You may think that following the economic trends as it relates to jobs is really only something job seekers should concern themselves with, but you would be wrong. Following the job trends in 2020 and beyond should be a top priority for small and large businesses alike. This knowledge can help them compete for a strong and talented workforce, stay ahead of business forecasts, and stay ahead of potential economic roadblocks that may lay ahead.
Before we look at what specific jobs seem to be most in demand right now, it is important to note that there are some trends that are not job specific. There are some common job search and hiring trends that seem to be spanning a wide swath of varying industries.
For example, job seekers are currently looking for positions that allow flex time or the ability to work remotely. World News CNBC reports that, “Nearly two-thirds of U.S. companies have employees that work remotely, and research indicates the remote work will equal, if not surpass, fixed office locations by the year 2025.”
Job seekers are also searching for companies that provide a positive work culture and offer the possibilities of advancement in the future. Many young professionals have seen the possibilities of what a positive work culture can look like when studying some of the largest and most well-branded American companies like: Apple, Google, or Amazon. According to a recent Glassdoor survey, companies with better cultures tend to perform better financially, attract talent more easily and have more satisfied customers.
Another trend that employers do not seem to be keeping pace with is the mobile application trend. More and more job applicants are looking to apply directly from their smartphones. Companies would do well to create a mobile-optimized version of the application and résumé submission site to stay on top of this trend. Glassdoor reports that. “Mobile users complete only about 22 percent of applications they start versus 47 percent on desktop. And when the median time to complete a job application on mobile is 10.5 minutes compared to just 5.9 minutes for desktop users, it’s no wonder.” Don’t miss out on top talent because you have not enabled, or at least simplified, the mobile application process.
The Most In-Demand Jobs
It will come as no surprise to anyone that the fields that are in the most demand are the tech-centric fields and those that require math and science training/background. According to U.S. News and World Report some of the top jobs to watch in the coming year include:
- Web Developer
- Operations Research Analyst
- Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists
- Speech and Language Pathologists
- Information Securities Analysts
What are the hiring trends in your industry? Are you keeping up with the mobile needs of your employees? Do you offer flex-time or remote working opportunities? If you need help staying up-to-date check out our offerings here at the North Shore Career Center and MassHire North Shore.