What are the Best Jobs for the Future?
Doing some research to uncover the best jobs for the future is a really important aspect of your search for a job.
As a first step, it is a good plan to look for the industries which are growing at the moment and which are predicted to have continued growth as far as possible into the future. Of course, no one can guarantee that an industry will continue to thrive, especially in the tough economic times we are experiencing at the moment.
[adsenseyu1] But although we live in an uncertain world, there are some things which are certain – people will continue to have babies, people – both adults and children will go to school or college and people will die. And of course,most people will pay taxes for a large chunk of their lives.
So although we can’t be certain of anything on an individual level, we know that in general these activities will continue. So any jobs within related fields will be likely to continue.
Now, I know that the idea of becoming a funeral director or a tax accountant probably doesn’t appeal to you, and you may not have the money to train to be a doctor or nurse, but don’t worry. If you dig a little deeper you will find plenty of jobs associated to the main trends we’ve just looked at.
Large companies in any industry and hospitals, schools and colleges employ workers in many different capacities and so if you work in admin, maintenance, catering or any of the other peripheral activities associated with a large enterprise you can still focus your search on growth areas.
So let’s take a closer look at some of the areas where growth is taking place right now.
Specific Fields offering the Best Jobs for the Future
As technology is moving forward at such a fast pace, it is a pretty safe bet that jobs which involve a lot of technology will continue to grow. But you have to remember that it’s important to keep up to date. When I was a t college, I remember so many people saying that once they finished their degree, they were never going to study again. Might have worked then, but not now!
So you do need to enjoy technology as you will need to constantly brush up on your skills to include the latest gadgets, software programs and systems within your area of expertise. These days, it is crucial that you are prepared to continue learning.
Think about all of the technologies which we use automatically every day but which didn’t even exist 5, 10 or 20 years ago. And look at how computers, phones and other machines we take for granted are getting not only increasingly sophisticated, but also smaller and cheaper.
In fact, more people in the world now use mobile devices than use computers. Many who live in third world countries don’t have access to computers or laptops, but do have their own mobile phones.
And then there is social media – thousands and thousands of people use sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter on a daily basis. For many, it has become an essential part of their lives and this trend has lead to businesses targeting social media users in their marketing.
Health Care and Related Industries
Health care is big business and growing rapidly because so many people are living longer. You don’t need to be a doctor or nurse, although if you have the funds, the time and entry qualifications, these are definitely professions to be considered. Like just about everything, they are changing fast and once your initial training is over you have to be prepared to continue learning.
What if you are interested in health, but don’t have the means or inclination to study medicine or nursing?
There are plenty of other options available to you. Think about the fact that people are living longer and then consider what that means, both for individuals and society in general. It means that people need to stay fit, keep active into old age. So there is plenty of scope for exercise classes or clubs aimed at older people, alternative treatments for ailments which tend to affect the older generation and long term care for those unable to look after themselves.
Helping People Set up a Business or Find a Job
But career opportunities related to the ageing population aren’t limited to the area of health . Pensions have been hit hard recently and if you are going to live for 30 or more years after you retire (or had hoped to retire) you are going to have to have some sort of income. This means that teaching people how to set up their own businesses, get established as a writer (if you are familiar with publishing on Amazon). The internet has made it possible for people from all walks of life to create a business.
And for those older people who do have plenty of money, many are fitter and healthier than in previous generations and they are looking for interesting and different ways to spend their money
They may have the opportunity to travel for the first time in their lives and are looking for trips which will meet their requirements.
At the other end of the scale, young people are having a hard time finding work. I had a hospital appointment last week, which co-incided with the public sector strike here in the UK. I was chatting about the situation to the young woman who took my blood. She said that she could only work part time because older workers were hanging on to the full time jobs. They didn’t want to, but fears about their pensions meant they had to.
If you can provide training or advice to help young people get a job or teach skills which are in demand, you could carve out a niche for yourself. And then young people with kids need affordable childcare and after school activities for their children.
For many people, the solution to the jobs crisis will be self employment. So if you have the talents and skills to help them get started, you could do really well as a consultant.
These are just some of the areas in which jobs and business opportunities are available to you now and which should last well into the future. I will be going into more detail on these in future posts. So stay tuned and if you have any other areas you’d like me to cover, let me know. Just leave a comment or send a message via the contact us page.