If you are just starting on your career path, or if you’re switching careers in mid-life, pay attention to which jobs are likely to stay secure well into the future. Successive economic upheavals have changed the landscape in many professions and challenged conventional wisdom about a good career. Consider jobs that are difficult to outsource overseas and take advantage of current demographic trends.
The U.S. population is ageing and in need of more and more health care. For those who receive a postgraduate education, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be an increased demand for doctors and surgeons through 2018. But there are health care openings at all levels of education, with more than a million job openings forecast for registered nurses, and high demand for aides, orderlies and home health care assistants.
There is a range of services vital to everyday life, including plumbing, electrical work, hairdressing, auto mechanics and HVAC work. These tasks simply can’t be done from overseas or another lower-cost state, and they are safe from the outsourcing trend.
This is another job that’s hard to outsource, at least in bulk. The BLS forecasts the highest demand will be for elementary school teachers, closely followed by postsecondary teachers and high school teachers. According to the U.S. Department of Education, many of the nation’s 3.2 million teachers will retire over the next several years. It’s predicting up to 200,000 new hires annually.
As the country struggles for answers to global warming and energy security, there’s a growing demand for highly skilled scientists, researchers and technicians in “green” energy jobs, such as developing or installing solar panels or geothermal systems, or rolling out infrastructure for hydrogen-powered vehicles. In construction, there will also be a need for specialists who build and maintain structures to green standards.
Although Information Technology has been turned upside down by the outsourcing trend, there are still niches within the industry that are forecast to remain secure. The biggest of these is in systems security, which is becoming a greater concern as more people’s personal data are stored electronically. The increasing data stream provides an opportunity for data communications analysts and network systems administrators. This field also intersects with health care, and there will be a big growth in demand for informatics specialists in the hospital setting as health care begins to implement remote diagnostic equipment and paperless medical records.
The BLS lists biomedical engineer as the fastest-growing occupation in the country. Job openings are forecast to grow by 72 per cent before 2018. Biochemists and biophysicists will also be in great demand. This industry is an adjunct to the fast-growing health care economy and to areas such as consumer technology and the defence industry.
One way to benefit from the outsourcing trend is to manage it. Companies are increasingly employing offshoring managers to ensure their new global relationships proceed smoothly. Consultants who help businesses develop their markets overseas will also be in demand in an increasingly borderless corporate world.
Accounting and Actuarial
Greater regulation of financial services and other corporate sectors means a bigger role for numbers crunchers. The BLS expects job opportunities for actuaries to rise by more than 20 per cent by 2018, and the average salary for someone who’s been in the profession for at least five years is £65,000 or more. Actuaries and accountants who have international experience will be even more in demand.
This is another quasi-corporate career that’s forecast to experience growth in the next decade. The growth is likely to come in higher-level strategic marketing jobs, rather than among lower-level copywriters. Future marketing specialists will need top-notch data analytics skills, as well as an ability to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of social media.
The BLS is forecasting high demand for specialised drivers, especially truck drivers or those familiar with heavy equipment. The bureau projects an almost 13 per cent increase in employment in this sector by 2018. This is a relatively accessible job and is also impossible to outsource.