Careers to avoid?

A few weeks ago I wrote about a survey in the United States that had identified certain ‘hot’ careers for which there would be demand over the coming period. Now there is also an American report about jobs for which there is likely to be less demand over the next few years and which might not therefore represent good career choices. The careers in question are:

• Reporters and correspondents
• Insurance underwriters
• Computer programmers (but not software engineers)
• Judges
• Chemical engineers
• Advertising and promotions managers

Of course if this is true in the United States, it may be different on this side of the Atlantic. But the overall problem with career choices is that they are often influenced by current media coverage or news items, and these may not be a good basis for choosing a degree programme. So while journalists may not be so much in demand now (due to the effect of the internet), this may not be true in four years time when today’s university entrants will be graduating.

However, it is also clear that the structure of employment is changing, and obviously this will have an impact on the availability of jobs in certain sectors. Watching these trends, and knowing how to interpret them intelligently, will become a very important activity and skill for careers advisers in schools and colleges. And understanding them will be important for university strategic planning.

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3 Comments on “Careers to avoid?”

  1. anna notaro Says:

    On Jounalism and the Internet it is worth mentioning the World Editors Forum which took place last week in Hamburg (http://www.wefhamburg2010.com/articles.php?id=2). Tablets, e-readers and smart phones are key players in what is shaping up to be a new information ecosystem, consequently the need will arise for graduates who are highly qualified to operate within such a new system.

  2. colummccaffery Says:

    A key feature of the adoption of digital technology was the extent to which so many products became essentially computers. There ia a similar pattern with employment: each particular industry increasingly needs fewer specialists while the bulk of the staff will be generalists.

    http://colummccaffery.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/the-smart-economy-and-technologys-democratic-vector/

  3. Al Says:

    It is a legitimate question to ask whether the return of fees will weigh the scales of students choices away from the academic experience and into an informal apprenticeship of whatever vocation. It was that way before sophistry…


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