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High Demand Future Jobs 2050: How to Read Related Articles

Updated on June 20, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Asgardia, the first Space Nation, formed October 2016.
Asgardia, the first Space Nation, formed October 2016. | Source

Top Five Industries of the Future

The future of business and employment through the year 2050 is in:

  1. Earth-Side Health & Medical Services
  2. Aerospace and Aviation Products and Services
  3. Low-Earth Orbit Health and Medical Research and Services
  4. Information Technology, and
  5. New Types of Products and Services.

In 2016, the US began building mining machinery and habitats for the moon and near-Earth asteroids. NASA's and an independent organizations missions to Mars has been progressing, with NASA training two new classes of astronauts specifically for this in 2013 and 2017. the US and Japan have a combined air force to combat space debris and patrol the heavens.

People of Earth, including me, have formed the first nation state in space, Asgardia. Its first satellite was launched to look for a site for a space station in 2017.

All these developments point to ermerging new jobs off the planet.

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Outer space will provide untold numbers of new jobs. This ship is from SpaceX, contracted to take supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station and near-Earth asteroids.One of the most-used launch pads in America: Cape Canaveral.
Outer space will provide untold numbers of new jobs. This ship is from SpaceX, contracted to take supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station and near-Earth asteroids.
Outer space will provide untold numbers of new jobs. This ship is from SpaceX, contracted to take supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station and near-Earth asteroids. | Source
One of the most-used launch pads in America: Cape Canaveral.
One of the most-used launch pads in America: Cape Canaveral. | Source
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Spaceports Are Open For Business

The United States of America already has 12 Spaceports operating and open to the public within its borders. Canada also has one.

Many of these ports will be used in the asteroid mining business, along with private commercial spaceports under construction in Texas. Additional companies plan to build spaceports across the USA.

Look for many new articles about air flight and aerospace industries in the future.

Get to Know What the Numbers Mean

It is very important to understand how statistics are used and misused in news articles to the extent that they give a mistaken or purposely false picture of employment trends in the United States. This knowledge is simple to acquire, if readers who dislike mathematics will use some very simple techniques for understanding.

Opinions, Projections, and Propaganda

It is interesting to read across the menu of Top Jobs advocated by a group of individuals and agencies; business analysts and forecasters, financial analysts, employment specialists, marketing pros, labor unions, government officials and departments, and leading business, financial, and economic publications in print and on the Internet.

Each group gathers information and arranges it to make sense in a certain trend and recommendations, and presents it in various ways - some pretty solid, others rather biased, and some incorrect or manipulative.

It is important to look closely at some articles that recommend jobs for now and in the future.

One fact to consider is that government projections or forecasts include several categories and the ones I see referenced most often are

  • Numbers of new jobs estimated to be created within a decade of years and
  • Percentage increase in jobs from start to finish of a 10-year period.

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A Closer Reading Required

An instructor once taught my class : "You can't just read news articles, you have to read news articles, and by that I mean analyze their validity."

One question to approach when reading about hot jobs is how the opinion was formed and what facts contributed to it.

To whit, if an article presents a Top 5 Jobs for the Future, are all the right statistics there? --

  • Is every one of the 5 percentages of increase over a projected decade (like 1900 - 1910) listed, along with the total numbers of new jobs expected in the same 10 years for each of the five jobs? Or
  • At least one set of 5 percentages or one set of 5 numbers-of-jobs ?

If some of the data is missing or if some percentages and some numbers are used, then the 5 jobs titles can be put into any order and a reader might assume that the first listed is the fastest increasing job. This may be intentional, sloppy, a result of a lack of time, or something else.

How To Sort Out Confusion and Bias

The title of one article I read included the feature "Five Hot Jobs", but listed and discussed seven separate job titles in seven different industries and did not list a 1,2,3,4,and 5 hottest job ranking, or any ranking at all.

This presentation was disconcerting and likely confused many readers who kept looking for numbers 6 and 7 in the ranking...which was not evident, either.

After looking up all the percentages and numbers-of-increase with the US Department. of Labor, BLS, and various stats agencies, I noticed that the job title listed first in the article was one that will likely increase substantially in numbers, but these numbers can be overtaken by a more high-tech job title by the end of a 10-year period examined.

The article spoke of:

  • Percentage increase in one job title and
  • Numbers of new jobs in another job title, but
  • These two cannot be compared with each other -- One must compare a) percentages with percentages and b) numbers of jobs with numbers of jobs. Comparing a percentage in one job with a raw number in a another job yields what is classified officially as a meaningless statistic.

We know that 50% may equal 5 jobs in one case, yet 5,000 in another case and still be 50% in both (Example : 50% of 10 = 5, but 50% of 10,000 = 5,000. Which would be the "hotter" job?).

At the same time, we may see a 2% increase in one job title that represents a greater NUMBER of jobs than a 10% increase in another (Example: 2% of 518, 000 = 51,800, while 10% of 4,200 = 420. Which job is increasing fastest?).

You can use either the Percentage or the Numbers, as long as you are as consistent as possible within a report.

Occasionally, a percent or a number is just not available or has not been computed yet. In addition, US States and Communities may have a different opinion about growth in different jobs in their local areas.

Does It Make Sense?

How many articles in the past year have you read that make no sense statistically or otherwise?

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Healthcare Employment Opportunities Surge

Some bias in Internet reporting is that nurses comprise the top hot job in the country through 2018. However, this is only a 22.37% increase from 2008 to 2018. That's approximately 581,500 new jobs. The percentage was not stated in the article.

The percentage is no match for the 72% increase in Biomedical Engineers projected from 2008 - 2018, which is already evident in regions like the Ohio Space Corridor.

"Biomedical engineer" is the government-predicted top hot job by percentage increase and my opinion is that the job title will expand in vacancies through 2050. So will nursing, but I think it will probably be overtaken by biomedical engineers for a time. Afterward, I think we will have a new profession called "Biomedical Registered Nurse."

"Physical therapist (PT)" has been the highest demand job in America 2000 - 2014, but was overtaken in 2014 by new truck driving jobs, although it remains in high demand.

Example: Number of Physical Therapist Job Openings

Fourth Quarter 2012

  • 263,000 physical therapy job openings, up by +20,000 over same period 2010.

Fourth Quarter 2015:

  • 270,000+ Job listings were presented throughout the quarter.
  • The largest number of PT jobs are consistently located in Houston, Texas, the state always requiring the most new physical therapists.

Largest Companies Hiring in the US

  • Genesis Rehabilitation
  • HCA Health Care
  • Advanced Medical
  • Career Management Services and Staffing
  • US Navy and Navy Reserve
  • Genesis Healthcare
  • HCR Manorcare
  • Frenesis

Biomedical Science Center, University of Michigan, 2010.
Biomedical Science Center, University of Michigan, 2010.

The Top Five Jobs Projected

I regularly hear from IT people that ask why Software Engineers or Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts are not in the Top 5 or 10 Hot Jobs in all states and cities. The following table will be pleasant news.

The demand for IT professionals has become proverbial.

Table 1. Top 5 Jobs by Percentage (%) Increase

JOB TITLE 
Percentage Increase 2008 - 2018
Numbers Increase 2008 - 2018 
TOP 5 JOBS
 
 
Biomedical Engineers
72.00%
12,000 
Network Systems and Data Communication Analysts
53.40%
156,000
Home Health Aides
50.00%
461,000
Personal and Home Care Aides
46.00%
376,000
Financial Examiners
41.20%
11,000
 
 
 
Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Projections 2008-2018, Table 7. Data cherry picked for presentation of a biased employment article.

Inaccurate and Incomplete Reporting

Interestingly, an article I examined regarding the five highest demand jobs to be advertised through 2018 listed these jobs titles in this order, but listed six job titles:

  1. "Nurses" (Apparently at all levels of training, but none was specified; so, is this a short term LPN certificate or a four year BSN degree, or what exactly?)
  2. Biomedical Engineers,
  3. Networks Systems Managers and Data Communications Analysts,
  4. Veterinarians,
  5. Software Engineers, and
  6. Financial Examiners.

Actual Top Five Jobs to 2018 from the US Bureau of Statistics

(Listed in order of largest number of jobs to smallest number of jobs).

  1. Home Health Aides: This is fine, except that a growing number of HHA agencies are requiring specific training and a certificate to become an HHA.
  2. Registered Nurses: This means at least two years of training and a license. This job title was first on the first until early 2017, but now in in second place.
  3. Customer Service Representatives
  4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  5. Personal and Home Care Aides

Errors in the Original Article

  1. It compared some percentages with numbers, which we cannot do legitimately. We must compare percents with percents and number with numbers to be fair and accurate.
  2. It left out either the percentages or the numbers for a few job titles altogether.
  3. It also chose six job titles that were not all in the actual Top Five for either percentage rank or number rank.

Interpretation

This was a poorly designed and unfairly written article that confused the public.

My Jobs Forecast Through 2050

My opinion is that the best advertised career choices through 2050 in Health and Aerospace will most often include:

  1. Biomedical Engineers: Read peer-reviewed journals and online news from the NIH, universities, and hospitals regarding the development of new jobs and the industries that support them.
  2. Other Health and Medical positions: You may even start as a nurse, but you might keep studying to become a Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Physical Therapy Supervisor. You might open your own PT clinic. An aging and growing population always needs more health and medical services. Do not forget about new methods of replacing damaged limbs and organs, like 3D printing, growing new organs within the body, and others.
  3. IT Jobs: Engineers, managers, systems, and network positions join new emerging jobs in a wide range of fields, especially in Health and Aerospace
  4. Business and Finance Analysts and Examiners, including forensic accounting, international business, and emerging business accounting on the moon, low-Earth orbit asteroids, and Mars.
  5. Retail, Food and other Sales and Service: Advancement in these jobs is available into management and ownership. Plans are underway to open these jobs off planet as Mission to Mars progresses.

See the information presented below to learn what major economic forecasters agree with me.

Kiplinger Job Projections

The Kiplinger magazine, newsletters, and website have a track record of accuracy in US economic and employment forecasts.

Speech Therapy and other healthcare measures will be in even higher demand in 2024 than they are today!
Speech Therapy and other healthcare measures will be in even higher demand in 2024 than they are today! | Source

Kiplinger Highest Demand Jobs to 2025

  1. Speech Language Pathologist: This is a high demand occupation in the 2010s and many college students are either entering into its study or adding a core of its study to another health care profession.
  2. Community Service Manager: Social services are in growing high demand among aging Baby Boomers and Generation X, among people with low incomes, and refugees. These services have spawned additional Community Based Organizations that need effective management and staff.
  3. Computer Systems Analyst (IT): The demand for IT professionals at all levels in all fields has become proverbial at all levels.

  4. Applications Developer (IT)
  5. Registered Nurse (RN License): This might be the RN, BSN, MSN, or higher educational attainment. We have a severe nursing shortage that will grow.
  6. Information Security Analyst (IT)
  7. Health Services Manager: Healthcare is a major issue in US and the world.
  8. Medical Sonographer: An Associate's Degree can get you over $66,000 median annual salary.
  9. Physical Therapist (PT) : This was the Number One Job to fill from 2000 - 2012, but is still in high demand and makes a lucrative career.
  10. Nurse Practitioner (NP): These professionals lower the cost of healthcare overall, perform cutting edge research, and earn a salary of $90,000+ annual at the median.

US News and World Report Job Projections

US News and World Report researchers add jobs in finance and entrepreneurship to the list of high demand career fields noted by Kiplinger, extending to 2025.

Forbes company officials add:

  1. Retail Salespeople and Customer Service Reps;
  2. Home Health Aides (HHAs),
  3. Office Clerks,
  4. Food Service and/or Prep Workers,
  5. Truck Drivers (already in highest demand), and
  6. University/College/Vocational School Instructors.

Sources

  • Active USAF CAP member announcements.
  • American Psychological Association conference notes; June - August 2017.
  • Ohio Space Grant Consortium. www.osgc.org/ Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  • The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship alumni announcements.
  • NASA Business Opportunities; www.nasa.gov/about/business/index.html Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  • NASA. NASA Selects Over 100 Small Business Projects to Advance Space Innovation. March 8, 2017. https://tinyurl.com/ya69lrd9 Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  • The Guardian US, UK. Will jobs exist in 2050? Charlotte Seager. October 13, 2016.www.theguardian.com/careers/2016/oct/13/will-jobs-exist-in-2050 Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  • US Bureau of Labor, Department of Statistics.

© 2010 Patty Inglish

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    • M. Engebawy, PhD profile image

      M. Engebawy, PhD 6 years ago from Overland Park, Kansas, USA

      It is not the first time to read/hear about Biomedical and Aerospace Engineering jobs will be in future demands.

      Being in the engineering field myself, one of my colleagues tried to convince my son to consider those options, but he decided on Mechanical Engineering, so traditional!

      In the meantime, I think very few universities in the US are offering Biomedical Engineering Degree.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I think you're right and I will look up those universities - some in Canada too, maybe.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Patty, you have done a great research and a wonderful job here.

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      A la carte 6 years ago from Australia

      Really interesting and obviously a lot of research here...thanks for passing this on to us:)

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! Each Hub gets Better.

      Thank you for sharing such good information. voted up - tweeted.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      You offer really complete information. Many thanks to you.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Great information, I am always looking for information to share with students regarding careers. Thanks.

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      MKayo 6 years ago from Texas

      As usual, you have led me to learn a few new things about the future demand for these sort of careers. Thanks again!

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Agree with all the positive comments above !

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      I definitely see a boom for jobs in the Biomedical field.

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      pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

      Knowing the future of high demand jobs can be very helpful in planning your studies. Nice hub.

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      Prem Jha 6 years ago

      Hi All,

      The apply for all category Government job and education related information news .

      Thank you

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      AliYoung 6 years ago

      But the question is not the highest rating but the hight earning. Less work, more money,right?

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      successfull 6 years ago from Scarborough, Ontario Canada

      This is detailed. Thanks for sharing

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      Lili 5 years ago

      I'm planning to study biomedical engineering ...and i hope the nr of jobs for biomedical engineers increases because right now it doesn't seem so bright.

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      humberto63 5 years ago

      Exelente informacion, porque tenemos un hijo en el ultimo ano de high school y el escogio su carrera en IT, ahora estamos mas felices que el se enfoco hacia el futuro, gracias por su informacion y esperamos que lo sigan haciendo al mantenernos al dia con las carreras del futuro.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      You're welcome; thanks for commenting about the Hub and its appropriateness, especially in high school classes - like career planning. IT is an ever-growing field.

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