Using data to create employment projections for the next American workplace.
Many Americans are trying their best to navigate the current job market and need to keep their focus on today. Who can afford to be making long-term plans in difficult times? Hard to believe but times like these are often the best opportunity to take a look ahead.
In 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor put out Employment Projections for the ten year period of 2012 to 2022. Using this data we can paint a broad portrait of the future job market but remember–don’t get too hung up on it.
Healthcare and construction show promise.
The 30 occupations with the largest projected increases in employment from 2012 to 2022 will account for nearly half of the total projected employment growth. Of those 30 occupations, 14 of those are in healthcare and 5 are related to construction. Software developers, salespersons, and management analysts are also expected to see high percentage increases in job growth.
Something for everyone.
Nineteen of the 30 occupations projected to grow the fastest will require some postsecondary education but two-thirds of the 30 occupations with the largest growth projections will not.
Due to the growth of the baby-boomer generation over one-quarter of the workforce will be made up of those 55 and older.
What does all this mean? It just gives those considering options more information to make a decision. Everyone knows healthcare, construction, finance, insurance, and law are all good bets for future job seekers. But what if those aren’t your thing? As always look inward when asking the important questions.
Here’s how to stay (sanely) in the moment while steering toward a destination.
Do what you want. Following your passions over the long haul will almost always be the right road. After reading the rest of this article, write down what you want to be doing 5 or 10 years from now. THAT is your map.
Know data is not definitive. Don’t let it rule you. Let it inform you.
Go after a skill, not a title. Think of what it is you can produce or provide. What value you bring is more important in the future than the title on your door.
Jason Veduccio is the author of The New American Dreamer: How to Land That Ideal Job in a Nightmare Economy. Click to buy.