Predicting which careers will flourish in our post-COVID world isn’t easy. Still there are some definite trends. If you are considering a change, here are the top five growing fields in the years ahead.
The COVID-19 pandemic had an outsized impact on health care workers. Although there has been a shortage of skilled nurses for years, the pandemic made it even worse. That’s one reason healthcare is a top field of the future. There will be a need for at least 500,000 more Registered Nurses by 2027.
2. Information Technology
Of course, IT has been a growth field for years. What is different is that an increased focus on remote work and smartphone development has increased demand for software and app developers. Although this field has traditionally required a Bachelors of Science degree, companies are now recruiting people who learned to code online. So, if you are thinking about a career change and are tech orientated, you may want to consider taking some coding classes.
3. Supply Chain Management
You probably are not surprised to find that this is a growth field. The panic buying that began before last year’s lockdowns upended the just-in-time delivery methods that so many retailers had long relied on. Jobs in this field include Purchasing Agent, Logistics Analyst, and Distribution Manager. Although many start out with a Bachelor’s degree, top earners have graduate degrees as well. Industrial Engineers are also plentiful in this supply chain management. If you are skilled with math, statistics, and engineering principles and love making systems work more efficiently, this could be the right field for you.
4. Financial Management
Careers in this field are expected to grow by 15% over the next decade. Financial managers are hired to examine a company’s spending and income while looking for ways to maximize profitability. Fortune 500 companies often seek candidates with an MBA – although smaller organizations hire financial managers with Bachelor’s degrees. Management consultants enjoy similar high rates of growth and high median incomes.
5. Actuarial and Statistician
Actuaries enjoy an almost 20% growth rate by the end of the decade. If you enjoy data and statistics, this could be the perfect high-growth field. Most work for insurance companies, deciding whether or not to insure a potential customer. Being able to evaluate risk is an in-demand skill. Actuaries often have a degree in Actuarial Science and have passed a series of licensing exams. Statisticians fulfill a similar role for companies by analyzing data and projecting future sales, profits, and obstacles to growth. Data Scientists, who help companies better utilize information, enjoy a projected 30% growth in employment by 2030.
Of course, the best job for you may not be the highest paying, nor one with the fastest growth. The key is leveraging your skill set and achieving the best possible outcome
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This article was adapted by Robert Francos. You can view the full original article by Ashley Stahl of Forbes at https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2021/11/08/the-top-5-growing-career-fields-in-2022/?sh=42d2b16746b3