Millions in America remain unemployed, but one of the biggest risks facing many employers today is a dearth of skills in the workplace. That's because rapid changes in the business world have triggered extraordinary and immediate needs for experienced workers, particularly in the technology, health care, life sciences and financial fields.
"The market is so desperate now for people who can hit the ground running on a job," says Roy Cohen, author of "The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide."
The eight jobs featured here are among the hottest this year, and many are expected to grow for years, experts tell Bankrate. All average salaries are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Be aware: Career management experts say change will remain constant in the jobs market, so it's critical to take advantage of training and development to increase your skills and keep pace with your profession. That's the best defense against losing your job.