Publication Date: October 24, 2016
The job market is constantly and consistently evolving. Where opportunity is seemingly unlimited today, could be the next Rust Belt tomorrow. Jobs and career paths, as a result, can be hard to decide where and how you should focus your time — particularly if you’re looking at college or training programs. You don’t want to train for a job that’s going to be obsolete in a number of years, and you don’t want a college degree that won’t earn you a return on your investment.
Needless to say, any intel you can get on which way the economic pendulum is swinging is incredibly valuable.
But that sort of data isn’t easy to come by. We know, for example, that people who drive for a living are facing a very rough future — driverless cars and autopilot technology exist, and are going to be implemented on a wide scale soon. That’s just one sector or field, though. What people really need and want to know is what skills or industries are going to expand in the future, and offer up higher earnings as a result.
A new brief from Pew Social Trends, The State of American Jobs, is chock-full of valuable insight that helps narrow things down.