Does it feel a bit premature to say “move aside, millennials”?
It may indeed, but with all the attention that the millennials have received over the past decade or so, there comes a point where we need to focus on the next group in the pecking order. These are the individuals born between the years of 1995 and 2010 — they are Generation Z.
Generation Z includes a number of young people who are starting to enter, and are already in, the workforce. While the lion’s share of Generation Z is still in school, many in colleges and universities, there are still huge numbers who are working their way into the labor pool. Though millennials (or, Generation Y, by another name) make up the majority of America’s workforce currently, the oldest millennials are now well into their 30s. And Generation Z is primed to pick up the proverbial baton and run with it.
For members of Generation Z, there are a number of things they can learn from millennials. Being prepared for college and the workforce is first among them, and it looks as though Gen Z will have a leg up on their precursors in that they won’t have to deal with the direct fallout of the Great Recession. But many millennials made decisions that didn’t serve them well as they went to work. Student debt and low earnings have plagued them, and members of Gen Z would be wise to take note.
Generation Z: the tough decisions start now
So, what kinds of jobs should Generation Z be gunning for? CareerCast is on top of it, having just released a new report detailing the top ten jobs for Gen Z. These jobs aren’t merely the highest-paying gigs; they’re the areas where the most job and career growth is expected. There should be plenty of opportunities, in other words, to build a career in these specific areas.
From CareerCast’s report, here are the top 10 jobs for Generation Z.