Personally, I like putting my trust in the right places: my mom, good friends, a rock-solid husband. And I also love data. Lots and lots of it. Gimme some numbers, statistics, facts or figures and I’m a happy girl. (Granted, you need to check and double check the sources…but, that said, numbers are a good thing.)

That is why I bring you today…a look at where the job growth is happening. We all know about the medical/healthcare field. And education is always in need. But where else can you look that uses your special skills you’re gaining in college?

Looking for work or a major? Try business, because the demand in the office services industry is expected to nearly double. Love to travel? Consider the tourism industry, which is expected to grow quickly in future years because people will be taking more holidays and days off. Good with computers? How about working for Google or a related search engine? Their growth is outstanding, and with people’s addictions to iDevices and the like, online work is going to hit record levels.

So if you’re looking at information technology, consider specializing. Find classes that will teach you what Google, Yahoo! and the like need. Go to their web sites, study their job listings and write down everything that stand out as “skills” you will need for those jobs. Get busy with your online course guide to find what you’ll need to do to make the job happen. Then, get studying.

Yes, an easy formula to write here. But I’m confident that the information I’m reading, some information from a career expert plus your own research will get you to the job you want.

First, the research: I talked to the folks at IBISWorld and Marcus & Millichap, requesting their latest job-related reports. A lot of this you can find for free on their web sites if you’re interested. (Always check the press releases or media areas; much of what reporters use in their stories can be found there.)

IBISWorld is a market research analysis company that does reports and publications all about the leading job industries. It recommends office services, tourism and search engine companies as its top hiring areas along with some others. I picked these industries because they’re supposed to rebound in 2011, and many of you will be graduating soon…so you’ll need good news sooner than later. And the trend should continue in the next two years, so those looking to pick a major also will be in good shape.

Marcus & Millichap is a Michigan-based company that deals with real estate, particularly in the commercial sector. It has the pulse of who is adding office space and who is downsizing. Those looking to add employees need more space; thus, M&M is great at predicting where the growth will be.

I like this part of its latest jobs report: “The education and health services sector, though, has grown steadily throughout the recession. Ongoing expansion of medical practices and the healthcare needs of an aging population spawned 369,000 jobs through the first 11 months, with continuing expansion highly likely.”

Not sure where you want to be after school? Here are some parting words from Alexander Hiam, author of more than 20 books on business, most recently Business Innovation for Dummies. A lecturer at the business school at UMassAmherst, he has consulted with many Fortune 500 firms and large U.S. government agencies (including the U.S. Coast Guard’s Leadership and Management School, the U.S. Senate, and the City of New York) on marketing, leadership and innovation.

So if you want a job in the arts? “(She) should roll up her sleeves and volunteer to help promote exhibits at the nearest art museum, for example. It’s amazing how much you can bring to and get out of a few hours of volunteering when you seek stretch opportunities for yourself. And often it takes a number of part-time and short-term extra-work activities to forge that new career you will find more interesting,” he said.

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