Looking at your options for future careers? Many of you are being encouraged to pursue your dreams, but to add complexity to the things you really enjoy, with a realistic view of what will be available in the future job market, is important!
Forecasts rely upon statistical data and common trends to work out which career paths will have the highest number of openings. With technology in high demand, many of the jobs which were popular in the past are now being phased out and replaced with technology; roles that were once done by hand.
As long as there are buildings and sewer systems, industrial piping systems, home, and business plumbing systems and municipal water and sewer infrastructures there will be a need for plumbers, steamfitters and pipefitters. This is an industry that is expected to grow by 75,200 new positions in the near future. The only education requirement is a high school diploma or the equivalent and specific training and certification in the chosen area of practice, which in many cases, can be learned on the job as a plumber in training.
With a steadily growing population in the world, there is consistently a need for new construction to take place. Both residential, business and commercial growth means that new building projects will commence. It is estimated that there will be an increase in the number of new positions for Construction managers that will exceed 44,000 in the near future. A bachelor’s degree is generally required in business management with some construction experience on the side. The average earnings per year are around £73,000.
It’s estimated that there will be over 75,000 new positions opening for wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives. With commerce picking up at a steady rate. It is estimated that around 76,000 new positions will be opening between now and 2026. The average annual salary for experienced sales representatives past the entry-level is £45,000 per year. In most cases, the only educational requirements are a high school diploma or the equivalent, and training provided by the hiring company.
Secondary school teachers are in high demand as there is a serious lack of them available for teaching grades 9 through 12 in the public school system. It’s estimated that around 77,000 new positions will be available in the near future. Some school districts are so desperate for staff members that they are willing to employ those with a bachelor’s degree and allow them to work on gaining their teaching certificates while on the job. The average annual income for this position is around £44,000 per year, but some specialised positions pay a lot more. In addition, the salaries may vary from one region of the country to another. One of the reasons why there are so many teaching jobs open is that the profession requires ongoing education at the expense of the teacher, and public school politics is listed as another factor that discourages some new teachers from continuing on in this career path. It’s a challenging job, and more people are needed to fill the gaps.
The truck-driving profession is one that has always been in high demand, but never as much as now. It’s estimated that there is going to be room for nearly 110,000 new positions in the next few years. On average, truck drivers working for a trucking company earn roughly £34,000 per year. There are certification requirements for driving trucks. Most operators undergo a series of courses at approved and accredited truck driving school in order to earn a HGL
In addition to high demand for construction, managers are a need for more people to fill the position of first-line supervisors. It’s estimated that there will be just under 76,000 new openings by 2026 for people qualified for this trade. The annual earnings potential is estimated at £52,000 per year. A College diploma or equivalent is generally required along with experience in the construction industry, preferably, as a worker prior to being advanced to a supervisor.
With the service industry booming and new companies starting up left and right, there is a growing need for service sales representatives. This is one of the ways that service providers spread the word about the products and services that they have to offer. In most cases, a high school diploma or equivalent is all the education that is required, as most companies train their services sales representatives in-house. On average, the annual salary is around £42,000. It is estimated that the number of jobs in this area will rise to 94,900 new openings by 2026.
Big business is on the rise and whether it’s eCommerce or brick and mortar businesses there will always be a need for financial accounting. This is a field that has recently experienced an increase in the number of jobs being advertised by nearly 22%. This also includes auditors who review business financials and forensic accounting which goes more in-depth.
There has been an increase in the demand for post-secondary instructors who possess a doctoral degree. There are many adjunct professors who teach a stray course here and there, but universities and colleges value a doctoral degree as it makes the employee more capable of fulfilling not only the role of an instructor but also some administrative roles. The demand for these professionals has increased by 15% over the past few years. Because of the cost of post-graduate education, many academics are opting to forego the doctoral degree. The most in-demand academic doctoral requiring posts are in the IT or Information Technology discipline, in Accounting and in Healthcare
The aerospace industry is positively booming and there is an increase in the need for skilled and professional workers in this industry. As technology continues to advance, so will the number of job openings in the industry. Space exploration and aerospace business ventures are increasing in numbers. There are fourteen major employers in the aerospace industry currently. These include Lockheed Martin, UTC Aerospace Systems, Northrop Grumman , Pratt & Whitney, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Raytheon, UTC Climate Controls & Security, GKN Aerospace, Honeywell, SpaceX, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Planetary Resources, The Aerospace Corporation, and Orbital ATK. We can thank geniuses like Elon Musk and Richard Branson for their daring ventures to take paying passengers into outer space aboard recreational shuttles. There’s a race taking place right now to be the first to accomplish this feat. Engineers, mechanics, flight specialists, technicians, and many other positions within the industry are going to open up within a year or two.