Exploring new jobs or undergoing a radical career change can be both exciting and scary. The future of the work is inevitably headed toward a technology-dominated workforce. Whether it be the automation of tasks to the jobs themselves, every aspect of the job market will be impacted by the development of technology.
As the COVID-19 pandemic moves across the world, the reliance on using technology to improve work has become more apparent as people work from home. When the pandemic dies down, technology-based jobs will be left standing while more traditional jobs are left struggling. Below are some of the most indestructible career paths a person can pursue.
Working as a web developer is going to be a profession in high-demand in the coming years. To thrive in this role, one has to have an interest in multiple programming languages and a basic taste for aesthetics.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates field growth of 13 percent by 2028, which seems to be indicative of this career path’s long-term survival. As a web developer, you are responsible for the performance and functionality of the websites you create. Therefore, it is best to build a strong portfolio of personal or business websites to show off your skills.
Unfortunately, web developers receive little to no on-the-job training and are typically self-taught. If you are past your college years, then there are still online schools like App Academy that offer courses in web development. With no tuition, until you are placed in a job, self-paced boot camps are the best way to acquire these skills.
Learning multiple coding languages can be extremely difficult. For that reason, a growing number of people with creative minds are heading into the field of web design. To become a web designer, you need a basic understanding of visual communication and psychology.
Did you know that the layout of websites are often designed in a way that drives traffic to certain areas? This would not be possible without web designers, who are able to understand how to guide people due to an understanding of psychology.
A career in web design is similar to that of web developers. As an increasing number of websites appear on the Internet, so too does the need for people who can make them aesthetically pleasing. All it takes to gain the necessary knowledge is being self-taught through online tutorials or intensive classes.
Finally, we come to the broadest, but a potentially highest-earning career on our list: software engineering. The process to break into this profession is relatively the same as becoming a web developer. A key difference between the two paths, however, is that a software engineer typically develops systems for companies, rather than specific websites.
Arguably the two biggest skills needed to thrive as a software engineer are programming and multitasking. A software engineer is likely to be working on a number of projects at any given time and expected to produce high-quality software. Perhaps this workload is the reason why Indeed puts the average base salary for a software engineer at a whopping $109,821.
Multitasking can be self-taught, as can programming. Fortunately, coding bootcamps are in high-demand during the pandemic and there is a myriad of choices available to anyone looking for specialized schools.
As the worldwide web continues to evolve and dominate society, the jobs that deal directly with the maintenance and improvement of the Internet will be of paramount importance. The number of active users and websites being created are both on the rise.
Acquiring the skills needed to break into the aforementioned fields will be pivotal to the job market in the future. Creative destruction is a natural part of any workforce and getting on the right side of it can help to ensure a stable and healthy career.