Where Will The Jobs Be?

CareerBuilder posted an article on job sectors for the future.  Though the article covered both shrinking and growing job sectors.  Let’s focus on projected areas for growth…

Here are three major areas of change:

Digital and Physical Publishing
Some occupations that focus on entering data and producing it are seeing quick decline, while opportunities abound in alternative occupations that embrace web and other tech skills, and are in more lucrative industries that also need communication materials.

Occupations that are projected to quickly grow 2011 – 2020:

  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists (34 percent)
  • Web Developers (30 percent)
  • Archivists (20 percent)
  • Technical Writers (18 percent)
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers (17 percent)
  • Media and Communication Workers, All Other (15 percent)
  • Library Assistants, Clerical (14 percent)

Snail Mail and Door-to-Door Sales
Online shopping; two-day deliveries; email, text and instant messaging…how we purchase materials, have them delivered and have our own correspondences delivered is primarily dependent on private suppliers like Internet service providers, online stores and private shipping and logistics companies. Door-to-door sales workers and postal service workers are facing shrinking jobs as our needs have changed, but if you’re drawn to these occupations due to their high rate of physical activity, being a part of the community or having the opportunity to earn more, there are alternative options that can capitalize on those preferences.

Occupations that are projected to quickly grow 2011-2020:

  • Social and Human Service Assistants (26 percent)
  • Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs (22 percent)
  • Exercise Physiologists (21 percent)
  • Athletic Trainers (21 percent)
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists (20 percent)
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors (20 percent)
  • Sales and Related Workers, All Other (17 percent)
  • Sales Representatives, Services, All Other (16 percent)

Textile and Apparel Production
America’s dependence on importing more and more commercial goods that are produced overseas is unsurprisingly affecting the number of workers who are needed to fill those production roles. While there’s a major decline in the number of textile and apparel setters, operators and tenders, there are similar occupations that also require fine motor skills, attention to detail and contribute to manufacturing and production.

Occupations that are projected to quickly grow 2011-2020:

  • Bicycle Repairers (27 percent)
  • Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (27 percent)
  • Mechanical Door Repairers (27 percent)
  • Machinists (17 percent)
  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers (11 percent)
  • Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (11 percent)

Staying ahead of economic trends can ensure that you’re not left in a tight spot when the tides turn, or other economic struggles emerge. By beginning to research alternative jobs, and how you can bring your skills to those occupations, means that you’re taking charge of your career, as well as your security and wellbeing.

*All figures for occupation growth and decline come from Economic Modeling Specialists International 2015. 

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