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Here Are 3 Occupations With an Extremely Positive Future

Here Are 3 Occupations With an Extremely Positive Future

As unemployment rates shrink, individual industries and job markets are heating up. There is, once again, promise for young professionals looking to climb the ranks and reap the financial and personal rewards of a satisfying career. According the most recent numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in their biannual Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to Industries, the total number of Americans employed will increase by 10.1 percent – or 15.3 million people – by 2018.

While many jobs have opportunities for promotion, the following three stand out for unique reasons.

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IT Security

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, computer-related careers are on the rise. From 2012 to 2022, the number of computer systems analysts in the country is expected to increase by 25 percent, while computer support specialists will see demand increase by as much as 17 percent (both figures are faster than the national average). These are clear indicators of the nation’s enhanced focus on IT and cybersecurity.

However, it may be IT security specialists that see the biggest growth. As cybercrime increases and computers become increasingly capable of storing more data, the emphasis on cybersecurity will become even more important. According to Anthony Sequeira of CBT Nuggets, a reputable IT training resource, “As we store more and more information in the cloud, the perceived gain and perceived harm that can be done to individuals is greater and greater – adding more numbers to would be attackers.”

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In 2013, the average IT security analyst made approximately $88,590 – with the top 10 percent taking home a hefty $138,780. Even the lower end is well above the national average, with the typical starting salary somewhere around $50,430. Some of the top job markets include those in San Francisco, New York City, and Sacramento – with plenty of growth in other West Coast and northeastern hubs.

Biomedical Engineering

If you’re looking at the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to Industries, the occupation with the highest anticipated growth rate from 2008 to 2018 is biomedical engineering. Whereas there were only 16,000 biomedical engineers in 2008, a healthy 27,520 are expected to hold the title by 2018. That’s a 10-year growth rate of 72 percent.

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But why is this industry growing so rapidly? It’s likely due in part to the aging population and an increased focus on health issues. Naturally, health professionals (and the general public) will continue to demand better and more superior medical equipment and devices for better healthcare. In 2008, the median annual salary for a biomedical engineer was $77,400. The current mid-career median annual salary is now somewhere around $97,800.

Audiology

For those who want to work directly with people but prefer low-pressure environments, audiology is an ideal career. “If you don’t like stress but still want a career with good prospects and a decent salary, consider becoming an audiologist.” That’s what Alan Farnham of ABC News writes, referencing a 2014 report by CareerCast.com.

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Audiologists are professionals who treat patients with hearing needs. You’re now required to hold a clinical doctoral degree to be a certified audiologist, but the rewards are worth it. The industry growth rate is well above the national average – hovering somewhere around 19 percent (according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics).

According to PayScale.com, an Audiologist’s average annual salary is $63,579. The top 10 percent make more than $85,000 per year. Low stress, high outlook, and a salary potential of almost six figures? Not a bad industry to think about.

Launch Your Career Today

Now is the time to start a career in one of these four fields. In addition to having positive outlooks, each of these opportunities is interesting and rewarding. Reach out and make connections in order to get a foot in the door! Sometimes all it takes to get started is a willingness to ask the right questions.

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Last Updated on March 12, 2019

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

What Is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

The Importance of a Vision Statement

Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

1. Dream big and use clear language

An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

  • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
  • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
  • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
  • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

1. Disney

To make people happy.

2. Oxfam

A just world without poverty.

3. Ikea

To create a better every day life for the many people.

Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

4. Microsoft

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    5. Nike

    Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

      Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

      6. Ford

      People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

      7. Avon

      To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

      Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

      8. Honda – in 1970

      We will destroy Yamaha.

      9. Nike – in 1960s

      Crush Adidas.

        10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

        Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

        Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

        11. Stanford University – in the past

        To become the Harvard of the West.

        12. Reach for Success – in the past

        To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

        Internal Transformations vision statements:

        13. Apple

        To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

        14. Giro Sport Design

        To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

        15. Tesla

        To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

        16. Sony

        To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

        17. Facebook

        To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

          Longer and more detailed vision statement:

          18. Walmart

          To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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          19. Coca Cola

          To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

          Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

          People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

          Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

          Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

          Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

            20. Heinz

            Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

            The Bottom Line

            Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

            Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

            Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

            Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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            To your success!

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