Future Career Trends
Unsurprisingly, growing numbers of openings for graduates exist in the areas identified above. IT careers include network systems and data communications analysts, software engineers, network and computer systems administrators, and database administrators.
Healthcare careers include physician assistants, physical therapists and dental hygienists. Additionally, the relatively new area of forensic science technician is also a hot prospect. With additional vocational qualifications, graduates could consider entering the healthcare sector as a registered nurse, nursing aide or orderly, or a licensed practical or vocational nurse.
Preschool teaching is also a healthy employment area, as is hairdressing and cosmetology. Paralegal and legal assistant openings are also set to grow in number.
Graduate openings that currently offer most new jobs (as opposed to future career trends) are:
* Accountants and auditors.
* Applications software engineers.
* Computer systems analysts.
* Secondary school teachers.
* Systems engineers.
* Systems analysts.
* Network administrators.
* Employment and recruitment specialists.
* Declining Careers
Unsurprisingly, the technological revolution has led to a downturn in a number of work areas. Declining careers include traditional printing jobs, such as typesetting, which have been largely replaced by electronic processes. Likewise, many secretarial posts have been lost to more general personal assistant or administrator roles. Work relating to fax machines, telephone and telex operations has also declined, as so many communication tasks are now fulfilled via the PC.
The opening up of the global marketplace has also brought about a decline in certain low-skill technology jobs that are now based overseas. These declining careers include programming, customer call centres, technical support and other services that can be provided by telephone or online workers. The same is occurring with data entry and straightforward accounting or banking jobs. Much work is going to countries such as India or Taiwan, where overheads and salaries are far lower.
Your choice of future career
Identification of future career trends is of some help when you are seeking a career direction. You now know that it will help you to look for a career that requires a high skill level but which cannot be done remotely. Therefore, you would be safest learning a skill or profession that requires your physical presence such as a nurse, physician, dental hygienist, or hair stylist. Within the IT sector, it is safe to assume that the majority of more complex jobs will stay onshore.
Ultimately, your choice of career must depend primarily on an assessment of your own skills, abilities, personal qualities, interests, availability and geographical location. This is essential if you want to be successful, no matter how good the prospects are in that area of employment.