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26 May 2016
Have you ever wondered what the top jobs of the future will be? Here at Darwin Recruitment, we've been in operation for 15 years, sourcing candidates for technology businesses from multi-national corporates to small and medium enterprises. We've experienced first-hand the changes in the jobs market that have occurred since the early 2000s.
In the year 2000, statistics revealed that the top employment sectors included medical care, partly due to the ageing population, the legal profession, social services and local government offices. Looking ahead, with the advances in technology and changing employment market, it's interesting to predict what the top jobs will be in 15 years' time.
Technical knowledge is the key
Research suggests that the next generation of job seekers will need greater technical knowledge to succeed in the thriving digital marketplace. Even though young people today are growing up with unprecedented access to technology in their day-to-day life, they will still require a STEM background to succeed in 2031.
This means they will require a sound knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths to discover rewarding career opportunities. Experts predict that job seekers with a STEM background will fare much better in the employment market 15 years from now.
They are urging schools to prepare for the boom in digital work opportunities by improving their syllabus to encompass the relevant skills. These include an improved computer science education, including learning coding.
Industry experts recognise that not everyone's going to grow up to become a computer scientist, but because coding is a basic digital skill, they argue that it's important for everyone to have at least a basic understanding.
IT and software development boom
According to predictions, the jobs that will experience a boom over the next 15 years include systems engineers, who are top of the list with an estimated growth rate of 45%. This is followed by IT business analysts and software developers, with a predicted 29% and 28% growth respectively.
Physician's assistant, physical therapist and computer network security consultant are all expected to experience 27% growth, with college professor and nurse practitioner showing a predicted 23% increase by 2031. The IT project manager profession is expected to grow by 16%, followed by intelligence analyst at 15%.
As the economy creates more tech jobs over the next 15 years, it's important that the workforce doesn't lack the skills to fill them. Warnings about adapting the school syllabus to encompass the relevant skills set should be heeded, sooner rather than later.
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