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The hottest jobs in 2017

In 2017, it’s not all doom and gloom with job cuts and robots taking over, however the quick pace of change through technology now demands the sharpest minds.

There are industries where science, tech and maths is needed, that are booming.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) jobs are growing faster than the economy.  Computer analysts, web developers, software developers, network and computer systems administrators are needed more than ever before.

Industrial engineers, specialised managers in regional locations, medical and health services managers, and registered nurses are also hot on the heels this year.

Last year, some of the popular jobs were data scientists, nurses, software developers, financial managers, and solutions architect.  The non-tech standout jobs from this list were finance-focused, like tax managers, and audit managers.

Just (two) days ago, CNN Money gave the best job title to Mobile Application Developer – with its 10-year job growth of 19%.

The list compiled 100 of the best jobs in 2017 and the growth is worked out over a 10-year period.  Here are the top 20:

  1. Mobile App Developer
  2. Risk Management Director – 7% growth
  3. Landman – 7%
  4. Product Analyst – 19%
  5. Information Assurance Analyst – 18%
  6. Quality Assurance Coordinator (RN) – 16%
  7. Clinical Applications Specialist – 21%
  8. Hospital Administrator – 17%
  9. Database Analyst – 11%
  10. Finance & Administration Director – 7%
  11. Auditing Director – 11%
  12. Portfolio Manager – 30%
  13. IT Director – 15%
  14. Webmaster – 27%
  15. Real Estate Development Manager – 8%
  16. Quality Management Director – 17%
  17. Management Analyst – 14%
  18. Marketing & Sales Director – 7%
  19. Employee Relations Specialist – 7%
  20. Actuary – 18%

‘Drowning in data, starving for insights’

As you can see, roles in big data are dominating.  Interestingly, these jobs are the toughest to fill and according to a recent Forbes articles, qualified candidates are in short supply.

The field of data science is so new (and big) governments don’t even track it as an occupation.  Every business has data, from startups to major corporations – and there’s simply not enough talent with the skills to distill and disseminate it.

It’s important to note, many of the hottest jobs of this year require a commitment to lifelong learning.  And in the next decade, you’re going to see many more careers open up.

Rapid technical innovation is not only changing our jobs but the way we learn, too.  Technology is impacting how educators approach curriculum and learning – not the other way around.

Embracing the benefits of technology from a wider level demands leadership from Governments in areas like education, infrastructure, regulations, taxes, and social protection, according to a recent World Economic Forum article.  But us as individuals need to take responsibility, too.

Redefine what a ‘job’ is

There are new jobs being created every day.  The meaning of “job” is being redefined in real-time to incorporate technology, mobility, flexibility, and global connectivity and you need to start rethinking about a job in this context.

Our 21st Century Capabilities and Careers Program is designed to help students, parents and teachers to look beyond what they think they know about current jobs and future careers.

With a blend of integrated activities, open nights, industry networking, Real Day Outs, knowledge and resources, the program aims to get students future job ready, when graduating high school, university or from their VET provider.

If you would like to know about developing 21st Century Capabilities towards future jobs, please contact Jess Perry at jessica@careerblueprint.com.au.

January 2017


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