Brighter future expected for class of 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – As students in the class of 2018 begin their college careers, some experts¬†predict they’ll graduate into their professional careers in a better position than their peers now.

While the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.2% last month, the jobless rate for young people 20-24 years old was at 11.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The non-profit group “Generation Opportunity” said, in the last six years, the U.S. has had the highest sustained unemployment since World War Two.

But the jobless rate for young people is going down. It’s already down from 12.5% in July, 2012 and government figures project the job market will continue to improve.

MarketWatch reported in May that an additional 200 million jobs are expected to be created globally by 2018.

According to The College Board, here are what government economists say some of the hottest careers will be:

For occupations with an associate’s degree or post-secondary vocational award: Registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses, and computer support specialists.

For occupations with a bachelor’s degree: Elementary school teachers, except special education, accountants and auditors, and secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education.

For occupations with a for a graduate’s degree: post-secondary teachers, doctors and surgeons, lawyers, clergy, and pharmacists.

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