Career Trends: 10 increasingly important job profiles

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Edition: May 30th, 2021
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS

The pandemic has altered the job landscape. Some career options have become very important.
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Excerpts from article by Richa Dwivedi Saklani, published by The Hindu

We are hurtling towards a new world. While Engineering and Medicine continue to explode with possibilities, there are some other career options that are becoming increasingly important.

This list has been put together after exploring job sites, reports from consulting firms, online course popularity and guidance from professionals and professors at leading universities. The statistics for current jobs have been taken from a leading job search site.

1. UX Designers

Technology and creative skills together is a much sought-after combination in a transitioning world. As fashion, food, education and medical advice move to apps and websites, the demand for those who can design interfaces that create fulfilling interactions between people and products or services is rising.

2. Digital Media & Marketing Specialists

Today, social media leads the marketing efforts powered by digital content such as films, blogs, podcasts and online events. Those with a knack for watching, measuring and leveraging online trends are hugely valued by businesses across industries.

3. Customer Success Managers

People skills never go out of fashion. Customer Success Managers who work with clients to best use a software or system, skilling them, helping them articulate their needs and interfacing with technologists to customise offerings, are in huge demand. As are people who can open and build new customer relationships – or deepen the existing ones.

4. Teachers, Professors and Counsellors

With new schools, universities and courses being offered across the world (online and offline) the demand for educators across disciplines and levels has grown — from primary school teachers, to professors, to education counsellors who can help people make sense of these course offerings.

5. Talent Managers

As companies rejig their business strategies, they also need human resource professionals who can find and hire the best talent for a given job and also those who can reskill and prepare existing and emerging leaders.

6. Digital Content Creators

The unsung heroes of this pandemic, they provide an escape and sometimes a calming anchor. But filmmakers, illustrators, writers and animators can also visualise data, create product demonstrations, write compelling blogs, engage new and old clients and even educate millions.

7. Product, Industrial, Architectural and Interior designers

These jobs are for those who marry their visual-spatial creativity with technology. There is a tremendous demand for those who can design user-friendly and safe products using emerging technologies. With social distancing and WFH changing offices, homes and shopping centres, a redesign of all spaces is imminent.

8. Biotechnology

This highly interdisciplinary field that combines Biology with Medicine, Agriculture, Engineering, Statistics, Environmental Science, Chemistry and even Computer Science opens multiple paths.

Applied Research roles are growing across food technology and pharmaceuticals companies. Engineering roles in medical equipment manufacturers, hospitals, diagnostic centres and clinics are growing as are biostatistics and bioinformatics roles in clinical research organisations.

9. Data Analysts

Data Science involves a lot more than Maths. It is about insight into data through critical thinking; the why behind observed trends, which requires interdisciplinary skills to correlate diverse things such as the sales of smart phones with binge watching. It is about data visualisation that creates art that tells stories from observed data such as highlighting what emerging lingo means from millions of phone text transcripts.

There is a growing space here for writers, artists, psychologists and people with liberal arts education.

10. Computer Science

For those with a passion for coding, software offers tremendous opportunities with fields like cybersecurity and machine learning leading the demand. Interestingly, there are many routes into this space without having to go to an engineering college; like for those who master Java Script and Python and enjoy working on back-end projects.

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)

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