"Technology workers were more optimistic about nearly all confidence measures this quarter, including the strength of the economy, the availability of jobs, and overall employability," Dickey said.
Working in health care requires a strong passion for helping others, patience and the ability to cope with setbacks and high emotions. Physical therapy is often a great fit for those who are outgoing, personable and work well as part of a team of health professionals.
Job opportunities are likely to be very good for licensed physical therapists, with employment projected to grow 39 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Top traits: Analytical, Honesty, Compatibility, Adaptability, Carefulness, Calmness
Personal financial advisors must be personable and trustworthy with clients, explain complicated financial portfolios in simple terms, and respond well to their customers' many questions and concerns. They also should excel at problem solving and math, as they regularly work with numbers.
Employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 32 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to BLS data.
Top traits: Compatibility, Adaptability, Initiative, Self-reliance, Responsibility
Interpreters and translators must exhibit strong attention to detail, as they are required to listen carefully and respond quickly while ensuring that they interpret or translate correctly.
Successful translators also must be personable, sensitive to cultural differences and have an ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines. While many translators and interpreters work for agencies, some are self-employed or run their own small businesses.
The job outlook is excellent for translators of foreign languages such as Spanish, German, French and Italian. Demand is also strong for speakers of Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages, as well as Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.
Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 42 percent through 2020, according to BLS data. An increasingly diverse U.S. population should continue to drive the demand for more interpreters and translators.