Data Mining and Analysis
The future is all about information. For those who know how to find it, those who understand it and those who know how to use it, great career opportunities are in store. The age of data has just begun, and by all accounts is expected to keep on growing through 2020 and beyond. Companies are looking for new and innovative ways to get their hands on more information about their customers and competitors, analyze it, and hopefully gain insights that will provide them with a strategic advantage in the marketplace. Within the field of data mining and analysis, two of the most in-demand careers (not surprisingly) will be marketing and market research.
Counseling and Therapy
The demand for marriage and family therapists will grow by over 40% through 2020 – and this is only one example of the many occupations within this field. While mental health used to take a back seat to physical health, not anymore. People are waking up and taking note of importance of mental health as it relates to having a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Computer Technology and Engineering
Computer programming and web development has quickly become a commodity item. As such, many computer programming and software development jobs have moved overseas where skills are strong and costs are low. Notwithstanding, there is a growing demand for highly skilled computer experts who understand computer systems and computer networking. Today, high speed computer networks are required by companies in most fields – and the trend is not going to change any time soon. Through 2020 there will be strong demand for computer technologists, engineers and networking specialists who can help companies tie their computer networks together and establish a competitive advantage in technology.
Research and innovation are the keys to new breakthroughs and developments in technology, medicine, manufacturing, and many other fields. Through 2020 there will be particularly strong demand for professionals with advanced research skills in engineering, chemistry, math, biology, biotechnology, and other sciences.
The demand for veterinarians will increase by over 35% through 2020. This demand will be driven by improved veterinary medical services as well as an insatiable consumer demand for pets, pet services and pet products. Students considering a career in veterinary medicine can look forward to working a fun industry with new growth and business opportunities right around the corner.
Healthcare and Medicine
It goes without saying that healthcare has and always will be a major industry. But with a ever aging group of baby boomers – looking to extend and enhance the quality of life – the timing has never been better to launch a career or business in this industry. Jobs within healthcare cover the gamut. While many jobs within healthcare are lower paying, you’ll also find some of the highest paying jobs in healthcare as well. Career opportunities in healthcare are broad and offer a variety of specialties to choose from. Through 2020 demand is predicted to be strongest for dentists, nurses, physician specialists, optometrists, physical therapists, and audiologists.
As populations worldwide continue to grow, we’re required to find new ways to use and maximize the limited resources that are available to use – especially natural resources. Entrepreneurs, governments and businesses are seeking new technologies to help heat and cool buildings, conserve water, control pollution, produce food, improve infrastructure and thwart global warming. Careers in environmental science and green energy will continue to grow over the next decade.