Career management is more than angling for the next promotion or salary raise. It’s about keeping your head up and catching a glimpse every now and then of where the future of work is trending. Those trends within the next decade may be your best crystal-ball-prediction of the career opportunities within your reach.
Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Labor keeps abreast of career trends. In the Bureau of Labor Statistics Economic News Release of February 1, 2012 (the latest release), career information abounds including:
- The 30 occupations with the largest project employment growth,
- The 30 occupations with the fastest projected employment growth,
- The 30 occupations with the largest project number of total job openings (2010-2020),
- The 20 industries with the largest projected wage and salary employment growth, and much more.
For a broader overview of career and workplace trends, read the Future of Work 10-part series in Time Magazine online. This forward-thinking article, published almost 4 years ago, pinpointed many of the trends that have already emerged in careers and in the workplace. The top 10 trends cited are:
1. High Tech, High Touch, High Growth
2. Training Manager to Behave (ethics in the business world)
3. The Search for the Next Perk (how benefits are changing)
4. We’re Getting Off the Ladder (career paths are no longer ladders)
5. Why Boomers Can’t Quit
6. Women Will Rule Business
7. It Pays to Save the Planet (green jobs and more)
8. When Gen X Runs the Show
9. Yes, We’ll Still Make Stuff (manufacturing trends)
10. The Last Days of Cubicle Life (telecommuting, virtual teams, and project work).
My top-pick books on this topic:
The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd (May 2010)
Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive In the New World of Work by Alison Maitlin and Peter Thomson (November 2011)
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier (March 2013)
We all know change is happening rapidly in the world of work. Invest in yourself and your career by staying informed about career and work trends. You will then be ideally positioned to leverage your motivated skills, talents, experience, personal brand, passions, and character strengths into jobs you can love!