Change is inevitable, and with it comes increased demand for certain industries. It can be hard to predict what the next 10 years will bring; who thought we would all be carrying smartphones around, sometimes literally attached at the hip? However, we can look at current trends to make some good guesses as to what the future workforce may look like. It’s important to keep an eye on the horizon if you want to prevent your choice of career from going extinct before you do. Picking the right field now will seriously impact your future job prospects and salary. Don’t let yourself get pigeon-holed into a dying trade.
Today, let's look at some fields that are expected to grow like wildfire in the coming years.
Heating and air tech
Our planet is rapidly changing due to population growth and bringing with it more record-breaking highs and lows. We like to be comfortable and as a society we'd be far less efficient and productive without modern heating and air-conditioning systems. The need for climate control professionals of all specialties will be growing in demand over the next decade. A career as an HVAC technician should give you peace of mind and good possibilities for advancement. An HVAC tech salary can more than double over the length of the career for highly experienced professionals. Demand for qualified workers is expected to outpace most other occupations by more than double.
You’re directly affected by the work of a software developer every day of your life. The software that your phone, computer, and car use was all written by hand. We rely on technology more and more with every year that passes by; as such, the demand for people to write the instructions for our devices increases with our reliance. A career in software design and development is guaranteed to be protected from decline – not just in the next ten years, but likely the into the next century as well. Job security is a good perk, but great pay is what really makes this career choice appealing to many. Median wages hover around $100,000 a year for an experienced developer.
Whether we like it or not, at some point everyone has to see a physician or other healthcare professional. Population growth drives demand for more hospitals, but that isn’t the only thing driving up demand in the coming years. A generation of post-WWII people are finally getting to the age of retirement and will be in need of latter life care. Registered nurses are not always held in the same high prestige as doctors and surgeons, but you would be incorrect to suggest that they are less significant. The forecasted need for RNs is high, and compensation is well above average. Pathways for advancing are accessible and can really catapult your career.
Making the right decision now can save you and your family from financial ruin in the future. Retraining for other opportunities later in life can be difficult to justify if you're already in debt. By protecting yourself from a lack of work due to lack of the relevant skills to meet market demand, you'll be better positioned for a prosperous career and a fruitful retirement.