In the year 2025 I will be 66 years old and until changes to retirement age in recent years I would have planned to have been retired since October 2024 at age 65. This now means I could will still be working in 2025 and not retire until October 2026. In case I need a new job I read with interest "These Will Be The Top Jobs In 2025 (And The Skills You'll Need To Get Them)" by Gwen Moran in Fast Company. She divides the skills into five categories:
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- Technology and Computational Thinking
- Social Intelligence and New Media Literacy
- Lifelong Learning
- Adaptability and Business Acumen
Interesting that education is still considered a top skill category - suggested jobs in this area are "Teachers and Trainers". Moran writes that we "need to become a society of people who are always learning new things". Also very interesting is the Caregiving category - as more people live longer, every aspect of the healthcare sector is poised for growth with jobs such as "medical technicians, physical therapists, and workplace ergonomics experts" in demand.
Interesting that "computational thinking" will be valued - this is the "ability to manage the massive amounts of data we process individually each day, spot patterns, and make sense out of all of it". Software developer jobs will grow by 18.8% between now and 2024, while computer systems analyst jobs will increase 20.9% by 2024. Market research analyst and marketing specialist jobs will increase 18.6%. All will need analytical skills.