WorldWideLearn, "the world's largest" online directory of Education, has published their list of the top ten careers that will be most "in demand" in the next ten years.
Do your interests point you in any of these directions?
- Computer Programmer
- Day Care Provider
- Elder Care Specialist
- Employment Specialist
- Environmental Engineer
- Home Health Aide
- Management Consultant
- Networking Specialist
- Physician's Assistant
- Social Services Coordinator
Interesting that several of these jobs are not exactly well-paying.
But they are related to the top five career trends that will affect your career choices, according to WorldWideLearn's analysis:
- Aging baby boomers
- Better medicine
- Increased costs of child care
- Rapid technology growth
- Distributed work
Of particular interest to me is the trend around child care. Many working parents are demanding higher quality child care but cannot afford the cost. Meanwhile child care workers can't afford to stay in such a low-paying field. It will be interesting to follow the new trend in this puzzle:
As today's parents demand higher quality from their child care providers, the marketplace has responded with a variety of programs to help meet parents' needs. The explosive growth of pre-kindergarten educational programs required highly trained educators that also demand more competitive salaries than their predecessors. Therefore, especially in major cities, the cost of caring for young children has skyrocketed.
As a result, early childhood education has become a more lucrative and more stable profession than ever before. Traditionally a lower-paying job, new child care specialists can expect to earn far more money today than peers that entered the field even a few years ago. On the other hand, the rising cost of child care has encouraged many parents to seek opportunities to work from home. Taking advantage of distributed work options, professions that allow parents to spend time with young children have enjoyed rapid growth. Even when those positions pay less than office jobs, the savings in opportunity cost created by avoiding paid child care adds tremendous value for young families.
Read the entire feature for more details.
When considering "what's next" for you career-wise, how are you factoring in career trends? Where's the intersection between what you desire and what the marketplace demands?