New careers new age new you – ‘Preparing for a future that matters’

You may not be able to predict the future, but data experts can tell you what job you should pick for a successful future.
When looking for one of the best jobs of the future, two considerations will be crucial: what jobs are well-paying, and what jobs will expand dramatically in the next decade? As opposed to those that are becoming redundant due to new tech and IT innovations.
Using data from the USA Bureau of Labour Statistics, have a look below at the jobs with the strongest and weakest growth rates as predicted over the next 10 years.
The 10 best jobs for the future include: App developer, Computer systems analyst, Nurse practitioner, Physical therapist, Health services manager, Market research analyst, Personal financial adviser.
These predictions take into consideration providing a good salary, and the job having manageable entry requirements.
The 10 worst jobs for the future mention such careers such as floral designer and furniture finisher. Also getting a mention are door to door sales person and gaming cashier. Not coincidentally, many of these jobs involved handwork and craft work that can eventually become automated.
Says Ari Katz, CEO of Boston City Campus & Business College, “ It’s up to the learner to stay ahead of the machine by teaching themselves valuable skills, staying relevant in their workplaces by learning to operate the new tech and investing and owning the new tech!”
“Everyone should keep an eye out for automation, but if there is a lesson to be learned from these best and worst job lists, it’s that education can help people adapt to digitization/robotization of jobs,” says Katz.
Computer systems analysts analyse data processing problems to develop and improve computer systems. With 53 000 new positions projected by 2026, and an average salary of up to a R700 000 per year, IT seems a great place to start to develop a lucrative career.
Software systems developers develop operating systems, and network software. The projected new positions for developers is double that of computer analysts in the USA.
A growth is predicted in the need for physical therapists who help patients recover from illnesses and injuries, indicating that this is a position that cannot be automated.
Teachers – here’s one for you! Another position that cannot be replaced by machines is for Elementary school teachers, they teach young children basic skills in schools..
Computer and information systems managers plan, direct, and coordinate computer systems. With a Systems Development Diploma from Boston or Network Systems Diploma under your belt, you are looking at entering one of a projected 43 000 new jobs by 2026, and an earning potential starting at close to R200 000 per year.
An alternative to studying a medical degree would be to study business and then enter the medical industry as a Medical and health services manager. With the explosion and regulation of healthcare services and medical insurance there is a need for these graduates to plan, direct, or coordinate health services.
Lawyers represent clients in legal situations. While this is not a ‘new’ career, it is one in demand. The Boston bachelor of Commerce in Law will prepare garduates to assist companies and employees.
Accountants and auditors examine, analyse, and interpret accounting records. Projected job opportunities are huge as these graduates can slot into almost any business not only to do the books, but also to successfully run the companies.
The Boston Bachelor of Accounting will set you on this career path successfully!
Financial managersdirect financial activities at organizations. With a large earning potential, there are many positions available for a graduate with financial skills – nearly double that of IT developers!
General and operations managers plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of organizations. With the Boston BCom in Marketing Management, because it has specialisations in both marketing as well as financial management, you are all set to start off in a business and eventually grow into directing its operations.
Katz comcludes that there is an appropriate career for every learner, and believes in matching skills and interests to your career. “This is the formula for success. A motivated student, an ambitious graduate”, he says.
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