With so much uncertainty relating to the economy and job market at present, it has never been more important to secure one of the most in-demand jobs available now. Ensure you have the skills that employers are looking for as well as being aware of the in-demand job opportunities available that your current skills and experience would qualify you for.
While the job market is changing at a rapid rate in response to developments in technology and the ways we are living our lives there are definite trends emerging and plenty of industries that are creating jobs at a rapid rate meaning there is high demand for qualified workers.
What Are The Most In-Demand Jobs and How Do You Get Them?
There are loads of in-demand careers right now and plenty of job opportunities available. Key areas of high demand include:
- Being a front-line e-commerce worker, including delivery drivers, package handlers, and even personal shoppers.
- Digital marketing professionals, including SEO specialists, content marketing experts, and social media managers.
- Loan and mortgage experts, including underwriters and loan closers.
- Health assistants, including home health care assistants, physical therapy aides, and occupational therapy assistants.
- Other health professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, mental health specialists.
- Software engineers and developers, as well as other computer science and information technology-based roles including web developers and information security analysts.
- Workplace diversity experts.
Also on the rise are jobs related to renewable energy such as wind turbine technicians and solar photovoltaic installers as well as jobs linked to climate change issues such as forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists. Forest fire inspectors may have one of the most dangerous jobs but the salary is about the national average and you shouldn’t need more than a high school diploma to get started tackling forest fires.
There are plenty of traditional jobs that aren’t going anywhere such as construction workers and construction managers, truck drivers, home health aides, and teachers. However, there are also a number of career paths you might not have thought of that are in demand and on the rise, including artificial intelligence and genetic counseling. Plus it’s not surprising that software development and health care are high on the list and likely to remain there for some time.
In terms of the skills and qualifications, you need to secure the job you are hoping for, many of the jobs on the list require a bachelor’s degree or associate degree although education requirements vary. Generally speaking the more training and education you need to do the job the higher the median salary. So for example, if you have a master’s degree in computer science your median pay is going to be higher than if you have a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Jobs In-Demand For The Future
If you are looking for job security you need to be looking not only at jobs that are in demand now but at the projected growth rate of your chosen career path in years to come. The job market is constantly changing, especially in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, and while many job skills will always be in demand some occupations are expected to grow much faster than others.
Plus, while employment growth is expected over the coming years there are roles that are likely to start to decline. Not to mention the fact that there are likely to be many jobs available in 10 years that simply don’t exist today.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, six out of the ten occupations with the highest growth rates are in health care. Specifically:
- Nurse practitioner
- Occupational therapy assistant
- Home health and personal care aide
- Physical therapist assistant
- Medical and health services administrator
- and Physician assistant
Speech-language pathologists and mental health counselors are also in the top 20 with way above average job growth so becoming a medical professional whether you become a registered nurse, nursing assistant, get into physical therapy, or become a physician seems to be a pretty safe bet for the future. There’s a big salary range within the field and as always if you are looking for a high-paying job in patient care you will need to have the necessary training and qualifications.
Other jobs that are set to be in high demand in the future include:
- Wind turbine service technicians
- Solar photovoltaic installers
- Information security analysts
- Data Scientists
- Roustabouts, derrick, and rotary drill operators in the oil and gas industry
- Operations research analysts
- Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists
- and Animal care and service workers.
Looking at current job vacancies and predicted trends for the future there is a wide range of career paths you could choose to follow that offer good job prospects both now and in the future.
It’s clear that tech industries are on the rise as are jobs in data science and health care with more traditional roles such as physical therapists increasing alongside newer roles such as genetic counselors.
There is also plenty of scope for up-skilling and making sure your skills are transferable as the job market changes. Marketing manager roles are still going to be available but you will need to be up to date with digital marketing to secure the best jobs in the future. Likewise, companies will always need a financial manager but the specifics of the job role are likely to change over time.
How companies are hiring is also changing with online job platforms such as LinkedIn job and apps such as ShiftPixy becoming ever more popular for both employers and candidates.