The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the landscape of work, as millions of Americans change careers or say goodbye to the office forever. While employment in the United States will grow over the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for some jobs will increase.
The United States will create 11.9 million jobs by 2030, many of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, according to a new BLS analysis. Jobs related to food preparation and service, including waiters, cooks and fast food workers, are expected to create around 1.5 million jobs by 2030.
Wind turbine maintenance technicians are at the top of the list of the most in-demand jobs for the next decade, with this group of workers expected to increase by 68.2%. The other jobs in the ranking fall into three categories: renewable energy, data, and healthcare. Michael Wolf, head of the statistics division of the Bureau of Labor, told CNBC Make It that interest in wind and solar power has increased as installation costs have fallen and more and more countries prioritize reducing their carbon emissions.
Other professions, such as information security analysts and data scientists, will become more popular as people continue to work from home and online. “As companies have more of their employees working remotely, they will invest more in software and systems that allow them to be productive in this environment,” Wolf said. “There is also an emphasis on the security of their data and information online. ”
While the pandemic has created an unprecedented need for health care, the continued demand for jobs in the sector is actually due to an aging population, says Wolf. “The baby boomer generation is much older than previous generations and is starting to enter their sixties and sixties as people rely more on health services,” he says. “We’re going to see a huge increase in the number of people using these services. “
Wolf also predicts that the country’s labor force participation rate will decline as workers age and fewer young people (those aged 16 to 24) take up jobs. “We’re finding that as more people decide to go to high school or post-secondary, people don’t enter the workforce as often as they used to,” Wolf notes. “It was also very common for people to have a part-time job while attending high school or college, but now a lot of people decide to become full-time students and not work at the same time. “
While long-term projections are promising, the U.S. labor market faces more immediate challenges as an increase in COVID-19 cases hampers economic recovery. After strong job growth in July, the economy slowed, adding just 235,000 jobs in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number is well below the 720,000 new employees that economists had predicted.
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