With the job market at the forefront of any economy-related discussion, it's hard to imagine that things could be great for new grads. For those who have graduated in winter and are ready to be hired in early 2012, the outlook seems especially bleak. There are, however, companies that are not only doing well, but are also expanding their workforces now and into the next year. Here are some of the industries (many of which include top 500 brands) that will be scouting out the best recruits.

TUTORIAL: Financial Careers

As boomers get into old age and require even more specialized care, the demand for qualified and energetic care providers will continue to rise. As a result, January will mark the beginning of another year of increase for the healthcare job market. Positions like licensed social workers and medical assistants will be popular on job boards, and many of the largest companies will lead the hiring trend. New kinds of jobs like telemedicine design will be popping up as well. Manufacturing and marketing company GlobalMed says it is expanding now and will continue to after the end of the year. Grads don't have to go for a four or eight-year degree to experience the open arms of HR managers in the healthcare field; nursing assistants and other positions that require only a certificate, license or two-year trade degree can also enjoy the extra work. (For more, read 9 Businesses That Thrive In Recession.)

While it might not be prudent for new grads to wait until January to try for jobs, it's safe to assume that not all positions will be filled in the remainder of 2011. According to Careerbuilder, the finance companies who are hiring heavily now, and may also be likely to be filling positions in 2012, include Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) (which on its own has a need for over 10,000 new hires.) Positions include personal bankers, underwriters and financial advisors – all of which have been traditionally filled by new grads.

Skilled Trades
Highly-specialized trade jobs are becoming very hard to fill, and company reps have expressed concern over just how skimpy the pool of qualified applicants for these careers really is. As students with generalized bachelor's degrees wait in line for hours at career fairs, trade school graduates have their pick of jobs from industries that require welders, pipe fitters and machinists. Until more students choose trade-based education paths, the demand by employers will far outweigh the supply of trained grad students. Johnson Controls, for example, has several skilled worker positions listed on its careers page, and even offers a competitive college recruitment program to attract new talent. In general, we can expect to see many of these skilled positions being advertised until they're filled - which will likely take until next year. (For more, read How Education And Training Affect The Economy.)

The Bottom Line
As the country gears up for another presidential election in 2012, some speculate that big companies will be holding their breaths (and their efforts to hire aggressively) until well into the New Year; job boards, industry experts and common sense say otherwise. Business as usual is taking place in many of the top 500 companies in select growing industries, and that's great news for grads. (For more, read Tap Into Your Secret Job Market, Set Your Skills, Not Your Degree, and 6 Steps To Successfully Switching Financial Careers.)

Related Articles
  1. Professionals

    Credit Risk Analyst: Job Description and Average Salary

    Learn what credit risk analysts do every day and how much money they make on average, and identify the skills and education needed for this career.
  2. Savings

    Should You Look at 529 Plans Outside Your State?

    529 savings plans are not restricted by geography. So if your in-state offering has high fees or poor investment choices, look elsewhere.
  3. Economics

    The Difference Between Finance And Economics

    Finance and economics are often taught as separate subjects, but they are interrelated disciplines that influence one another in many ways.
  4. Investing

    4 Billionaires Who Dropped Out of Harvard

    People who became successful despite dropping out of Harvard University.
  5. Credit & Loans

    Student Financial Aid Changes: FAFSA 2015-2016

    Here is a look at some of the major changes to FAFSA in 2015 - 2016 and how they will affect student financial aid.
  6. Credit & Loans

    What to Do When You Can't Repay Your Student Loans

    Student loans should be kept in good standing no matter what. Here are some tips on managing your loans.
  7. Professionals

    A Day in the Life of an Investment Banker

    Take a look at a day in the life of an investment banker, one of the most sought-after and stressful jobs in the financial sector.
  8. Professionals

    Top 3 Misconceptions About Financial Analysts

    Learn misconceptions about financial analysts, such as they exclusively study the stock market, they are the same as financial advisors and they are all rich.
  9. Credit & Loans

    Student Loan Deferment: Live to Pay Another Day

    Extending your principal repayment date can increase your chances of fighting off default.
  10. Professionals

    Becoming a Real Estate Agent Or Mortgage Broker

    Considering a career as either a real estate agent or a mortgage broker? Here are some factors that might help you choose between them.
  1. What’s the difference between the two federal student loan programs (FFEL and Direct)?

    The short answer is that one loan program still exists (Federal Direct Loans) and one was ended by the Health Care and Education ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Do financial advisors have to find their own clients?

    Nearly all financial advisors, particularly when new to the field, have to find their own clients. An employer may provide ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Do financial advisors get drug tested?

    Financial advisors are not drug tested by any federal or state regulatory body. This means you may receive your Series 6, ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Is a financial advisor required to have a degree?

    Financial advisors are not required to have university degrees. However, they are required to pass certain exams administered ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Do financial advisors have to be licensed?

    Financial advisors must possess various securities licenses in order to sell investment products. The specific products an ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Do financial advisors need to meet quotas?

    Most financial advisors are required to meet quotas, particularly if they work for firms that pay base salaries or draws ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  2. Barefoot Pilgrim

    A slang term for an unsophisticated investor who loses all of his or her wealth by trading equities in the stock market. ...
  3. Quick Ratio

    The quick ratio is an indicator of a company’s short-term liquidity. The quick ratio measures a company’s ability to meet ...
  4. Black Tuesday

    October 29, 1929, when the DJIA fell 12% - one of the largest one-day drops in stock market history. More than 16 million ...
  5. Black Monday

    October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lost almost 22% in a single day. That event marked the beginning ...
  6. Monetary Policy

    Monetary policy is the actions of a central bank, currency board or other regulatory committee that determine the size and ...
Trading Center