Are you recently graduating high school, college or just looking for a career change? Have you ever wondered what will give you the edge over your competition or what job requirements are even necessary these days? We are here to give you the insider scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates these days.
Back in 2017, Forbes stated a sales associate was the most popular job, and it had a median base pay of $38,000. According to Glassdoor, a research assistant was the second-most popular role for recent graduates, with median pay of $28,855 back in 2017. Then in 2018, CBS reported that software developer with a median salary of $100,080 was the most popular career followed by a dentist with a median salary of $153,900. Now in 2019, software developer is leading the charge with a median salary of $101,790 followed by statistician with a median salary of $84,060 according to US News. The common factor with the evolution of trending jobs is technology.
As technology changes and evolves our career requirements and job demands also change. Technology continues to shape our jobs, our homes, families, and even how we communicate on the day to day. However, technology has its own set of ramifications and the transition to a digital economy will carry its share of pain. At the same time, embracing change can also open up new opportunities and pathways. It’s a matter of knowing where to look, and how to embrace the changes.
Machines are learning, artificial intelligence is expanding, and we are making advanced mechanisms every day that require more education from us. Adopting these technologies and training workers to adapt to the possibilities sounds like a good plan. But, when it comes to the impact on the individual, a broader understanding of the interdependent relationship between people and technology will remain necessary and critical.
Technology demands a range of skills, from navigating the cloud to social media. Many occupations, such as scientists, graphic designers, and even musicians, now require some level of programming and computer skills. The upside to these new technology advances is that access to further education and skill building opportunities has also become more available. There is a lot of discussion taking place about the impact of digital technologies, but not enough discussion on how individuals can explore these new forces in a positive way. We need to start exploring the new possibilities.