The latest information from the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a career trends article in Forbes magazine online, says that 19 million new payroll jobs will be created in the decade until 2014. That's one new job for every seven that exists right now.
The largest increase in sheer numbers and the fastest-growing jobs are projected to be in professional occupations like accountants, teachers, and network systems and data communications analysts. Quite a few will be in relatively new career fields, like nanotechnology and geospatial technology, and others yet to be created. Remember, before the advent of the Internet, could we even imagine the need for Web Copywriters?
For an interesting look into the "hot" career fields of the future, as well as emerging careers, you only have to go to careervoyages.com which is free and part of the O'NET Occupational Information Network. You'll find information on careers, specific jobs, and industries, including salary information at the national and state levels.
It's probably a good idea to begin scoping out careers of the future - you may be in for more career transitions than you had anticipated. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we currently can expect 3-5 career changes in our lifetimes, with 10-14 job changes. You may not want to re-train extensively for a brand new career field, but a skills gap analysis could turn up viable possibilities that could fit into your career future without too much difficulty.
And that career future could be longer than you imagined...
Dr. Shripad Tuljapurkar, a biologist and researcher at Stanford University, recently stated at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in St. Louis, Missouri that anti-aging advances could raise life expectancy by a year each year over the next two decades.
"The age of retirement should be raised to 85 by 2050 because of trends in life expectancy," said Dr. Tuljapurkar as he explained the economic consequences of the anti-aging advances.
What career choices and career transitions would you make with a working lifespan of 65 years?