The job market is changing at a breakneck pace these days. Technology has revolutionized the marketplace, putting some careers out of business while creating brand new ones from thin air. While you should always pursue what you love doing most, it’s important to think about whether or not your job will exist in five, ten, or even twenty years from now. To help you get ahead of the curve, we put together a list of jobs of the future that will thrive in a world that is growing more technologically advanced with every passing day.
Average Salary: $71,000 a year.
The unsung heroes of the hospital, there is a bright future for nurses as time goes on. The Baby Boomers, a generation that’s 76 million strong, are getting older and beginning to experience the complications and sicknesses that come with age. Couple this with the fact that more people have access to health care than ever before and you’re going to wind up with some very busy hospitals that need all the help they can get.
Average Salary: $99,000 a year
It’s no surprise that a software developer is included on a list of jobs of the future. Software developers are the ones who build the future. The fields to keep an eye on are application development and user interface/experience, or UI/UX for short. You don’t need to move to Silicon Valley to become a software developer, either. Most major companies are looking for people who know their way around a keyboard and look favorably on resumes that list experience in programming.
Average Salary: $84,000 a year
Similar to a nurse, a physical therapist is another job in healthcare that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In addition to the millions of elderly and injured that need rehabilitative physical therapy, there is also an emerging population of potential candidates for PT: the millions of Americans working desk jobs. Anyone who sits at a desk for a living is at risk for back pain, problems with posture, and obesity. They’re going to need physical therapy to correct these health problems, which is where you can come in!
Average Salary: $47,000 a year
We haven’t quite gotten to the point where we can beam everything we need to know straight into our brains. Until then, we’re going to have to rely on the old-fashioned way of learning: having a teacher instruct us! The number of school-age children in the United States rivals the number of Baby Boomers at 74 million. If these kids are going to become productive members of society they’re going to need to get a good education, no matter what curveballs developments in technology may throw.
Average Salary: $68,000 a year
In the past decade alone, social media has completely revolutionized the way businesses and brands interact with their target markets. No matter how much technology evolves and changes the world around us, it will still be used as a tool for communication and businesses will still use it to connect with their customers. In fact, there may be even more developments in the way we can communicate through technology, which can create exciting new opportunities for those working in marketing.
This is hardly a comprehensive list of future jobs. There are many fields that are expanding as technological growth continues to march on and there’s no telling what fields will emerge in the future. All any of us can do is keep looking forward and plan as best as we can.