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Computer engineer: The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported on jobs most in demand in the state for March, and while healthcare took nearly all the top spots, information technology jobs quickly followed--with high ranking for computer programmers, computer systems analysts, and computer engineers in both computer hardware and software. Software engineer ranked high for job openings on LinkUp in March, as well, and the occupation is projected to be among the fastest growing jobs through 2016, according to the Labor Department. The job has opportunities for people with a bachelor's degree in a related field, and some work experience.
Registered nurse: While the once seemingly recessionproof healthcare industry has witnessed a hiring slowdown in the first quarter this year, nursing is still one of the most promising occupations for employment. There were nearly 2.5 million nurses employed in 2007 and the Labor Department ranks nursing among the top five occupations with the most openings projected through 2016. It's also the top job opening on LinkUp. Not only are many nurses reaching retirement age, the aging of the baby boom generation promises to beef up business for the nation's healthcare providers. An associate's degree is sufficient for many nursing positions, although a bachelor's of nursing or master's in nursing will provide greater opportunity.
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