The Future Job Market
What career paths should young people be looking at? Where will the jobs be over the next decade? This job market research makes interesting reading and provides direction for future job seekers.
What occupations will be in demand in the future job market? According to the latest research these are the occupations that will be in demand in 2021 and beyond.
Skilled trade jobs including plumbers and electricians. This is due to the continuing focus on university education as opposed to trade or technical programs.
Engineering jobs - STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills continue to be in demand
Sales and marketing jobs - there is a shortage of experienced sales and marketing people who can effectively contribute to an organization's revenue growth.
Data analyst jobs - Huge quantities of available data present a challenge for companies as they try to find skills to sort and manage information efficiently.
Accounting staff - competent accounting staff are in high demand globally
Health care jobs - An aging population, challenging current healthcare demands and an increased focus on wellness give rise to a growing demand for healthcare providers.
What about competencies for future jobs? These are the 7 critical competencies that the jobs of the future will require.
Problem Analysis and Solving - the future is all about complex problem solving.
Creativity - creativity is about finding innovative approaches and coming up with new ideas.
Critical Thinking -high level cognitive skills give rise to unique insights and solutions
Team Work - workplaces will continue to become more team-orientated so being able to work effectively with other people is key to future success. This includes the ability to collaborate virtually as well as in person.
Adaptability and resilience - the pace of transformation in the workplace and the introduction of new methodologies will demand the ability and agility to adapt to change quickly and efficiently. Ongoing challenges in the economy and workplace will demand resilience.
Information management - the huge quantities of data that workers need to process will require the ability to focus and sort information efficiently and productively.
Communication - clear communication will continue to be central to workplace success.
What jobs were advertised most over the last 12 months? The most in-demand jobs were:
Home Health Aide
Data Security Analyst
What about the post-pandemic job market? The job market has been disrupted in an unprecedented way by the event of Covid 19. It is now more essential than ever to build your skill set and demonstrate the ability to adapt to a changing workplace. Whatever your job or industry there are always new skills that will benefit your career. Skills that have been identified to be of value going forward include
flexibility, adaptability and agility
technical knowledge and skills including digital marketing skills, coding, web development and SEO
data literacy including data analysis and management
creativity and innovation
critical thinking and strategic understanding
resilience and emotional intelligence
The best way to remain relevant in a post Corona virus world is to improve your skills and adapt to the changes that are happening around us. There are a huge number of open online courses, many for free, that can facilitate your learning and empowerment.