Best Careers for the Future – what is the best future job career?
Many websites will try to tell you which careers offer the best prospects for the future. Their choices are usually based on percentage growth statistics for recent years, which are a clear indicator of where the numbers of jobs are increasing. However, this does not reflect other concerns such as which careers pay best, which jobs are easiest to obtain, which need the longest periods of undergraduate and postgraduate study, and so on. Despite this, some general trends hold true on a general level.
It is no surprise that one of the fastest growing areas of employment in recent years relates to computer technology. Technological advance and the continued integration of IT and digital communications into the workplace throughout the private, public and voluntary sectors ensures that this trend will continue for some time. Systems analysts, designers and developers, computer programmers, web developers, consultants and information managers reflect the range of these career areas. Hardware engineers are also needed, working in infrastructure construction and repair, fibre, cable, satellites, etc.
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.
Applications software engineers.
Computer systems analysts.
Secondary school teachers.
Employment and recruitment specialists.
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.
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.
|2006 Best Careers:
The Results Are In
By CareerJournal.com editors
What are the best careers? CareerJournal.com found out by asking people what makes them satisfied in their careers and then finding careers with those qualities. Here are the results (in alphabetical order):
- Curriculum and instructional coordinators
- High-school special-education teachers
- Hospital and clinic managers
- Management consultants and analysts
- Medical researchers
- Physical therapists
- Sales, marketing and advertising managers
- Social workers, counselors and related managers
How did we get this list? CareerJournal teamed with polling company Harris Interactive, to survey U.S. adults and find what qualities are most common in the jobs of highly satisfied career-focused people. The four attributes cited most were:
• Good intellectual stimulation
• Strong job security
• High level of control and freedom in what to do
• Extensive direct contact with customers/clients
These criteria in hand, we then looked to identify careers that best met them. We scoured occupational data and employment projections from the Department of Labor and interviewed experts. Our eight "Best Careers" fit the bill in each category.
These won’t be the best careers for everyone. But relative to others, they are more likely to have the things that highly satisfied career-minded people say describe their jobs.
Read interviews with people who have jobs in the fields of special education, management consulting, social work and health-care clinic management, and come back to CareerJournal in the weeks ahead for profiles of people who have jobs in curriculum development, physical therapy, medical research, and sales, marketing and advertising.
What’s the best career for you? To answer this question, first think about how you would describe your dream career. Then review this list of 14 career qualities and see a sampling of careers most likely to deliver on what’s most important to you.
To learn more about CareerJournal’s Best Careers list, read our methodology.
What do you think is the best career? Join other CareerJournal readers in a discussion.
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