8 hot jobs to snag in 2012
8 hot jobs to snag in 2012

Job: Pharmacy technician.
Average annual salary: $29,330.

Drugstores and medical laboratories can’t find enough pharmacy technicians. These workers help licensed pharmacists count tablets and label bottles for prescriptions as well as prepare insurance claim forms and handle customer service and administrative duties.

There’s no standard training, so typically all you need for this job is a high school diploma and completion of three months to 12 months of on-the-job training. Last year, more than 100,000 of these technicians were added to the U.S. labor market, and demand is expected to continue, career-management author Martin Yate says.

Indeed, another 30 percent more pharmacy technician jobs are expected by 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.