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What Careers Does a World of 7 Billion People Need?

According to the Census Bureau, the world's population is close to reaching seven billion. With such an increase in the number of people along with a tough job market, it's important to choose a career that will be in high demand in the near future. Read about a few growing career fields here.

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Healthcare and Social Services Careers

Illnesses such as obesity, cancer, and diabetes are on the rise, which means that more medical professionals will be needed to research cures and improve preventive treatments. As the number of patients increase, the need for more healthcare workers and caregivers will also rise; these include physical therapists, audiologists, health educators, nurses, and speech language pathologists, among others.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that certain career fields would grow in the next decade due to the increased need for elderly care. For instance, jobs in both practical medicine and medical research are predicted to increase drastically in the next decade as people seek more ways to increase their life span.

Technology Careers

There is also a great need for jobs in the field of information technology due to today's increasingly digitized world and constant technological advances. Professionals who design new tech products, such as software engineers, and those who maintain and repair technological equipment will continue to be in demand.

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More Creative Careers

Many careers in technology overlap with careers that require creativity, such as graphic designing, desktop publishing, and civil engineering. Such careers require a balance of advanced technological skills and an innovative mindset. Civil engineers will also be in high demand in order to build more buildings and roads to keep up with the expanding human population.

Scared about the Future?

It's normal to be concerned about what the future holds. However, if you pay close attention to the job market by studying growth trends, you'll learn what steps to take in order to increase your value as an employee both now and in the future. Stay up-to-date in your career field, and learn and acquire the essential skills to be up to par in this global job market.

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