Since the beginning of time, jobs have come and gone, but one thing has remained true: they’re an integral part of our society and economy, providing essential services to both individuals and businesses. What many don’t realize, however, is that some jobs are more essential than others. Some jobs are likely to become obsolete in the future, while others will be more in demand than ever before.
1) Data Scientist
The job of a data scientist has only been around for a few years but is already one of fastest growing jobs in America. Data scientists collect and analyze data to solve complex problems across many industries, but they are especially important in healthcare because so much data is involved there.
They look at things like which procedures are most effective, what treatments patients need, and more. There will be an estimated 1 million jobs for data scientists by 2020. That’s why we’re already seeing so many openings posted now!
2) Flexibility vs Security
Employees in 2022 are looking for work that fits into their personal schedules. The goal is to be able to work as much or as little as they want, and employers are jumping on board by creating flexible, remote-friendly policies.
A recent FlexJobs survey found that 97 percent of its members said it’s important to be able to telecommute at least some of the time. Almost half (45 percent) said they were actively seeking a job with greater flexibility and opportunities for telecommuting.
3) Build your skillset
As technology continues to evolve, more and more jobs are being automated. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—for example, robotics can be used to automate simple, dangerous tasks in warehouses that humans don’t want to perform—but it does mean that people need to update their skillsets regularly. It’s important to stay up-to-date on current job trends so you can make sure your future career has staying power.
4) Consider becoming an entrepreneur
According to data from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce, only 21 percent of U.S. jobs require a four-year degree by 2020. If you’re interested in launching your own business, here are a few things to consider before quitting your day job: Do you have skills that other people need? Can you network with and influence others? Are you willing to start at (or below) minimum wage?
5) Look for alternative paths
The traditional path of college, entry-level job, company man or woman isn’t necessarily your only option. The rapidly evolving economy has opened up a variety of opportunities for skilled and semi-skilled workers to launch their own businesses or carve out niches for themselves that pay well.
If you’re unhappy in your current position, explore other options. It could lead to a better situation—and maybe even success down the road.
6) Prepare yourself for uncertainty
The top jobs for 2026 don’t exist yet, and it’s impossible to predict what job will be top dog five years from now. As such, you need to build your career on a foundation that can withstand shifts in industry and technology—in other words, choose an area that is flexible and suited to change.
7) Get Educated
Though some jobs don’t require any type of degree, many do. If you want to get paid what you’re worth, you’ll likely need to earn a college degree. Fortunately, these days it isn’t too hard—even those with not-so-great grades can still land lucrative jobs with a little persistence and effort.
But that doesn’t mean it will be easy: going back to school takes more than money and motivation; it takes patience and knowledge.