With the new year fast approaching and unemployment rates down to 7.7% from 7.9%, many individuals may be looking for jobs in fast-paced, high-growth industries that will be sustainable for the long run. By looking at high-demand jobs, individuals may have a better chance of sustaining their jobs throughout their careers, as well as growing their careers. Many of the jobs in fast-paced, sustainable industries are in sectors such as engineering and technology; there are other jobs that will provide individuals with great careers, too. The top five promising jobs in industries with long-term growth for 2013 are listed below.

Software Developers
In the first spot is software developers. These individuals are responsible for developing computer applications. This profession is in extremely high demand.Post-recession, there has been a 7%increase in the number of available software occupations. Between 2010 and 2020, there is an expected growth of 30% in this profession, which makes it one of the highest-growth professions. Software engineers require a bachelor's degree in computer science and the average pay is around $93,500 per year.

The second spot on the list for best jobs to hold in 2013 is held by accountants and auditors. People in these positions ensure taxes are paid for individuals and corporations. Auditors also prepare financial statements and ensure they are credible for publicly traded companies. This job is in such great demand because of the constant need for companies to file audited financial statements along with the desire for companies to know that what they are doing is legal and ethical. There has been a 3% increase in the number of jobs since 2010, and it is projected that by 2020 there will be an increase of by 16%. Most accountant positions require a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field and earn about $61,700 a year.

Marketing Research Analyst or Specialist
The third-best job to hold is marketing research analyst or specialist. There has been approximately a 10% increase in jobs in this field since 2010. Marketing analysts typically make about $60,500 a year and this profession is expected to grow by 41% by 2020. There is a need for strong analytical skills and a business undergraduate degree to thrive in this position.

Computer Systems Analysts
Number four on the list is a study of companies' computer systems that then make suggestions to how the computer programs are working. There is projected to be a 22% rise in jobs by 2020, which is among the fastest growth rates of all occupations. Computer systems analysts earn around $77,000 per year.

Human Resources
Human resource personnel are required to interview and place employees within the company and deal with payroll, training and benefits. This occupation is expected to grow by 21% by the year of 2020 and compensates its employees $53,000 per year. Many jobs with this title require some post-secondary education, but not all require a bachelor's degree.

The Bottom Line
With technology and engineering roles making up most of the top positions on the list of best jobs to hold for 2013, there is no doubt that jobs such as human resources positions and accountants will ensure great lifelong careers. Many of the careers on this top five list not only compensate their employees well but ensure future growth. The best jobs by far are jobs that are projected to have high growth in the next eight to ten years. People looking for jobs should look more long term so that they can avoid potential layoffs in industries that perhaps don't have the growth needed to sustain all of their current and future employees.

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