In our previous Thinkopolis labour report, we featured a list of ten career paths than didn’t exist ten years ago. Now, through tracking online job posting titles on Workopolis, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 job titles that appeared more frequently in 2013, and 5 previously common job titles that have been appearing less frequently.
This gives us a sense of where employment may be heading in the year ahead and beyond. Which also has led us to this time predict ten jobs that will no longer exist ten years from now.
Interestingly, one job makes both lists. It didn’t exist a decade ago – and will cease to exist a decade from now. That just goes to show how fast trends and technologies can change the job market.
5 fast growing job titles on Workopolis
Businesses are trying to expand, and to expand they need customers. While Canada’s economy is on the upswing, consumer confidence remains tepid. In a time when most Canadians are watching their wallets, employers are looking for skilled sales people. Frequent postings for sales representatives could be a sign that employers are getting more optimistic about the future, and are willing to invest in a solid sales force.
The need for financial representatives may also stem from an uncertain economic future. Canadians unsure of their pensions may seek professional advice as they plan for retirement. This has created opportunities for financial advisors, debt managers, and other fiscal planners.
- Financial Advisor
- Representative Financial Service
- Field Sales Representative
- Sales Associate
- Social Worker
5 fast declining job titles on Workopolis
- People Greeter
- Photo Laboratory Associate
- Head Cashier
- Data Entry Clerk
Vanishing vocations: the top ten jobs that won’t exist in ten years
If you’ve been in a taxi lately you’ll notice many drivers are accepting calls over a smartphone app instead of a dispatcher through a CB radio. In ten years taxi dispatchers, much like travel agents, may find themselves in an obsolete profession. Based on trending technology and consumer preferences, we’ve developed a list of jobs that may go the way of lamplighters and elevator operators.
With the growing popularity of self-checkout services, retail cashiers may find
themselves stocking shelves sometime in the near future. Other customer service positions such as video store clerks and tollbooth collectors may also evaporate.
Soon a generation of young professionals who’ve grown up with Twitter and Facebook as part of their daily lives will be entering the job market. With this glut of savvy young online communicators looking for work, social media skills will just become expected communication competencies, like reading and writing, rather than unique areas of expertise. This will end the need for social media experts.
Ten jobs that won’t exist in ten years
- Social Media Expert
- Taxi Dispatcher
- Toll Booth Operator
- Retail Cashier
- Word Processor / Typist
- Switchboard Operator
- Photo Finisher
- Postal Worker
- Video Store Clerk
- Print Journalist
You can read the full Thinkopolis year-in-review report and view the infographic at http://Workopolis.com/research