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Jose Fernandez

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported on hot jobs of the future. The article noted that several careers in science and technology are predicted to have the largest job growth over the period 2008 - 2018, including:

Biomedical Engineers 72% growth
Medical Scientists 40% growth
Biochemists and Biophysicists 37% growth

Science-related careers include:

Network Systems and Communications Analyst 53% growth
Physician Assistants 39% growth
Veterinarians 33% growth
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, published the predictions in the latest edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which reports career trends and predictions biannually. Though the Handbook has accurately predicted fast growing jobs in the past, it is important to note that the report does not take into account unpredictable events, like the 2007-2008 recession, which leads to errors. For example, the article noted that in 2000 the Handbook predicted computer programming as a fast growing field. That prediction was made just before the dot-com collapse.

Resources like the Occupational Outlook Handbook could help young students decide which fields to study when entering college. However, it is important to explore several information sources -- including career counselors, industry experts, and local job market data -- and to do some self-examination to assess your own interests. Local data can be found at ACT's College 2009 Readiness Report, which lists, state by state, the career interests of prospective students.

José Fernández
Tweeting @jose_fernandez

Today, Science Careers launches a new beta of our Facebook application, which allows science (and Science) fans to give the gift of science -- for free! If you're not familiar with Facebook gifts, they're little virtual objects -- like 'Viva la Evolucion!', an animated picture of a monkey evolving to a modern man; and 'Positive reaction' featuring a bubbling beaker. Kind of like those little Valentine candy hearts, but with science and, well, without the sweetness. Or the hearts.

The best thing about these gifts is that they come from Science Careers. The next best thing is that they're kind of cute. After that, the next best thing is that they're free.  The only bad thing is that you have to be a member of Facebook to send or receive them, which is inevitable since Facebook is the only place they really exist.

Science Careers has been active in social media at least since 2007, when I dedicated my personal profile on Facebook to Science Careers. Since then we've grown our presence in social media, building a Facebook fan page with some 6,100 fans and a Twitter feed with more than 600 followers. Science Careers editor Jim Austin has just set up a new Twitter feed, @SciCareerEditor, offering his followers a sort of mini editorial page focused on careers in science, with commentary and information on scientific careers in 140 characters or less. It's just a day old, and he desperately needs followers!

Oh, and please try out our new Facebook gift application. Send Science Careers gifts to your friends and colleagues. And let us know what you think.