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The Top 10 Jobs For The New Year

As the economy continues to fluctuate in an increasingly volatile geo-political landscape, re-inventing ourselves through skills development and broadening our personal scope to look beyond the horizon is important to stay relevant and increase our chances of gaining employment.

While some may choose to follow their passion, and a few may inherit careers and businesses from their families, a majority are left to beg the question: What is in store for me?

According to “The Future of Jobs” 2016 report by the World Economic Forum, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.

In many industries and countries, the most in-demand occupations or specialties did not exist a decade or even five years ago, and the pace of change is only set to accelerate.

So what’s on the cards and trending right now?

Cyber security

cyber-securityConnectivity and cyber crime go hand in hand and those who are experts in the area of information security, Internet crime prevention and digital crime investigation are primed to be Masters of the Matrix.

App Developers

app-developerAccording to Nielson, 89% of consumer time spent on media is through mobile apps — no wonder that Android and iOS App developers are in popular demand. Apple leads the charge for aspirational career with its annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), on an exclusive application basis only.

Urban Planning

urban-planningThe new buzz word – Smart City. A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets – the city’s assets include, but not limited to, local departments information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power etc. Enter the Smart Planner, combining urban growth with tech expertise.

International Relations

international-relationsA connected world is also the perfect foil for experts in Internationals relations, where analysis and understanding of foreign policy is considered against a backdrop of globalization. This career just came into its own big time.

Digital Marketing Specialist

digital-marketing-specialistAs the buyer journey morphs into the online world, marketing follows down the rabbit hole. Social media Execs, Market Research Data Miners, Online experts, Big Data Analysts and SEO specialists rule and online analytics are the new playground. When was the last time you received an offer by post?

Social Influencer / Blogger

social-influencer-bloggerTo put it in perspective, there are multi-million dollar social influencers and bloggers out there that started with one person or a group of individuals following their passion.

Huffington Post — Founded by Kenneth Lerer, Andrewe Breitbart, Jonah Peretti, and the eponymous Arianna Huffington.

TechCrunch — Founded and created by Michael Arrington in 2005

Gawker — A New York City based blog founded by Nick Denton, that offers news and gossip on “all things Manhattan”.

Start small, aim high…the Huffington Post is the world’s most popular blog with 110 million unique monthly users.

Chief Listening Officer

chief-listening-officerJust when you thought there couldn’t be any more C ‘something’ O combination of job titles — this role is a step up from the social media manager job and trending right now. The CLO keeps an eye on all social media activity, as well as face-to-face communication with customers i.e. how effective is the company’s communication efforts.

Chief People Officer

chief-people-officerA CPO is the highest rung of the Human Resources ladder, responsible not only for a company’s staff, but also its culture — in other words, its values, ethics, mission, and how it creates a working environment in which employees can thrive. According to LinkedIn, 80 percent of a company’s operating expenses are talent related, so this looks like a key growth opportunity rather than an HR brand refit.

Mechatronics Engineer

MECHATRONICS ENGINEERAnother traditional skill split open by a tech attack. Mechatronics is a blend of mechanics, electronics, information technology and computers. Perfect for the modern Millennial, it provides entry into electrical or mechanical engineering as before, but also software development.

Cloud Services Specialist

CLOUD SERVICES SPECIALISTThese are the tech experts proficient in the devices, mechanisms and tech of cloud storage technologies and services. In the 5 years up to 2013 alone, cloud computing specialist jobs saw growth of a staggering 1,700%. A safe bet for a good career choice.


This is not to say that this list is definitive by any means and familiar roles still have career longevity. According to the Forbes “The Hottest Predicted Fields Of 2016 List”, of positions that require a college degree, registered nurses ranked as the number one biggest growing occupation. The rest of their top 5 lists software developers, sales managers, marketing managers, and medical / health services managers.

The key factor will be time to entry and lifestyle flexibility for Gen Y, with work / life balance and variety top of their list when it comes to their future.

Now that you are familiar with trending careers, take a look at how to build a strong social media presence for your personal and professional gains.

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