As we begin the year, now is the time to create a new career plan with a new vision for 2020. Take advantage of this time of year to begin thinking about what you want from your career in the new year. To help you use 2020 vision to target and clearly focus on important issues facing the workplace, you’ll find key articles referencing trends for the upcoming year.
So whether you are actively job seeking or plan to look, use this time to begin researching the marketplace outside of your current employer. Learn what lies on the horizon and what you can do to position yourself as valuable.
What Are The Hot Trends In The Labor Market?
LinkedIn’s 2019 Emerging Jobs Report takes a look at LinkedIn data and provides a list of top jobs and other trends impacting today’s work. Here are some of what I think you should pay attention to, but please, go read the full report for your own interpretation:
- Hiring growth for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning has grown 74% annually in the past 4 years and encompasses a few different titles (artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer).
- Online learning is part of the multibillion-dollar e-learning industry and is staffing up.
- Remote work is more than a perk. It’s being offered by more employers. (It’s my observation that the challenge is how to best find these opportunities.)
- A lower cost of living and expanded availability of remote work have created opportunities in a number of smaller U.S. cities. The top secondary cities with emerging job markets are Austin, Raleigh-Durham, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Charlotte.
Learn new technology related to AI or machine learning or at least understand how this will impact your role. What repetitive tasks could AI replace in your organization and will you need to interact with it?
If your new career plan includes exploring new opportunities outside your company, keep in mind, your next employer could be located ANYWHERE. Currently, only some employers are open to remote employees, but you never know, you could be one of the first.
Top Emerging Jobs
If you aren’t familiar with some of these titles, check out LinkedIn’s report for more details and unique skills required.
- Artificial Intelligence Specialist
- Robotics Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Full Stack Engineer
- Site Reliability Engineer
- Customer Success Specialist
- Sales Development Representative
- Data Engineer
- Behavioral Health Technician
- Cybersecurity Specialist
- Back End Developer
- Chief Revenue Officer
- Cloud Engineer
- Product Owner
There are some new titles here and they tend to be rather specialized. Take note if you are a generalist that upping skills/knowledge in specific areas may do you well as you move along in your new career plan.
Target Best Places To Work
Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2020 Revealed contains a list of 100 companies for U.S. Large Employers (defined as more than 1,000 employees). Plus a list of U.S. Small & Medium Companies (fewer than 1,000 employees).
If you are looking for a new job/career in 2020, review these companies and use them to build your target list.
20 Big Ideas that will change your world in 2020 features the editors’ predictions for what’s next in 2020.
From flexible work, to streaming wars to mental health. These predictions capture global trends as well as US trends that could have a major impact in the coming year. This piece highlights some interesting topics.
We live in an interconnected world and changes in technology will impact what happens here (and to you).
My 2020 Thoughts
Here are my thoughts on possible trends to watch in 2020. From where I sit, in the world between recruiting and job seekers, there are several trends I think will be interesting to watch in 2020.
Here’s what I’m watching:
- Broader use of artificial intelligence/machine learning
- Increasing acceptance for remote work
- Demand for services related to environment/climate
Artificial Intelligence (AI) | I’m not suggesting that robots will take your job. However, I can’t help but notice the chatbots on every website I visit. We are going to see more of this everywhere.
Remote Work | “95 percent of U.S. knowledge workers want to work remotely, and 74 percent would be willing to quit a job to do so”, according to a 2019 study by Zapier. Finding remote job opportunities remains a challenge. Employers are just beginning to figure out how to promote remote opportunities from the terminology they use to how they categorize the jobs.
Services Jobs | Services related to climate will certainly gain greater demand as we continue to think about global warming. It is beyond my expertise to predict all the new services in this growing area, but one thing is for sure, there is great potential in environment-related services and offerings.
Steps to a New Career Plan In 2020
- To keep yourself up to date and in the know, start off the new year by learning more about topics that could impact your career. Or explore new career options by reading and listening to podcasts.
- Take an online class in something that interests you. There are two reasons for this. First, you reenergize your brain by learning and second it exposes you to new technology used in learning.
- Read more about your industry and occupation.
- Begin talking to people who work in areas that interest you.
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About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!