By Ronnie Green, Career Coach
Shepherd. Elevator operator. Hat check girl. What do these jobs have in common? They are professions that don’t really exist in our culture anymore. If you want a job or career that will carry you throughout your life, I encourage you to look to the future.
What professions will last? According to several sites on the Internet, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MSNBC, the top 5 career fields for the future are:
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Software Architects, Systems Engineers, Software Engineers, IT Analysts
3. Financial Services
Accountants, Actuaries, Financial Advisers
College Professors, Elementary School Teachers, High School Teachers
5. Technical Jobs
Physical Therapist Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Veterinary Technicians
Almost every job today requires technical or computer skills. Thirty years ago, engineers studied about vacuum tubes. Today, those same engineers are working on wireless technology. Do you know anyone who does not own a cell phone? What’s the message? Be open to new technologies.
Please don’t just dismiss a job because it may seem ordinary. There will always be a need for nurses, and the profession is portable. You can work anywhere in the world and always get a job. So if you enjoy caring for others and love to travel, consider nursing.
What if you are already in a profession that has limited horizons or you are ready for a change? How can you transition from one career to another? Open a new mindset to see how your skills can be used in today’s marketable careers. Many teachers have been able to transfer their outstanding communication skills into the fields of training, grant writing, editing or even marketing.
How do you find a job or field that is good for you? You can go to the JCS Career Center website http://www.jcsbaltimore.org/job-seeking/online-resources/ On this page you will find a link to Gateway to Careers. Gateway will assist you through the process and help you to identify a list of your skills and strengths. Now, here is the most important part! I encourage you to try and match your skills to the list of growing professions. You may love working outdoors and caring for animals—but there’s just not much need for a sheep herder in our world.
Have you ever heard of Gimbels department store? It was the largest department store in the world in 1940, but today it does not even exist. Times have changed. Will you be able to change with them, or maybe even be ahead of the curve? It’s essential to keep your eye on the future and embrace it!
By Ronnie Green, Career Coach, Career Center, Jewish Community Services, Baltimore, MD
JCS offers a full range of career services. For more information about the JCS Career Center click here or call 410-466-9200.