11 career opportunities for teens
Steer your kids into the right jobs for the future.
(Jade Photography)
I happened upon an interesting article on Yahoo about future job trends in the US, which as we all know sets the global trend for the so-called civilised world. According to the article written by Alexander E. M. Hess and Michael B. Sauter of 24/7 Wall St, the best job opportunities and remuneration in the next 7 or so years are in the following fields:
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Audiologists
  • Medical Scientists
  • Expert Epidemiologists
  • Veterinarians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
The ten fastest disappearing job opportunities will be in the following fields:
  • Petroleum Pump System Operators
  • Refinery Operators and Gaugers
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Coil Winders Tapers and Finishers
  • Textile Machine Setters
  • Operators and Tenders
  • Semiconductor Processors
  • Communications Equipment Operators
  • Shoe and Leather Workers
  • Sewing Machine Operators
  • Postal Service Workers

According various other articles on the subject, the long term future could also potentially spell the end of various service based jobs. General Medical Practitioners and Lawyers for example should watch their backs as online self-diagnosis and digging into online legal guides and advice could very quickly replace the need for a fee-based actual consultation.

Clearly, specialised services in both fields will still be required. The publishing and printing industry is under severe threat from online applications as well.
Apparently the way to go is to invest in a career future which involves creating new things. The arts are going to be very popular and in demand. So too will careers in engineering and design be popular.

We probably have a decade or two before these issues start manifesting and becoming a real challenge. Which is why it wouldn’t hurt to be aware of them now if your kids are young or will be hitting the job market in the next 10 to 20 years. Unemployment is becoming more and more of a problem all over the globe, and governments are struggling to create new job sectors for school and varsity leavers. All this puts added pressure on us as parents to ensure that we guide our kids towards sustained and stable employment in the future.

You don’t have to be a genius to see how the progress in technology will make some jobs obsolete soon, it’s just common sense, for example to see why jobs in the postal service are under threat, or why hard copy books are being replaced by eBooks (and the effect this is having on the publishing industry.)
So think carefully about the career advice you give your kids, their natural talents notwithstanding that is.

Another sector that will probably continue to be in high demand is entertainment and sports. So if you have the next Ryk Neethling or Charlize Theron under construction in your house, nurture them and make sure their talents are developed because the competition will be tough in this area as well, despite its popularity. Given the added job selection issues we have in our beautiful land, it would behove us all to be prepared for the future, and that stars now!

Read more by Marlon Abrahams

Disclaimer: The views of columnists published on Parent24 are their own and therefore do not necessarily represent the views of Parent24.

What careers are your children interested in pursuing?

Read Parent24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.


Want to know what your baby looks like and what you can expect at this stage?



Everything from parties to pre-schools in your area.