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The 10 best and 10 worst jobs of the future

May 5, 2014
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future jobs The 10 best and 10 worst jobs of the future

What job will you have in a decade?

The job market is improving, and while the pace of recovery has been slow, our nation is no longer at the 10 percent unemployment slump seen in 2009. In 2012, he U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that overall employment would increase 14.8% by 2020; the latest projection is 10.8% growth by 2022.

“When they made those rosier projections, they didn’t realize how slow this rebound was going to be,” labor force expert Laurence Shatkin told Kipligner.

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Each industry is uniquely responding to the recession and recovery, and Kiplinger has identified the 10 best jobs for the future and the careers that might not stand the test of time, as they are shedding positions rapidly.

Whether considering your current career or pondering your future, you must take into account whether your dream job will even exist in the future, and if it will pay well enough for you to survive.



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What will be the best jobs tomorrow?

Many of the best jobs for the future are in the tech industry, with Kiplinger naming Information Security Analyst as one of the best jobs for the future, not just because of the rise in security breaches, but for the average salary of $67,000 to $113,000.

Also, because of the upswing in construction spending, Kiplinger says that Brickmasons are one of the best jobs for the future, particularly for people without a college degree, raking in anywhere from $35,000 to $62,000 a year.

Other jobs predicted to be hot gigs in the future include app developers, market research analysts, painters, registered nurses, dental hygienists, and management consultants.

And the worst jobs?

Many industries are shedding jobs, and some are offering lower pay, despite higher stress levels, which Kiplinger says makes them bad fields to consider for the future.

When we talk about the future, we always think of robots and artificial intelligence taking over the world, and assembly lines globally have been replaced for decades, but Kiplinger says that electronic equipment assembler jobs are in decline, with the average salary of $22,000 to $37,000, the growth projected for 2024 is negative 6.8 percent. Ouch.

Further, ticket agents at airlines are being replaced by kiosks, with a projected 14 percent decline in the number of agents in the next decade.

Other careers included in the “worst of” list are jewelers, floral designers, printing press technicians, switchboard operators, and reporters.

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