The job market is an ever-changing landscape. If we think back just one generation, the careers advice that are parents would have received (if they were lucky enough to get any) would have been based around a very different set of choices that we are looking forwards and towards now. We need to keep on top of these trends if we are to best advise our clients on careers with longevity. It’s not just about what careers are new or recently-emerged, or which industries are doing well at the moment. It’s also about the careers that will still exist in 50+ years’ time. The full list of these jobs would, of course, be huge. But let’s have a look at just 6 of them that are likely to feature highly over the next generation or so:
1) Social Media Manager
Social media is no longer the realm of the personal account. Businesses are now harnessing technology to identify and target potential customers and gain opinions and feedback. According to LinkedIn there has been a massive 1,357 percent increase in social media positions advertised on their site since 2010. And the need for businesses to use social media isn’t a trend that is going to end anytime soon.
2) Genetic Counsellor
Genetic advancements are happening at such a rapid rate that it is predicted there will be a growing need for those who wish to combine a love for science with a desire to educate and support people. As genetics continues to be fine-tuned, doctors will be able to run tests to predict all manner of markers and conditions and medically trained counsellors will have the job of helping families make informed decisions about the future of their children.
3) Cyber Security Specialist
As more and more of our daily lives are lived online, cyber security will necessarily be a growing industry. Knowledgeable professionals who can protect websites, expose hackers and safeguard security will be a hot commodity in the coming years. Jobs in industry, the government and the military are all possibilities here as experts put their skills to good use in order to protect services and information from unauthorised access.
4) Immigration Specialist
As immigration rates increase, and as industry becomes more and more globalised, there is a growing demand in all sectors for immigration specialists. Businesses are keen to figure out how to market to this new population and best use their skills. And in the public sector hospitals, the criminal justice system, government agencies, and non-profit advocacy organisations need bilingual staff and cultural experts to serve this new population.
With an aging population and a steadily increasing retirement age, ergonomists (sometimes known as ‘human factor specialists’) will be in increasing demand. It is their job, after all, to create products and procedures which are designed to lessen strain and injury and make the workplace less physically demanding. Through applied scientific knowledge, they exist to ensure that equipment and machinery is designed with users in mind.
6) Organic Food Producer
Organic food currently occupies about 10 percent of the food and beverage market – and this number is only going to grow. When the scales do finally tip in organic food’s favour (an event that may well sometime within the next twenty years) more farmers, producers, and scientists will be needed than ever before to improve organic farming techniques and just simply grow the food that the population is demanding.