Careers from Past to Present

Careers from Past to Present

By: Stephanie Munez | Special Projects Assistant
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Fifty years ago, many workers did not need previous experience or a post-secondary education to get a job because anything they needed to know would be taught on the job. The labour force predominantly consisted of men and switching careers was uncommon because most people would spend around 40 years in one job or industry.

Nowadays, most jobs have higher qualifications and increased competition. The increased competition places more emphasis on making your resume stand-out due to online applications and keyword searches help speed up the application process. Moreover, employers tend to be seeking candidates with more experience. The experience could be obtained through paid, co-op, summer or contract work as well as volunteering. In addition, the methods employers share career opportunities has also increased by having them available on job banks online, LinkedIn, twitter, related associations and company websites. With regards to higher qualifications, job seekers are constantly required to expand their skill set, especially their knowledge and abilities related to technology.

Technological advancements have made career options limitless. Job seekers can easily hear of opportunities across the country or on the other side of the planet because of the Internet. Advancements in the transportation systems allow workers to relocate or go on business trips in under a day. Job seekers now also have the option of starting their own business because again so many resources and tips are available online and social media is a cost-saving form of marketing to grow that particular business. You may hear this time and time again, but it’s true: technological advancements are changing our lives, with one of the aspects being the labour market. Some jobs are being phased out because machines are replacing some people, but in other cases, some jobs are being created to manage these new technologies.  In a Forbes article, they discuss 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago. Here are three blossoming careers:  

Mobile Application Developer

Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, over a million apps have been created and over $15 billion in revenues were generated. There is a high demand for new and innovative apps, and as a result, more application programmers and developers are needed. According to the article, there are over 16,000 job postings for mobile app developers.   

Elder Care

As the baby boomers age, more job opportunities have opened up to address legal concerns, residential facilities, and end-of-life consulting. Knowledge of the healthcare system and customer service are essential skills for these positions.

Sustainability Expert

Companies are always interested in sustainability practices to save money on power bills and take advantage of increasing tax rebates for participating in sustainability initiatives. According to the article, a degree in environmental science or business management would be useful in this career because projects include developing new workflows, recycling and waste reduction, and supplier sustainability evaluation.

With these new positions and jobs, competition isn’t as high because most people probably have not heard of the occupation or very few people may be qualified for it. It is hard to determine what skills or qualifications you would need for the future, but there are a few steps you can do each year to help you gain transferrable skills for these new jobs. Read this article for some tips.

Lead image from Fast Track Auto.

Posted on November 15, 2013