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New careers new world and new you – preparing for a future that matters

By Natalie Rabson on behalf of Boston City Campus 

You can’t predict the future; none of us foresaw this pandemic that’s for sure! But data experts can strongly recommend 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 or will be well-paying? And what jobs will expand dramatically as the world recovers from Covid19? There was already a tendency for redundancy as certain jobs were being phased out due to new tech and IT innovations. We need to upskill and upgrade our CVs. 

  Have a look below at the jobs with the strongest and weakest growth rates (Using data from the USA Bureau of Labour Statistics), 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, and Personal Financial Adviser. 

  These predictions take into consideration a world post Covid19, providing a good salary, as well as the job having manageable entry requirements.

  The 10 worst jobs for the future mention such careers such as floral designer and furniture finisher, door to door sales person and gaming cashier. Not coincidentally, these jobs cannot be done remotely, and also many involve handwork and craft work that may eventually become automated. 

  Says Jerome Van Der Merwe, Branch manager at Boston, “It’s up to the learner to stay ahead of the curve by ensuring they acquire valuable skills, staying relevant in their workplaces by learning to operate the new tech.”

 “Automation has helped us operate in Covi19 world, it’s that education can help people adapt to a new world of remote learning, remote working, and digitization of jobs,” he says.

  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 are 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. And the same goes for elementary teachers. 

  Computer and information systems managers plan, direct, and coordinate computer systems. With a Systems Development Diploma or Network Systems Diploma from Boston 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.

  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 managers direct 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.

  Jerome concludes that there is an appropriate career for every learner, and believes in matching skills and interests to your career path. “This is the formula for success. A motivated student becomes an ambitious graduate,” he says.

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