“Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” sang Waylon Jennings. “Have them be doctors and lawyers and such.” Jennings was at least half right. As the economy sputters back to life, health care in all of its forms, is the number one area of job growth over the next ten years, and second place isn’t even close.
In 2020, the youngest Baby Boomer in the country will turn 60 years old. Retirement, which used to be a life changing event that started the day folks turn 65, is being delayed by workers. Age related illness, and increased workplace injuries are expected to help drive health care in the decade to come.
Breaking it down into pure numbers, over 16-million new jobs are expected to be created in the medical field alone by the turn of the next decade. That’s an increase of a whopping 81% over what has been created in the last ten years.
Perhaps Waylon Jennings should have suggested doctors and nurses and such.
Okay, even if health care is the be all and end all for the foreseeable future, are there any other fields primed for growth? Indeed. When the Great Recession hit construction projects stopped. Since that time roads and bridges have continued to deteriorate, and the infrastructure of the U. S. has been allowed to decay.
A recovering economy heralds the resumption of construction jobs, with fewer than 12-million expected to be created in the construction field in the next seven years. They cover the gamut from those requiring advanced degrees to those with an Associates degree.
Computers have been the wave of the future for so long that many of us can hardly remember when there wasn’t a P.C. in the corner of the room. While the demand for computer techs is expected to show steady growth, with 4,850,000 jobs in the next 10 years, the hybridization of computer expertise and skilled labor is a coming wave.
This is especially true in the field of automotive maintenance and repair. 10.5-million new jobs are expected to be created, due to the advanced technology under the hood of your new car. Gone are the days of a new car being replaced by a new car every three years? The trusted mechanic will have as much knowledge of computerized diagnostics as your 13-year-old son or daughter.
The job seeker can have success in the days to come. He or she just needs to know how to plan, and where to look after the planning is done.
About the Author
Kim Hastings is a published reporter and novelist with over 20 years writing experience in fields ranging from sports, to travel, to religion and philosophy as well as financial matters. He is a graduate of Northwest Christian University, has one son and lives with his wonderful wife DeeDee in Tacoma, Washington.