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What are the future job trends?

The best way to determine the most promising jobs for the next decade? Follow the trends. Global competition and blurred country borders means more work for marketers, analysts and management consultants. An aging population means a greater demand for healthcare and aged care. The online world – commercial and content – means more jobs for the technologically-savvy.

Labor Department data for the United States highlights seven key areas where future jobs will be:

  • Health care; an aging population will put healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, home health aids, and pharmacists in more demand. The same data indicates 4 million jobs will be added to this sector by 2018.
    Information Technology; think of all the technology we didn’t have just a few decades ago, a decade ago, a few years ago. Computers, the internet, and smartphones have changed the way we do business and communicate. And they will continue to do so. As more technology is developed, IT professionals such as programmers, security specialists, and administrators will continue to be in high demand.
  • Alternative energy; don’t say good-bye to oil and gas quite yet, but alternative energies such as wind power, hydrogen power, geothermal power, and solar power will create dozens of new careers, from mechanics and plant managers to scientists, engineers, and even sales and marketing professionals, as these energies become more mainstream.
  • International law; as the emphasis on global business and trade grows, organisations will be looking for individuals who will have the education, experience, and skill set to navigate areas like international law, tax codes, work and environmental regulations, and even ethics.
  • Content creation; as marketing becomes education-based and less sales-based, demand for business writers who specialise in blogs, newsletters, website articles, whitepapers, and special reports will also increase.
  • Marketing; increased competition and the desire for companies to find new ways of differentiating their products and services will ensure that marketing professionals are kept in high demand. However, because trends and strategies change over time, those who can demonstrate they are keeping up with strategy will be better positioned.
  • Financial analyst; unsettled economic times have demonstrated a need for sound financial advice and planning, for both individuals and businesses.

Not surprisingly – and aligned to the above – the best paying and fastest growing jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Employment Matrix are:

  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Registered Nurses
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Management Analysts
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Computer Applications Software Engineer

Australia appears to be following the trend with healthcare and technology anticipated to produce the greatest number of future jobs.

Based on projections from the Federal Government’s Future Focus report, Australia will have between 5.6 million and 6.4 million job openings in Australia in the years to 2025. Jobs creation will be a reflection of Australia’s projected increase in population and the impact of the aging population on healthcare and changing technologies.

Nursing in particular, is expected to become the fastest growing occupation by 2050.

According to the Federal Employment Department, the top three growth industries by 2025 will be:

1. Health care and social assistance – projected to increase by up to 798,000 jobs
2. Professional, scientific and technical services – projected to increase by up to 583,000 jobs
3. Education and training – projected to increase by up to 503,700 jobs

The top tertiary qualified jobs by 2025 will be:

1. Registered nurses
2. Advertising and sales managers
3. Software and applications programmers
4. Accountants
5. CEO and Managing Directors
6. Secondary school teachers
7. Primary school teachers
8. Private tutors and teachers
9. Contract program and project administrators
10. General managers

The top vocational and trade jobs will be:

1. Aged and Disabled Carers
2. Child Carers
3. Electricians
4. Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers
5. Construction Managers
6. Real Estate Sales Agents
7. Welfare Support Workers
8. Metal Fitters & Machinists
9. Plumbers
10. Education Aides


2013 Future Focus report, Australian Federal Government – 7 Careers for the Future