U.S. News University Directory Examines 3 Key Job-Growth Industries Outlined in President Obama’s State of the Union 2011 Address

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Promoting private sector job growth and restoring American competitiveness were at the centerpiece of President Obama’s State of the Union 2011 Address. U.S. News University Directory is taking a look at three key job-growth industries that Obama outlined in it.

U.S. News University Directory (http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com) is taking a look at three key job-growth industries outlined in President Obama’s State of the Union 2011 Address. Promoting private sector job growth and restoring American competitiveness were at the centerpiece of the address on Jan. 25. Mentioning jobs thirty times throughout, Obama made an insistent plea for the country to continue to invest in the future through education in order to rebuild the still-faltering economy. “We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” he said.

The president emphasized that education is key to America’s ability to compete globally. “In the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school education,” he said. “To compete, higher education must be within the reach of every American.”

Noting that America has lost its competitive edge in science and technology, Obama said that the country must boost investments in these areas in order to be a leader in the global economy. “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” he said, alluding to America’s investment in research and education prompted by concerns after the launch of the Soviet space satellite. The president called for a level of research and development that the country hasn’t seen since the height of the Space Race. “I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology —an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.”

The three industries that Obama will focus on investing in—biomedical research, information technology, and clean energy technology— are all fields that will continue to have a significant job growth over the next decade. However, all of these careers require higher education and proper training.


Earning a biomedical science degree prepares students for work in biomedical engineering jobs, including biomedical research. Studying the biomedical sciences covers many different fields including anatomy, biochemistry, clinical and medicinal chemistry, cytology, microbiology, molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and more.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job growth for this industry is expected to be about 14% though 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Employment prospects are even better for medical and biomedical scientists, which will increase by 40% during the same period*. This means exceptionally good job prospects are available to students who have the ability and determination to earn an advanced degree in this area.


An ever-increasing reliance on online services will spur growth in information technology jobs. Those interested in information technology jobs should earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology with a specialization such as business systems or network administration. Those interested in executive-level positions should pursue a Master of Information Technology (MIT) degree with the appropriate concentration.

There are many distinct careers that fall under the umbrella of information technology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost all of them are expected to grow significantly in the next decade: computer scientists by 37%, network administrators by 18%, and software engineers by 38%, just to name a few*.


With the government focusing and investing in clean, renewable energy, academia is not far behind. Anticipating increased demand for sustainable leadership in clean energy technology, colleges and universities across the nation are beginning to offer degree programs in the field.

The University of Vermont, which has earned a national reputation for the strength of its faculty and offerings in sustainability and environmental sciences, has announced that it will make their cutting-edge sustainability programs available to a national and international audience by offering certificate programs online starting in July 2011. These programs provide in-demand skills for a growing career field that’s reshaping businesses in the transition to a sustainable world.

“The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn’t discourage us. It should challenge us,” the president said. In order to stay competitive in a struggling job market and global economy, it is more important than ever for Americans to earn a college degree.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an approximate 14% unemployment rate among those without high school diplomas; approximately 10% among those without college degrees; approximately 8% among those with associate’s degrees, or some college; and just 4.1% among those with bachelor’s degrees or higher*. And if that’s not enough to motivation to earn a degree, consider this: the average weekly earnings of a bachelor degree holder are nearly double that of a non-degree holder. Salaries tend to escalate with degree attainment, but simply attaining one can make a difference, even at the two-year level.

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