According to the latest figures, released Jan. 2015, from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation ended the year with 252,000 jobs added in December 2014; this is the best growth since 1999.

Professional and business service jobs such as accountants, consultants and architects accounted for 52,000 added positions, with an average of 61,000 jobs added per month for 2014. In December 2014, computer systems design and related services saw an increase of 9,000 jobs.

Another area of particular note is health care, which added 34,000 jobs in December. Overall employment growth for the year averaged 26,000 per month in 2014 and 17,000 per month in 2013.

When it comes to unemployment, Dallas is fairing very well in Texas and showing strong growth in comparison to the rest of the country. 

Unemployment rates have steadily improved with 5.0% in Sept. 2014, 4.8% in Oct. 2014, and 4.6% in Nov. 2014. A year ago (Nov. 2013), the unemployment rate for the Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington region was at 5.7%.

Those that are in the best position to take advantage of the job growth are those with the education to add to their experience. Vijay Shankar Venkatachalam, Technical Account Manager at AppDynamics helps customers utilize application intelligence software to monitor, manage, and optimize complex software environments to meet their business needs. “The technology market is very competitive and every employer looks for the one thing to set you apart. Having a master’s will help you to advance your career in the right direction by enhancing your skills and employability,” said Venkatachalam.

Sobha Fuller, is the director of nursing for pediatric and adolescent medicine at Parkland Health & Hospital System. “As a nurse executive, I saw the importance of enhancing my leadership competencies to ensure my staff can meet strategic goals. It was essential to expand my business acumen as well as demonstrating proficiency in quality improvement, patient safety, and change facilitation skills. Now, I have found myself leading at the speed of change and I am thankful every day that I chose to pursue a master’s degree,” said Fuller.

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com