Well the first thing I noticed when researching for this post is the dearth of data for Canada! Stats Canada? I could only find a piece taking us up to 2015. I mean there’s Laissez-faire, and then there’s just kinda muddling along and hoping for the best.
The States has all kinds of data and news items (I do have a wee bit for Canada, see below, and I think we can extrapolate somewhat from info about our neighbours to the south).
So — in the USA, where are the smart jobs?
Well according to a report by NPR and Wired Magazine, the bottom line is: look to businesses producing new-to-the-market products (think: GMOs, iPhone apps)
Between 2006 – 2010, drawing on data from Linked-In, the report authors discovered that the good-paying jobs were and will be found in the following fields:
Environment & Renewables jobs grew by 50%+ every.single.year (this makes me happy)
Jobs in Online Publishing and the Internet each grew by about 29% per year
Jobs in the Wireless sector grew by 18% per year.
Looking ahead to 2018, the US Bureau of Labour Stats projects that
Network systems and data analysis jobs will grow by over 50%
Home Health Aides jobs will grow by 50% (no real surprise there, given coming demographic trends)
followed closely by general Personal and Home Care Aides which will grow by 45%.
Career Builder says that for 2011, the in-demand jobs are:
Administrative Assistants (wait. what? yes, really)
Real Estate Agents (my armchair take is that this one won’t last)
In contrast, the Globe & Mail said the top sales (and by their inference, job) growth was …
wait for it…
didn’t cross my minda, gotta say …
was: Engine, Turbine and Power Transmission equipment manufacturing, which grew by 20.46%.
errrr – anyone know if a new plant started up or something?
My bottom line conjecture is that jobs in Health and Technology (including bio-tech) will dominate the next 10 years. Any dissenters?
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