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New year, new job? Hiring trends for 2012

Set your sights on exciting prospects in 2012. The job market holds promise, but knowing where to look is key. Photo by Petr Kratochvil.

AVENTURE — The year ahead is full of possibilities for job-seekers, if you know where to focus.

Sure, hiring general isn’t expected to grow much in 2012, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 200,000 new nonfarm jobs were created in December, exceeding economists’ forecasts in what’s been considered a cautiously-optimistic report.

Higher consumer spending, improved business confidence and a stock market rally have somewhat eased concerns about further shocks from Europe’s financial turmoil, reported USA Today.

Yet there are nearly 3 million job openings going unfilled. Why? Reports cite a mismatch between needed qualifications and skills.

That means plenty of skills are in hot demand. Knowing the current trends can help guide your job search and skills development.

10 hot jobs for 2012:

1. Information technology.

2. Health care professionals.

3. Health care management and support staff.

4. Engineers.

5. Industrial skills.

6. Life sciences and biotech.

7. Salespeople.

8. Accounting and finance.

9. Discount retailers.

10. Private equity firms.

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