The careers they highlight are the ones that should be hot in ten years. Which the article is focused on as a tool to use to move your children towards those careers but if you have a ten or eleven year old, are you really planning that far out? Or are you just trying to get the dang summer work done so you can enjoy a few weeks of summer vacation without a deadline hanging over their heads? (Oh, just me then...)
The article, though meant for our kids, can actually be used for us. We are all working and not intending to retire within the next ten years. And continuing education and even retraining are big parts of finding your next step especially when the industry you spent your career in is contracting as a lot of industries are contracting and/or changing due to advances in technology and/or off/outsourcing.
The article highlights some things and it dovetailed a bit into the Are Humans Underrated post I discussed last week (link below; Technology Takes the Jobs). What will be the popular jobs in 2025 (and will I have a flying car)?
Parenting talks about "self-enrichment instructor" so I guess I am on the list for 2025 because that is basically a teacher but more specialized and focused on guided learning, I assume. Also, HVAC technicians and yard architects made the list.
An important listing is personal care assistant - all of those baby boomers and even some of my fellow Gen-Xers are getting older and older - we have been having less and less kids, too and therefore do not have built in support for us as we age and need care and the same can be said for our parents. So care of the elderly or aging will be a big growing industry and maybe I would want to manage the facility or the caregivers but I do not think I would want to be an actual caregiver (personal preference only - it can be rewarding work and will be well paid as people will want to remain at home in their later years and NOT want to be in a nursing home).
Data scientist also made the list - making use of all of the data that exists based on technology and marketing (such as the data provided by every click you make on the Internet and/or when you use your points card at Target or other shopping stores - ways to tailor marketing to each individual). This is a hot topic and I have talked a lot as a Professor about Target's use of data collecting - there is a true story about them being able to identify a pregnant customer, at times before the pregnant woman even knows she is pregnant - or before their families know. Target sent out a mailer to a younger ladywith coupons for baby stuff (diapers, formula, etc) and the dad flipped out and yelled at the Target manager for the inappropriateness of sending such a mailer to a young girl. Said dad then had to come in and apologize because, it turned out, his daughter was pregnant and TARGET knew before HE did.
Another growing career is Emerging Materials Engineer for nano-technology and biotech items. This ties in with the new industry of genetic testing, especially a company like 23andMe which is poised to become a medical breakthrough house for developing medication and gene therapies based on the data they are collecting and are allowed to use for research purposes. If you have not read it, you must check out The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks (link below) whose genetic materials were used in vaccines and more and continue to live on in medical breakthroughs despite the fact that she died young and poor in the 1950's and her family is still poor and without health insurance. It details the ability of genetic material to create anything really in terms of healthcare and / or research and the murky area of if you have that something that can support a new invention in world of medical advancement.
There are also listings for graphic artists, mediators, information security and financial examiner.
What do you think about the list for 2025? Can you use this list to plan your next step? Does any of it interest you? Are you planning your child/ren's future and see something on this list for them?
Technology Takes the Jobs
Parents Article Careers of the Future
Lisa Vento Nielsen