Jobs for Veterans: A Year In Review and Prospects for 2012

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by Gordon Gates, HireVeterans.com

 

2011 was a tough year for Veterans who searched for employment. We’ve dealt with high unemployment, stagnant home prices and a global financial crisis. But we’ve also started to see the beginnings of growth.  In fact, there are reasons to be hopeful as we enter 2012.

As reported by Indeed.com employment is growing, particularly in the private sector, which has added jobs for 22 straight months and grew faster in 2011 than in 2010. There are plenty of reasons for job seekers to be optimistic, irrespective of the sector they work in.

Indeed’s own data indicate that, in December, there were 50% more jobs advertised than a year prior.

Industry Employment Trends show that healthcare is not only the biggest employer but also the fastest growing, up 52% in the last 12 months. Rising demand for preventative care and an aging baby boomer population will continue to create opportunities for health services professionals. Education and transportation were the runners-up, with 48% and 39% growth, respectively, in the last year.

Our Top 10 Job Trends were dominated by information technology specializations, including mobile technologies. Another growth area is the energy sector, which saw a sharp rebound in the number of jobs.

We expect job growth will continue in 2012, albeit at a modest pace. We expect traffic to our site at HireVeterans.com will continue to grow.

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