Over time the employment landscape will change significantly. The booming careers ten years ago are not the same as the roles in demand today. In the next decade, it’s likely that careers will require a new set of skills that are beyond what we have today.
A report by McKinsey revealed that ‘employment in Europe has grown in knowledge-intensive sectors such as telecommunications, financial services, real estate, and education, while it has been declining in manufacturing and agriculture’.
Rapid developments in technology are expected to further change these growing jobs and could leave some roles obsolete altogether. In fact, it is estimated that automation could potentially destroy around 73 million jobs by 2030.
These shifts in the employment landscape are not all doom and gloom, and while some roles might become redundant over the years, others will be more needed than ever. There are many future job prospects, and knowing what they are, and the skills you need to thrive in them could set you up for success. Many of the jobs expected to grow in the next decade are in industries that have been hard hit by the COVID pandemic as well as in renewable energy, healthcare, and data.
10 Fastest-Growing Jobs By 2030
Various predictions have been made into the roles which will be in most demand over the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Insider have used their employment projections to reveal the sectors expected to grow the most between now and 2030. There is likely to be an increase of 11.9 million jobs in the next decade, and the fastest-growing jobs include:
1. Wind Turbine Technicians
With such a focus on sustainability and renewable energy, wind turbines are set to rise rapidly in popularity. To support this growth, technicians are going to be required to manage and maintain the equipment. It is expected that these jobs will have the fastest growth rate of all roles by 2030.
The BLS predicts that there will be a rise of 68% in wind turbine technicians over the next ten years. Getting into this role requires the right qualifications, usually a certificate or diploma in the maintenance of wind turbines at a minimum. Although, this is a position where on the job training is provided.
2. Nurse Practitioners
Nurse practitioners are set to be in high demand this decade, with an expected rise in healthcare and social care. There is an increase in chronic conditions, as well as more stress than ever before. Nurse practitioners are also known as advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs, and they offer advanced services to patients.
In this position, individuals can act as a primary or speciality care providers, prescribe care plans and assess patient needs. To become a nurse practitioner, advanced medical knowledge is required, and a master’s degree in a specialised nursing role.
3. Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Just like wind turbine technicians, solar photovoltaic installers are also rising in popularity because of the focus on renewable energy. This position is expected to rise by 52% between 2020 and 2030. Put simply; these are the people who install solar panel systems on buildings, in fields or at other locations as required.
Typically to enter this profession, a higher education diploma or equivalent is necessary.
Similar to mathematicians, statisticians apply data and analyse it carefully. This role requires advanced knowledge of statistical prediction, interpretation, and maths. Data and statistics are an absolute must as the world shifts to using more technology and automation than ever before.
Statisticians often design surveys, polls, and experiments that apply stat principles and rely heavily on their creative thinking. Over the next decade, this position is expected to grow rapidly, with many businesses included statisticians in their key decision making. Getting into this field requires a master’s degree at a minimum.
5. Physical Therapy Assistants
Physical therapy assistants are there to ensure that practices run smoothly and are fully serving patients. These roles have greater responsibilities than other clinical assistance roles and generally require licensing and certification.
Just like other healthcare roles, physical therapy assistants will be in high demand in the coming years. People in these positions often work across hospitals, nursing homes, private clinics and more.
6. Information Security Analysts
The focus on cybersecurity is massive these days, and there is more cybercrime around now than ever before. Information security analysts work to ensure information is safe, whether that be in hardware, software, or information systems.
To become an information security analyst, individuals will need at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Having a master’s degree can deliver more job opportunities in this profession.
7. Home Health And Personal Carers
There is an increase in the number of people requiring home help and personal carers, and this is only set to continue. Home health and personal carers deliver personalised assistance to individuals in their own homes, usually with tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and medications.
Getting into this industry does not require extensive medical knowledge, and almost everything can be taught via on the job training.
8. Medical And Health Services Managers
There are a lot of healthcare roles on this list because the industry is expected to see high demand over the next decade. It isn’t just medical roles that are required in healthcare, and medical and health services managers are set to increase by 32%.
These are the people responsible for managing facilities, recruiting staff, monitoring budgets and more.
9. Data Scientists
Data scientists need to have advanced knowledge of mathematics, and with this, can enjoy lucrative, high paying positions in the field. As technology advances, data scientists are more in demand than ten years ago. Their work helps to prevent problems in a business, and it is a valuable position in any organisation.
To become a data scientist, a master’s degree is usually necessary.
10. Physician Assistants
Physician assistants work alongside surgeons, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. The demand for good help in the healthcare industry is growing, and this role is predicted to increase by 31% by 2030.
An extensive knowledge of medical science is required, as well as a master’s degree, in order to pursue a career as a physician assistant.