Careers of Today That Didn't Exist Yesterday

Careers of Today That Didn't Exist Yesterday

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It is interesting how quickly the world changes, especially when it comes down career options.  As you know, the labour market is definitely different today than it was ten years ago. Some careers have disappeared while others have surfaced. You have probably come across a new job title and wondered to yourself: “What on earth is that?” and “How do I get that job?”  Either way, aside from all the societal and technological changes that have emerged, there are many factors that have contributed to the creation of new careers that otherwise would not have existed years ago. Take social media for example, as it has changed the marketing and communications industries. It contributed to new career choices, how we look and apply for work, and changed the way we conduct business. So, without further ado, here are some careers that definitely did not exist years ago:

  1. Patient Advocates - There are several kinds of advocates whose services may vary, but all of them want to ensure that the patient and his/her family are well informed and to make their current situation as easy as possible. Advocates may accompany patients to their appointments, to ensure that they receive the best care and treatment possible.
  2. Social Media Managers – This is an emerging and evolutionary extension of the marketing department. Social media managers act as a liaison between the company and the clients. Companies now interact with their customers in order to provide them with the best product/service possible. This position often includes monitoring Facebook and Twitter pages to answer any questions or feedback customers may have. With social media, there is no more 9-5, as sometimes you may be working outside work hours, which requires you to have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  3. Interior Redesigners – The current trend is trying to be green and sustainable, by reducing waste and re-using what we have. So instead of spending money on that new futon, why not use that money to hire an interior redesigner? These people will re-decorate your home with the things that you already own.
  4. Virtual Business Service Providers – With just an internet connection, many people are now forming their own companies and working from home by offering virtual customer service, concierge services, and even private consulting. Additionally, companies now outsource their customer service support to people who are willing to work from home and respond to customers’ needs, 24/7.
  5. User Experience Analyst – These people are paid to look at websites and find ways to make it easier, more pleasant, and more engaging for customers. They figure out ways to keep you on their website and how to make sure that your experience is memorable and useful.

These are just the tip of the iceberg on what you can do, now, today! Interestingly enough, Career Services acknowledges that the world is constantly changing, and that you are too. Here is an inspiring video, produced by Career Services, on the importance of exploring opportunities that could potentially land you in a career that you didn’t expect to be in, or you didn’t know existed.

 

 

Also, to read more about careers that didn’t exist 10 years ago, visit the CareerBuilder website.

Posted on March 28, 2013