No matter how many technological advances we make, businesses will still have to physically distribute and deliver their products. Which is probably why the number of truck driver jobs is expected to increase by more than 20% over the next seven years.
There’s nothing too fancy about this, as truck drivers deliver goods from one place to the other. Most truck drivers will have to load and unload cargo, employ best practices for keeping the cargo safe during transport, and keep appropriate documention of all the goods. Truck drivers are also responsible for a certain degree of vehicle maintenance, and must earn a commercial driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.
Projected increase in jobs by 2020: 20%
Median annual salary: $44,778
Projected 2020 salary: $55,072
There’s no substitute for quality work, which is why many people have no problem paying top dollar for good carpenters.
Carpenters inspect, repair, install, modify, rebuild, construct, and maintain woodwork and other related structures. Carpenters are exposed to restricted movement, dirty environments, extreme temperatures and intense noise. Lifting and carrying heavy objects is also required. They construct, repairs, restore and install structures such as floors, doors, walls, windows, stairways, furniture, cabinets, shelves, and roofs.
Although a 4-year degree is not required, many experienced carpenters attend a technical school and engage in an apprenticeship at some point.
5. Office Clerk
GENERAL OFFICE CLERK
Projected increase in jobs by 2020: 17%
Median annual salary: $31,476
Projected 2020 salary: $38,711
Just like some of Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs,” the duties of an office clerk are tedious and unappreciated — but also incredibly necessary.
The exact scope of responsibilities will vary largely depending on the organization in question, but in general an office clerk performs the tasks that keep the office running on a daily basis. Things like data entry, sorting and answering emails, answering phones and operating office machinery. Clerks work in a variety of fields, such as education, government, medicine and law.
You only need a high school diploma at most businesses to work in this capacity.
6. Sales Representative
Projected increase in jobs by 2020: 16%
Median annual salary: $75,666
Projected 2020 salary: $93,059
The ability to connect with people and sell them successfully usually isn’t something you can learn at college. It’s something you’re born with and hone with lots of real-world practice.
Obviously the exact duties of a sales representative will depend on the industry in which they work, but salespeople must stay positive, energetic and friendly all while being aggressive enough to close the deal. Workers in sales are judged almost exclusively on results, making it a high-risk, high-reward profession that often values street smarts and people skills over knowledge gained in the classroom.
Projected increase in jobs by 2020: 14%
Median annual salary: $39,022
Projected 2020 salary: $47,992
It’s ironic that handling a company’s books doesn’t necessarily require post-secondary book learning.
Simply put, a bookkeeper handles the company’s financial records. A bookkeeper’s job description is likely to include recording financial transactions, managing accounts payable and receivable, reconciling bank statements, updating the trial balance, profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet, managing payroll, invoicing clients, making federal and state tax deposits, and completing annual tax forms, just to name a few.
Bookkeepers at smaller businesses might have a greater scope of responsibility than specialists at large corporations, and this job might call for an associate’s degree in some cases.
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