A few years ago, jobs like social media manager didn’t exist. Today, the call for people with the skills to oversee digital communities is overwhelming. It’s more than likely that we’ll face similar scenarios in the future, with jobs that today seem obscure becoming ubiquitous. In fact, the United States’ Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released information on the skills that will be most in demand in 2016.
- The healthcare industry is set to grow, and will have to meet the needs of an ageing population. The fact that people have longer life expectancies than ever before adds another dimension to this situation.
- There is an ever growing need for educational services.
- In the professional services industry, administrative and support jobs are gaining traction.
- Unsurprisingly, the scientific and technical fields continue to grow. Companies’ reliance on information technology shows no signs of slowing, while network security comes to the fore. New technologies require new skills, and with the business environment becoming ever more complex, management and technical consulting services will remain of the utmost importance. Related to this, in the IT industry, the relentless demand for telecommunications services will provide many opportunities for skilled workers.
- Other sectors pinpointed by the report include leisure and hospitality, accommodation and food services, warehousing and storage and retail. Utilities, finance and the public sector are also expected to be major employers. While South Africa’s economic and social contexts obviously mean that there is more demand for certain skills than others, it’s unarguably interesting to observe the global trends. It’s also possibly worthwhile developing skills that may be useful in these industries.