Infographic: 10 Hot Jobs for 2011 (and How to Get One)

We're all hearing the same grim news on the U.S. jobs front: Nationwide unemployment sits stubbornly above 9 percent. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows no significant uptick in hiring. And the proportion of Americans who are either actively employed or looking for work hit a new low-water mark of 64.3 percent. The outlook looking forward, though, is more promising -- one that job seekers and hiring managers should study more closely. For starters, there are signs that hiring is turning the corner: The latest survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows that 42 percent of U.S. businesses in four major industrial sectors plan to expand payrolls over the next six months, up from just 29 percent at the same time last year.

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More surprisingly, and good news for job seekers:  Several industries continue to suffer with acute labor shortages and thousands of openings. So where are the fastest-growing jobs in an otherwise slow-growth economy? Based on the latest BLS reports and data from Elance, PayScale and other sources, we’ve profiled 10 of the best places to find a job right now, in this latest infographic. From medical records technicians to financial analysts, we identified positions spiking now -- and with bright long-term prospects -- using BLS hiring projections through 2018.

And we don’t just show where the hot jobs are, but how to actually land one. We've outlined the specific training requirements needed to break into one of these hot markets, whether you’re an entry-level college grad or a recession-weary creative-class type looking to make a career leap – and one that is likely to stick. Hey, it's all part of Mindflash's mission to help businesses ensure that their employees are getting the training they need to succeed. Happy hunting.

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