Choosing a career that you love is important, but unfortunately there’s little guarantee that you will pick a job field that has staying power. Job trends change regularly, and consumer needs change as well. As technology changes, machines have replaced some jobs that used to be completed by people. At the same time, as new scientific discoveries are made, new jobs arise, and jobs emerge that weren’t as important a few years ago.
Currently, the national interest in going green is affecting the job market; people who work in or are studying careers that are environmentally conscious, have a positive outlook for the future. The increasing interest in health and well-being is also helping to make jobs in the field more abundant. While there’s no way to tell which jobs have permanent staying power and which might be needed for a few decades, the following five jobs are currently growing.
1. Green Construction Workers
As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, and especially, as Americans do, jobs that involve green practices are increasing and becoming more popular. Buildings have changed drastically over the years, and now some contractors are attempting to help the environment as they build. These buildings conserve energy and water and use renewable or recyclable materials. McGraw-Hill Construction estimates that by 2015 non-residential green building activity will represent $120-$140 billion in new construction (which means it will triple.) The idea of green jobs in general is growing significantly, with the demand for environmentally friendly work growing in many different job fields.