It may interest you to know that the highest paying jobs of the future will be found in the business, technology, communications, and health care fields.
“Anything that involves tech-based foundations is really growing right now,” says Cagla Celik, a career development specialist at the WVU Career Services Center. “For instance, some of the hot careers we are seeing include cybersecurity, information systems management, marketing and sales, accounting, financial management, information technology, and data analytics.”
Kellyn Smith, Director of the John Chambers College Center for Career Development at WVU, says that rapid changes coming in the future include major increases in working remotely and in the use of technology and artificial intelligence in a variety of industries.
“Adaptability is the key,” she said. “Therefore, it’s important to be resourceful, as more organizations seek candidates virtually across a variety of geographic locations.”
Wondering what specific jobs will be hot in the next five years? Check out this list of high-paying jobs on the horizon, along with WVU Online degrees that will prepare you to be a competitive candidate:
Does all this have you wondering what takes to get one of these high-paying jobs?
Often, a master’s degree or higher is necessary for these highly competitive and challenging positions, along with a several years’ previous experience or a proven track record in a related occupation, as well as professional certifications.
If that seems like a lot, take it one step at a time.
“First of all, building or leveraging a strong professional network is crucial,” says Sarah Glenn, associate director of the John Chambers College Center for Career Development.
“Start this right now. As you advance within your career, your technology competencies are important, but your leadership skills will likely open the door for more promotions over other teammates with similar technical skills.”
She says it is no longer enough to stay current in your own role. Most importantly, you need to actively manage your growth by anticipating the technical skills and core competencies that employers will demand in future talent.
“Therefore, the skills you will need vary, but leadership skills—the ability to motivate and drive performance within your team—are very important. You will need the ability to make data-driven decisions, as well as keen agility – the ability to anticipate and pivot quickly, but thoughtfully.”
“After that, stay up-to-date on trends and market factors that are impacting your industry (or future industry) so that you can be intentional about which skills you seek to learn.”
“This means that each student needs to consider his or her own strengths and interests. From there, take a deep dive into the growth projections and career outcomes of various programs.”
Smith agrees and adds that upskilling and self-learning continue to be important in a remote work environment.
Celik recommends that students do major- or industry-specific research to identify skills and qualifications required in their chosen field.
“Then be proactive and strive to gain the skills and qualifications you need, not only in a classroom setting, but also outside the classroom by attending training programs, working towards certifications and credentials, and learning how to use important tools and software in your field,” she said.
In conclusion, all three WVU career services professionals agreed on one thing: all students, whether they are freshmen or working professionals returning to grad school, need to meet with Career Services—in-person or remotely— as soon as possible.
In some instances, Glenn said, these meetings should take place prior to enrolling in a particular program, to ensure that you are asking yourself the right questions, such as: “What factors should I consider when exploring a graduate school?” Or, “What is my personal motivation and how strong is the market demand for my chosen field?’”
Smith says online students should meet with Career Services at the beginning of their degree program, especially if they are seeking a career change or a new opportunity.
Celik agrees: “The sooner the better!”
Want to get started?
If you want to advance in your current career or prepare for a future career in a high-paying job, here’s how you can get started right now on the path to achieve your goals:
- First, check out college-specific or University-side career centers.
- Then go to LinkedIn and your alumni networks. WVU offers WVU Connect to all alumni.
- Also, be sure to find professionals and trade associations with great industry reputations. For example, human resources professionals should read and follow https://www.shrm.org/.
- Don’t forget to connect with faculty! Students who are working professionals should take part in internal networking at their current organizations.
For more information:
- WVU Career Services Center
- John Chambers Center for Career Development
- WVU Connect
- Find out more about WVU Online degrees.
- Look into making a career change?
- Find out how to finance your graduate degree.
Source for job information: O*NET Online, US News & World Report