A software developer at work. Photo by Matthew Roth via Wikimedia Commons
A software developer at work. Photo by Matthew Roth via Wikimedia Commons

Software tops the list of the 10 emerging careers in 2016, but mainstays accounting and healthcare still rank high, according to a new study by UC San Diego Extension.

The “Emerging Careers for 2016” report identified the 10 occupations with the highest projected growth rates and the most online job postings. Each requires a bachelor’s degree but less than five years of work experience.

The top 10 emerging careers nationwide are:

  1. Software developers, applications
  2. Accountants and auditors
  3. Computer systems analysts
  4. Medical and health service managers
  5. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products
  6. Management analysts
  7. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
  8. Financial analysts
  9. Information security analysts
  10. Civil engineers

Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of UC San Diego Extension, said these emerging careers show both the value of a college degree and also the need for specialized training as technology continuously reshapes the job market and the economy.

“As [Netscape founder] Marc Andreessen recently opined, ‘Software is eating the world,’” Walshok said. “That fact is true in almost every top emerging career whether it be health care or marketing or financial analysis. It’s not enough to just know the fundamentals; you have to use technology to provide new insights.”

The annual list of emerging careers is part of UC San Diego Extension’s efforts to not only assist job seekers but also shape educational offerings to ensure local companies have the talent they need to thrive in today’s marketplace.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.