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Your opportunity for success

CareerBuilder recently released their annual US job forecast. After surveying more than 2,000 human resources and hiring professionals across a variety of industries, they found the outlook for 2015 to be very promising. In fact, this year has the best annual predictions for job growth since 2006.

More than one-third of employers expect to add full-time employees in 2015. If you’re looking to change careers, move your career forward or sharpen your in-demand skills, this is your year.  

We took a closer look at CareerBuilder’s forecast and noted some important tips for job seekers, along with ways to set yourself up for success. 

What careers are in demand?

Occupations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 31 percent of hiring managers plan to create jobs in STEM occupations. Information Technology (IT) is an area ripe for opportunity, too – 26 percent of employers who are planning to hire full-time staff expect to add IT jobs. People with careers in computer and technology fields are devoted to solving our most complex and critical challenges. Big picture, global issues like climate change, overpopulation and resource shortages, to name a few. If you’ve already got a degree, or are looking to apply your passion to make a real impact on the world, your technical knowledge and skills are in high demand.

Small businesses will hire more people. Nearly 30 percent of small businesses expect to add new employees. A role within a small business requires that you’re comfortable wearing many hats, have a solid understanding of business fundamentals, along with analytical and problem solving skills. Regis University helps students prepare to start or advance their business careers with undergraduate and graduate degrees.

What are employers looking for?

A degree is becoming more valuable to your job search. Hiring managers are adjusting their degree and experience requirements due to more complex, data-drive roles. For instance, twenty-eight percent of companies say they’re now hiring more workers with master’s degrees for positions that had been primarily held by workers with four-year degrees. So if you haven’t completed your undergraduate degree, or have been waiting for an opportunity to start a master’s, now’s the time. Regis has career-focused programs that help working adults get the degrees they need to succeed.

Where are all the jobs?

The Southern US is expecting the biggest year-over-year hiring increase. 36 percent of employers in both the South and West expect to increase their full-time staff in 2015. In the South, that’s a 14 percent increase over the prior year, the biggest jump across the nation.

And the rest of the country will fare pretty well, too. The good news for people looking for work elsewhere? The Midwest and Northeast are also predicting big increases, 35 percent in each region. Bottom line: job seekers will find opportunities from coast to coast.

This year, challenge yourself to take the next steps toward a new or advanced career that’ll change your world, and the world around you.