World of Work: Future Jobs, Future Self
If you are an incoming senior high school or college student, it cannot be denied that choosing the right track or course can be really challenging. After all, recognizing one’s true calling is not as easy as it seems for everyone. If you are still confused about which program to pursue, do not fret! Making the right choice should be a top priority as it will affect not only your professional but also your personal life.
With this, you have to consider various things before coming up with an important decision about your educational journey. You have to take into consideration your values, interests, skills, and priorities as you do your research about the existing tracks or courses.
Keep in mind that it is also essential to know the jobs of the future as you go through the decision-making process. Now that technological advancement continues to affect the labor market, being knowledgeable about the emerging jobs will help you prepare for future opportunities.
To help you in choosing the right track or course, listed below are the top five jobs of the future according to the World Economic Forum.
1. Data Analysts and Scientists
Data analysts sift through the data as well as seek to identify trends. Considered as the junior data scientists, they also create visual representations such as graphs and charts so that the data become more comprehensible. On the other hand, data scientists are professionals whose expertise lies in collecting and interpreting data. Through data mining and machine learning as well as by using algorithms and predictive models, they are able to identify patterns and trends.
Still photo from Sam Esmail's Mr. Robot
Do you aspire to be someone who dominates the field of data analytics and science like Elliot Alderson from the American television series entitled Mr. Robot? You may consider strands such as IT in Mobile App and Web Development and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or courses such as Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS), and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS).
2. AI and Machine Learning Specialists
Through cognitive simulation, artificial intelligence (AI) specialists program computers to test hypotheses in relation to how the human mind works. Meanwhile, machine learning (ML) specialists design and develop both machine learning and deep learning systems. They run machine learning tests as well as implement appropriate ML algorithms.
Still photo from Sony Pictures' CHAPPIE
Are you interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning like Deon Wilson from the American science fiction film, Chappie? Turn your dreams into reality by considering strands such as IT in Mobile App and Web Development, Computer and Communications Technology, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or courses such as Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE).
3. General and Operations Managers
General and operations managers plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Their duties and responsibilities include directing staff and formulating policies.
Still capture from TVN's Hotel Del Luna
Acquire exceptional managerial skills like Koo Chan-sung from the South Korean drama series called Hotel del Luna. Learn about operations and financial management as well as business development by taking up Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) strand or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) course.
4. Software and Applications Developers and Analysts
Software and applications developers design and create applications for operating systems or devices such as smartphones and tablets. On the other hand, software and applications analysts administer, monitor, and maintain software applications and infrastructures.
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Are you one of those individuals who want to make a positive difference using their IT skills like Mark Zuckerberg from the American biographical film, The Social Network? Know the fundamentals of computer programming when you consider strands such as IT in Mobile App and Web Development and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or courses such as Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS), and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
5. Sales and Marketing Professionals
Sales and marketing go together. Knowing that customers are the key to success in sales, sales professionals focus on developing relationships as well as negotiating prices and terms of products or services with the consumers. Meanwhile, marketing professionals keep their eyes on the brand as well as products and services. They also focus on various marketing campaigns and initiatives to support sales.
Still photo from The Weinstein Company's The Founder
Obtain a great deal of expertise in the field of sales and marketing like Ray Kroc from the American biographical film called The Founder. Go for Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) strand or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) course.
To help you in your decision-making, STI has a unique tool called Student’s Career Opportunity and Personality Evaluator (SCOPE) that provides students with a comprehensive report about their best career options. Try the full version for yourself at scope.sti.edu or download the SCOPE Lite app on your devices for a quick way to find out which career fits your personality best. You can speak or chat with your preferred STI campus afterward to help plan your career. It's all FREE! Let STI help you make the right choice for your future.