If you’re thinking about embarking on a new career path or considering starting a business on Zoondy, it helps to know where the jobs are going to be. America has been undergoing a major upheaval over the past couple of decades as we have moved from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. The 2010-20 employment predictions prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics clearly tell the story.

The industries expected to suffer the greatest wage and employment declines over the next decade are primarily in manufacturing and government jobs. However, social, economic and technological changes are also making some jobs obsolete:

  • Declining jobs in newspaper, book publishing, printing, motion picture and sound recording reflect the move to digital media.
  • The apparel industry has moved overseas resulting in the shuttering of fiber, yarn and thread mills.
  • Automation and computer-controlled grid systems are responsible for decreasing utility jobs.

On the other hand, the same forces that are causing some industries to decline are driving growth in other industries. According to the Department of Labor, the greatest employment growth over the next decade is expected to be in health care, personal care, social assistance and construction:

  •  The aging Baby Boomer generation is creating tremendous job growth in healthcare and personal care fields, particularly for nurses, physical and occupational therapy assistants, audiologists, dental hygienists, medical equipment technicians, laboratory assistants, and home healthcare aides. Fully one-third of new jobs created over the next decade are expected to be in health care and related fields.
  • America’s aging infrastructure is expected to create strong job growth not only in the construction trades but also in engineering and architecture.  More than a quarter of new jobs created are predicted to be in the construction trades, although construction employment levels are expected to remain below 2007 pre-recession figures.
  • Even our infatuation with our pets is impacting the job market, driving increased demand for veterinarians, vet techs and vet assistants.

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