The Future of Your Job

Newspapers and magazines fold and die, auto plants shut down, brick and mortar stores fight to compete with online retailers—as the world progresses, our jobs evolve. Will your job still be around in the next 20 years? Marketplace just updated their career forecasting tool, which examines data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to figure out what your job outlook will look like in the next decade. Some obvious ones: Postal workers are going to have a tough time, but home health aides will be in demand because more people are getting old and would rather stay home with assisted care than lay in bed in a hospital all day. Something unexpected? Glaziers: Apparently, we need more people who know how to make glass. Perhaps that could be you! What do you do? Oh, I’m a glazier.

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cmcm (#267)

“Survey says: You’re in good shape. Sociologists and political scientists with strong quantitative skills are expected to have a lot of job opportunities. Some of these jobs will have other titles like market and research analysts. There will also be academic jobs opening up as older-profs retire.”

IS THIS REAL LIFE? This is the first time anyone/anything told me that I have a future.

EmmaG (#1,023)

@cmcm HA! I did the same search, though was put off by the “quantitative skills” part. :S

@cmcm Yeah weirdly political science and the other social sciences (especially economics) have much, much better prospects than most other academic disciplines. But yeah, you gotta get those quant skills. Any stats or econometrics class you take will be worth as much to the job market as every other course combined.

cmcm (#267)

@stuffisthings I’m starting a PhD in poli sci (in the UK) in a few months and have spent the last few weeks resigning myself to a life of poverty. But I do have quant skills! So maybe I will be okay after all!

arrr starr (#69)

@cmcm I agree with others that I think the quant thing is huge. If you’re learning the sort of statistical methods that you could jump in and do that sort of data-driven analysis that Target and other companies are using to drill down on their customer base, then there’s a lot of options in the private sector. Even if you’re not looking at private sector work, having those positions in demand for your skill set will siphon off a lot of graduates who otherwise would be competing for the same few academic jobs.

My mom works for a glass company and I can anecdotally confirm the need for glaziers on a very, very, very small scale.

@Anna Jayne@twitter She makes windows for dollhouses?

nutmeg (#1,383)

After two years of ‘medical leave’ (severe depression/eating disorder) my school accepted me back as a nursing student for this fall (two weeks left until my first class!). I can’t wait to start- I know that a lot of students went into nursing during the recession because nursing was seen as a guaranteed job upon graduation. But I want to go into it because I love science and I think women’s health is incredibly important; I want to work in a clinic setting helping other women to get the healthcare they need. I’ve gone to Planned Parenthood on multiple occasions because I don’t have a PCP or an OBGYN and they have always treated me with so much care and respect there that I feel I need to give back. I want to be a nurse because I want to help.

The fact it is a guaranteed job on graduating does not hurt, but it is also not the reason I want to get into this field.

la_di_da (#1,425)

So I was already looking for a more dynamic (read: less dying) industry than publishing, and this is actually rather helpful in narrowing down my choices to viable options. Social Scientist it is!

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