If you work in the healthcare industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects that you may still have a lot of options for job opportunities in the next 10 years. The BLS released a forecast on the types of jobs that will either remain or become irrelevant by 2026.
While the future of the labor market remains rosy for health care employees such as nurses, the opposite involves manufacturing and retail jobs.
The growth of e-commerce and automated technology in recent years will likely lead to the demise of human cashiers. An estimated 30,000 job losses will occur in the next 10 years, according to the outlook.
The projected decline may not be significant as it only represented a 0.8% drop, yet it indicated how technology plays a role in the changing landscape of the job market.
On the other hand, the increasing number of old Americans will be a major reason behind the sustained relevance of nurses and other healthcare workers. The BLS said that five of the top 10 fastest growing jobs are in the industry.
These comprised personal care and nurse practitioners, health aides, nursing and medical assistants.
In 2016, College Factual said nursing and general psychology were among the top five most popular majors in the country, which only proves that health care is also an attractive career option.
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Other popular majors in the previous year included business administration and management, liberal arts, general studies and general biology.
It remains to be seen whether or not the future job market will align with industry forecast, yet the aging population should already provide a clue on the growing importance of healthcare workers.