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Bartender Kevin Patrick crafts artisanal cocktails at Quintana’s Barber Shop and Speakeasy in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2017. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

If you’re on the hunt for a new job, 2018 could be your year.

The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in December, stretching its growth streak to 87 months. That’s more than 7 years!

And even though brick-and-mortar retailers continued to shed jobs last year — more than 200,000 between December 2016 and last month — several industries with promise for those of us without a bachelor’s degree showed major growth.

Outpatient Care Centers

This industry added 46,200 jobs between December 2016 and December 2017, for a growth rate topping 5 percent. Compare that to the 1.6% jump in total private employment last year, and you’ve got yourself a sector that’s on fire.

The best part: Many jobs in this industry only require an associate’s degree. Score!

Residential Building

It’s no secret the construction industry is hot right now. In my hometown of Sarasota, Florida, I’ve watched developers buy up orange groves and pastures quicker than a cow can pass grass through its system.

Last year, the residential construction industry added more than 27,000 jobs for a 3.6% jump in overall employment. We’ve made it very clear that jobs in this sector are high-paying, in demand and fulfilling.

The construction industry as a whole employed 210,000 more people in 2017 than the previous year.

Food and Beverage Service

Restaurants and bars added 248,600 new jobs in 2017, according to the latest jobs report. In a previous Penny Hoarder analysis, we found that bartending jobs are not only in demand, they also have rising pay.

Speaking of pay, the leisure and hospitality industry as a whole saw a 3.5% jump in hourly wage between 2016 and last year, barely below the finance sector, which had the largest annual pay bump.

As always, make sure to check out The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook for tons of new opportunities in 2018. This is your year for success.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.


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