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Jobs in Demand for 2014

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4. Retail

It's not exactly shop 'til you drop, but most experts predict that the rising population will translate to a greater demand for workers in the retail trade. Manpower, for instance, says that 19 percent of retail employers plan to add jobs in the first quarter of the new year.

Jobs to explore in the sector include cashier, customer service representative, package preparer, e-commerce analyst, direct salesperson, retail salesperson, sales representative and product demonstrator.

5. Professional and business services

Jobs in this sector are forecast to grow by nearly 20 percent — roughly 3.5 million new jobs between 2012 and 2022. In some subcategories, the growth will likely be even bigger: Employment in computer and mathematical occupations, for example, is expected to rise 18 percent, spurred by growing calls for network and mobile technologies.

In this field, you'll need to cast a wide net. Seek out openings at small businesses and big corporations. Sixteen percent of employers in this sector plan to expand hiring in the first few months of 2014, according to Manpower.

There's a variety of positions that keep the wheels of business greased, and, as more seniors go the entrepreneur route, there's a growing need for expert advice and services for start-ups, especially on a contract and part-time basis, according to Elizabeth Isele, cofounder of the nonprofit Senior Entrepreneurship Works.

Jobs to explore in this sector include grant/proposal writer, green-business consultant; human resource specialist; information security analyst; database administrator; management consultant; market research; meeting, convention and event planner; translator/interpreter. Spanish is the most in-demand language, but other languages are increasingly needed, such as Arabic. Specializing in translating in a particular field such as the judicial system or health care and knowing its special terminology will increase your job opportunities.

Editor's note:  The figure for health care jobs was incorrectly stated as 15.6 million. The correct figure is 5 million.

Kerry Hannon, AARP jobs expert, is a career transition expert and an award-winning author. Her latest book is Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … and Pays the Bills.

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