As today’s workforce becomes increasingly digital and globalized, and the demographics of the world’s population change, the fastest-growing jobs will shift as well. If you’re looking to start your career or make a change, consider which occupations and industries will be booming for years to come. Here are eight of the jobs that will
#1: Software Developers
All those coding boot camps aren’t wrong…tech is the way of the future. If you want a secure career, being a software developer is a good way to go.
Designing software and engineering mobile apps will, in many ways, be the construction or plumbing job of the decades to come: solid, consistent, and always needed, no matter where in the world you choose to go or how the economy changes.
Many software development jobs start at six-figure salaries, so it’s also an economically sustainable choice as a career.
#2: Registered Nurses (RNs)
The health care industry is rapidly growing as the population ages and more people become health-conscious. Hospitals are also rapidly expanding into large networks for greater convenience and less emergency room and urgent care overcrowding. Registered nurses (RNs) are the backbone of health care in many ways.
Working directly with patients as a nurse is a lucrative career choice that isn’t going away any time soon. As the health care industry shifts and accommodates the current nursing shortage, educated nurses who prove themselves are also taking on more responsibilities and garnering higher pay.
#3: Physical Therapists
Physical therapists help people recover, manage pain, and get back to work, school, or a higher quality of life after injuries or illnesses. As the baby boomer generation ages, there is a growing number of seniors who will need physical therapy in the future.
Moreover, many people are living longer lives and surviving injuries and illnesses that they weren’t in previous years, so physical therapists can expect to find sustainable careers in clinics and rehab centers anywhere they go. Most physical therapists are highly paid, with an average salary in the $80,000 range.
#4: Solar Energy Technicians
As we look for alternative energy sources and seek to address the problem of climate change, a network of career options is developing alongside that growing awareness. Solar energy technicians install solar panels and help businesses and individual homeowners find affordable sources of clean energy.
In a related category, wind energy technicians can also expect to find ample employment in 2020 and beyond.
#5: Home Health Aides
Because the demographics of the population are skewing older, and because many people are opting to continue their senior years at home rather than in group-based institutions, home health aides can expect to find employment easily for many years.
Home health aides might help individuals with basic hygiene and personal care, or they might provide companionship or everyday health-related assistance.
#6: Project-Based Human Resources Directors
More and more employees are going freelance as the gig economy takes the workforce by storm. Project-based career options, in general, are becoming more popular as people adopt digital nomad lifestyles and choose to work remotely or on a temporary basis.
Human resources directors help to manage teams and implement best hiring practices. Project-based human resources directors are nimble, working with various brands, individuals, and groups as HR experts.
#7: Personal Brand Advisors
Because the gig economy is quickly taking over the workforce in general, self-promotion is at a premium. Freelancers and influencers have to market themselves to brands and other individuals with ease, setting themselves above the competition.
In 2020 and beyond, personal brand advisors will help freelancers develop their particular style of self-marketing in order to sustain lucrative careers.
#8: Counselors and Mental Health Clinicians
Many people are becoming more aware of the importance of mental health. More people than ever are getting diagnosed with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, particularly as the stigma of mental illness slowly dissipates and as our lives become increasingly stressful and chaotic.
Counselors, social workers, mental health clinicians, and psychologists might work with individuals, couples, or families to improve their emotional wellness, address conflicts, and manage mental illnesses or serious problems like addiction and trauma.
Mental health clinicians can expect to find a great deal of work in 2020 and beyond.