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Which jobs are on the rise for 2021 and beyond?

LinkedIn’s latest “Jobs on the Rise” report shows a shift in employment opportunities from tech jobs to more personalized service roles due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the business and employment online service, the three areas with the most opportunities are:

  • Medical workers
  • Digital transformation roles
  • Remote work

Some of these jobs can be filled from anywhere, but many of these workers will still come to an office space, providing potential benefits for larger metropolitan areas, like Houston, which are experiencing a glut of commercial space largely due to the pandemic and a decline in the oil and gas sector.

Medical

The coronavirus has disrupted the world’s economy, creating a need for many types of healthcare workers. It is estimated that 230,000 jobs are currently open in the U.S. for roles, such as:

  • Nurses
  • Mental health professionals
  • Healthcare supporting staff

Digital transformation

The way we communicate has profoundly changed during the pandemic. The demands for workers with digital skills is only increasing and it is estimated that 150 million technology-related jobs will be created in the next five years, including:

  • Artificial intelligence practitioners
  • Digital marketing professionals
  • Data science specialists
  • Digital content creators
  • User experience professionals
  • Specialized engineers

Remote work

The pandemic has greatly contributed to the need for remote workers. LinkedIn reports that as of November 2020, it has seen a 15% increase in remote job listings. These include:

  • Teachers and other education professionals
  • Mortgage and loan specialists
  • E-commerce professionals
  • Sales and business development specialists
  • Personal and professional coaches
  • Workplace diversity experts

LinkedIn’s findings resulted from identifying career categories seeing the highest year-to-year increase and included more than 15,000 job titles. The trends reflect job postings from April 2020 to October 2020, compared to 2019 data.

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