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Top trending jobs in 2015: 5 hottest jobs in NYC

New Yorkers are a resourceful bunch, and when it comes to making ends meet, the economy of the last few years pushed a great many of us to get creative in finding work.

Now that the economy is picking up though, (unemployment is down year over year to 6.6% according to latest data) people in some fields are well-positioned to have more options when it comes to finding work and higher salaries once they land a job.

Based on its analysis of the market and occupational survey data, the state Department of Labor identified five trending jobs that they think are likely to see higher-than-normal growth in available positions and salary in 2015.

"Statewide, we’re seeing tremendous growth in many areas, especially in the technology and health care fields,” said Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino.

Here then are the five picks, arranged from highest to lowest median wage.

Software Developers, Applications

The most lucrative job category poised for growth
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The most lucrative job category poised for growth in 2015 should surprise nobody. In a city increasingly dominated by smartphones, software and app developers are in high demand. With an annual median wage of $107,300, it's not a bad business to be in.

The Dept. of Labor characterizes the job under the umbrella description: "Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs."

Film & Video Editors

It may not be Hollywood, but New York
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It may not be Hollywood, but New York City's role as the media capital of the U.S. means that associated jobs continue to be hot.

The second-most lucrative on our list, in terms of median wage, are film and video editors, who see a median wage of $70,420 in the city. Whether it's someone editing viral videos for the Web or packages for a news broadcast, the Dept. of Labor thinks there will be a continued demand to feed the world's appetite for video.

Interpreters and Translators

For a city that hosts the United Nations
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For a city that hosts the United Nations (and 115 consulates and diplomatic missions), it's no surprise that translators and interpreters would see plenty of job opportunities in New York City.

With an annual median wage of $63,460, 2015 may be a great time to dust off the Rosetta Stone and start polishing your Romanian abilities.

Meeting, Convention & Event Planners

There's no doubt that New Yorkers like to
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There's no doubt that New Yorkers like to party. And with our appetite for social activities only growing, the state Dept. of Labor says that planners for our city's many meetings, conventions and events will be in high demand in 2015.

Event planners make an annual median wage of $59,690 in NYC, and that doesn't even include the fun of putting on a great shindig with some notable luminaries.

Childcare Workers

With an annual median salary of $26,560, childcare
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With an annual median salary of $26,560, childcare workers are likely to see increased demand this year.

These jobs don't include teaching jobs (except for special education or teaching assistants), but people in these jobs attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions and perform a variety of tasks such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play, according to the state Dept. of Labor.


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