Every year there are new jobs that never existed before. 65% of kids in school today will have job titles that haven’t even been invented yet. In this new era of the gig economy, new career types and scopes are popping up everywhere.

With new opportunities constantly on the market, it is no wonder that an average adult today will have 5+ jobs throughout their lives. In Australia, 60 percent of employees leave their current jobs due to limited career growth or progression. About 80% also switch careers because they want new challenges.

In addition, switching professions has been made easy by the rise of ed-tech with access to an affordable education with vocational and online courses. Learning always opens up many more doors for those who dare.

So, what are some of the hottest careers one may want to consider today?

1.   Social media manager

What does a social media manager do?

Until 2006, there were no social media managers. Social media marketing was not a thing. Now it’s about 12% of the total marketing budget and expected to grow at 17% CAGR.

The social media manager will create and execute marketing campaigns across main social media channels and manage the overall digital presence of the brand. Some of the responsibilities are:

  • Development of brand awareness and image
  • Content management across digital platforms
  • Managing ad investments to optimize SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
  • Scheduling and automating regular updates to ensure customer engagement

How can I become one?

A social media manager needs basic marketing knowledge and copywriting skills. You will also need to know how to do market research and be knowledgeable about SEO as well as other analytics and automation tools.

While a marketing degree and experience working on marketing campaigns are required, you can still enter the field with transferable skills, confirmation that you are self-taught, and proof that you are capable of putting together a good campaign.

First, take advantage of the myriad of useful courses that are available from trustworthy and affordable providers such as Training.co.nz and obtain a certificate. Second, work on your own social media campaigns to see how you can gain followers. It’ll be a portfolio sample you can show your potential employers that you know how to reach a base.

2.   Software Developer

What does a software developer do?

Mobile software developers are the ones that create the brain of any given device and create applications that help users complete certain tasks on devices such as computers and smartphones. There are over 23 million software developers in the world today.

They design the codes which direct the system to produce the desired output following the user’s input. They were increasingly involved in not only the logical design of the systems but also the interface of the applications to optimize the user experience.

They have to build and test and also ensure their systems or application can integrate with other types of products in the field that a user may use in conjunction.

How can I become one?

Being a software developer requires serious training. You must sign up for courses and be sure to find programs with good mentors. Coding is a language. And just like any other verbal language we speak, you will forget if you don’t use it often.

There are many projects you can take on online for free so you can keep practicing. Design your own application and sign up to do light software development as a contractor for startups and nonprofits. Once you have a bit of relevant experience under your belt, you can apply it to larger firms.

3.   Data analyst

What does a data analyst do?

A data analyst will gather, organize, and analyze any sets of data to answer meaningful questions to help the intended user of the data make decisions. They often are part of the analytics and reporting teams but normally are not part of setting up data warehouses or architecting data collection.

Their main duty is to ensure that the reporting structure is set so the users get the correct data so they can drive the right insights and thus make the right decisions. Given the level of dependencies on data today for all businesses, this is a crucial role in the company.

How can I become one?

Data analysts need to have data analytics training and must be proficient with few tools such as Excel and SQL. Again, there is no shortage of programs available to learn those skills.

In addition to insight generation, data visualization using tools like Tableau will help improve your candidacy. With the proper training and business acumen, you will easily be able to switch into a data analyst role from any given field.

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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