title: Architect
Salary: Median - $70,320
Job Prospects: " Besides employment growth, additional job openings will arise from the need to replace architects who transfer to other occupations or stop working for other reasons. A growing number of students are graduating with architectural degrees and some competition for entry-level jobs can be anticipated. Competition will be especially keen for jobs at the most prestigious architectural firms as prospective architects try to build their reputation. Prospective architects who have had internships while in school will have an advantage in obtaining positions after graduation. Opportunities will be best for those architects who are able to distinguish themselves from others with their creativity."
Outlook: "Employment of architects is expected to increase by 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations."
Job Title: Mechanical Engineer
Salary: Median - $74,920
Job Prospects: "Mechanical engineers are expected to have employment growth of 6 percent over the projections decade, slower than the average for all occupations. Mechanical engineers are involved in the production of a wide range of products, and continued efforts to improve those products will create continued demand for their services. In addition, some new job opportunities will be created through the effects of emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology. Additional opportunities outside of mechanical engineering will exist because the skills acquired through earning a degree in mechanical engineering often can be applied in other engineering specialties."
Job Title: Aerospace Engineering Technician
Salary: Median - $52,150
Job Prospects: "Job prospects will vary by specialty and location, as employment is influenced by economic conditions similar to those which affect engineers. In general, opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or other post secondary training in engineering technology. As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers will continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and who require little additional training. Even in specialties that are expected to experience job declines, there will still be job openings resulting from the need to replace technicians who retire or leave the labor force for any other reason."
Outlook: "Mechanical engineering technicians are expected to decline by 1 percent between 2008 and 2018, which represents little or no change."