In today's world, there are never any guarantees, but some careful planning during the initial career exploration may help ensure that the choices your child makes now will lead to a more secure future.
If you have already been in the workforce for some time, you probably already know that it is always changing. You know how important it is to know what's around the bend. Career Voyages is here to try and help you and your child do that.
Let's start by explaining the industries you see on the left hand menu. The chart below shows the industries expected to either need the most employees as projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or are evolving and creating new jobs.
In short, these industries were selected for three reasons:
- they are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy or affect the growth of other industries;
- they are existing or emerging businesses being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skills from workers;
- they are economically vital to the overall health of the American economy.
To learn more about how these industries and occupations were selected, click here.
|Which Industries Are Growing?
|Note: These totals are based on:
- only the occupations in Career Voyages;
- the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for the ten year period, 2006-2016; and
- only those occupations which fall within a single industry. For example, the 298,000 openings shown for Advanced Manufacturing are found just in Advanced Manufacturing. For a list of what those "single-industry" occupations are for each industry, click here.
There are many more occupations, not shown here, which are found in more than one industry. To learn more about these "multi-industry" occupations click here.
|Other (Outside the High Growth and Emerging Industries)||5,325,000|
According to projections, the economy will continue generating jobs for workers at all levels of education and training. Growth rates are projected to be faster for occupations requiring a postsecondary award (a vocational certificate or other award or an associate or higher degree) than for occupations requiring less education or training.
You can start in a several different places - it's up to you to pick your route:
- Dive right into one of the industries. Start learning about the kinds of jobs that are in demand:
- Under other stuff, also on the upper left-hand side of your screen, you can sample the Career Videos, featuring real people doing real work.
- Also under other stuff, you can find out what careers are growing in your state and what education and training level these careers require.
- America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) consists of state and federal organizations that provide information, resources and training on career and education exploration. The network is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and operates in every state and territory. Some resources you might find useful are below:
- You can also try our Career Compass to get a sense of which careers might fit your child's interests.