Usually, I focus on topics that improve a small business owner’s life. Today, I want to talk to former owners and entrepreneurs. In 2020, COVID wrecked your biz; 2021 is a time to reorganize and redirect yourself. To assist you, I searched for and came across an article from LinkedIn forecasting the Top 15 jobs for 2021.

It is not a short article. You should invest the time to read it.

LinkedIn’s data scientists poured over millions of its job postings. They data-crunched the numbers and identified 15 job categories that will offer excellent employment opportunities for people looking for work in 2021.

These were found to be the fastest-growing job areas over the past year. LinkedIn is ranking them based on a combination of growth in demand and the raw number of jobs available.

Top 7 of the Top 15 Hot Jobs for 2021

  1. Fulfillment: driver, supply chain associate, package handler, and personal shopper. The salary for these hands-on jobs ranges between $42,000 and $56,000 per year.
  2. Loans & Mortgages: underwriter, mortgage loan officer, escrow officer, and loan closer. The salary for these jobs ranges between $43,700 and $60,000 per year.
  3. Healthcare: healthcare assistant, pharmacy technician, dental assistant, and home health aide. The salary for these jobs ranges between $65,300 and $106,000 per year.
  4. Business Development & Sales: sales consultant, sales operations assistant, inbound sales specialist, and strategic advisor. The salary for these jobs ranges between $43,300 and $105,000 per year.
  5. Workplace Diversity: diversity manager, diversity officer, head of diversity, and diversity coordinator. The salary for these jobs ranges between $72,900 and $97,000 per year.
  6. Digital Marketing: digital marketing specialist, social media manager, marketing representative, and search engine optimization specialist. The salary for these jobs ranges between $48,000 and $96,000 per year.
  7. Nursing: registered nurse, certified nursing assistant, nurse practitioner, and intensive care nurse. The salary for these jobs ranges between $73,000 and $111,000 per year.

Check out the article for the full list.

Some of these you may be qualified for, others you will need to go over your resume to pull out transferable skills. And for a few, you may need additional schooling or training. 

Typically it’s at this point in an article that I would drop in the national unemployment figures to say something uplifting like “you aren’t alone, go get ‘em, tiger.” But COVID has shoved way too many people into the unemployment line. Running the number is too depressing. 

Instead, let me leave you with a motivational quote:

“Don’t be defined by your past; your past is the tutor of your present and is always preparing you for a new experience. Forget about disappointment or any past mistakes that are keeping you from moving forward. It’s never too late for a new beginning.” – Kemmy Nola