Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
What are some up-and-coming industries these days on the job front? I’m rethinking my career plans, and I want one that helps put me ahead of the curve. What should I be prepping for?
Information technology (IT) continues to be hot. Specifically, take a look at computer forensics (the forensic science focused on extracting legal evidence from computers and digital storage media), which is increasingly important due to concerns about computer security. Some reputable online courses offer studies in the field, and some colleges offer courses on the subject -- but to be competitive, you need to have majored in it in college. Computer networking specialists and network administrators will also be in demand, and this job can’t be outsourced to other parts of the world. Either a certificate from a technical training program or a bachelor’s degree in the field can open doors.
Another promising area is education. With an increasing awareness of the importance of men as role models, primary and secondary teaching jobs for men will be widely available. Private schools set their own standards for the qualifications of potential teachers, but for public schools, you usually need to earn a master’s degree in education to get certified.
Finally, there are hot new vocational jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s, mostly in green technology -- like a solar panel installer. These are especially fitting for those who already have experience in the electrical and construction fields.