The United States Labor Department’s “Occupational Outlook Handbook” has some cool insights as to what the world’s fastest-growing expectations are. The times they are a changing, and if there were ever a time to rethink your career, it would be now. Although these job trends are focused on the American market, they are sure to translate to the South African job market as well. Let’s take a look at some of the most promising jobs of the future…
A roundup of the fastest growing job opportunities
1. Environmental engineer
Average salary – R684,937 per year
To land a job an engineering job, you’ll need a degree in engineering. As an environmental engineer, you will be tasked with creating systems and solutions that help prevent future problems, instead of focusing on those that are already in play. Due to the rising number of issues caused by population growth across the world, the global job market will soon be in need of qualified and experienced environmental engineers.
2. Software and systems engineers
Average salary – R577,681 per year
Since we’re seeing a rise in the demand for computer networking skills, and more companies needing upgrades to their systems, this is yet another profession that is expected to grow in 2018 and beyond. To be on top of your game as a software and systems engineer, you’ll need to keep up with the ever-changing tech in your industry. To get your foot in the door here, you need a bachelor’s degree with relevant experience in the industry.
3. Biochemists and biophysicists
Average salary – R393,277 per year
Over the past few decades, there has been a considerable increase in the demand for skilled and experienced biochemists and biophysicists, which is mostly due to the growth of the biotechnology industry. To get into applied research, products developments, management, or inspection, you will need a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Keep in mind that you will most likely need a PhD in order to qualify as a candidate for an independent researcher or to advance in your career in this field.
4. Network systems and data communications analysts
Average salary –R519,600 per year
Since businesses are always implementing more and newer tech, the industry continuously needs skilled professionals to monitor efficiency or networks and to set up new ones. The demand for this profession will undoubtedly grow in 2018 and beyond. Although most companies do require their analysts to hold a degree in the field, they also place a high value on relevant work experience.
5. Certified trainers
Average salary – R132,865 per year
As the baby boomers of yesteryear become more and more concerned with being physically fit and healthy, the demand for skilled trainers will steadily increase. You are much more likely to land a rewarding job as a professional, certified trainer than you would be without any certification.
If you’re on your way towards graduating in one of these fields, you can almost rest assured that you’ve made a solid investment in the future of your career. And even if you don’t have a degree or experience in one of these areas, they still make a career change seem super tempting.