The 'most promising' professions by 2028

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The 'most promising' professions by 2028

The rise of workplace automation may cast a shadow on the future of work for those in labour-intensive industries such as manufacturing.

But for knowledge workers – particularly those in management – some professions will only continue to grow in the next decade, according to data compiled by the Wall Street Journal.

Among the professions expected to enjoy a steady rise in employment by 2028 is human resources management. It ranks #35 out of the 800 careers analysed by the WSJ.

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In the US, the projected annual openings for HR managers, all the way through to 2028, is at 14,400. Last year, the industry employed 152,100 managers – with a median salary of US$113,300.

The number is predicted to rise by 7.1% to 162,900 positions in total, or the equivalent of 10,800 new HR manager jobs created in the span of a decade.

Top 10 professions by 2028
The three “most promising careers” by 2028 all require management expertise:

  • General and operations managers (165,000+ jobs)
  • Financial managers (104,700+)
  • Managers, all others (68,500+)

Other professions in the top 10 call for highly technical and specialist knowledge as well as years of training and experience:

  • Application software developer (241,500+)
  • Lawyers (50,100+)
  • Computer and information systems managers (46,800+)
  • Sales managers (20,600+)
  • Management analysts (118,300+)
  • Systems developers (42,600+)
  • Medical and health services managers (71,600+)

“Many of America’s fastest-growing jobs, such as personal-care aides and fast-food workers, pay the lowest wages in the nation, while the highest-compensated professions, like doctors and lawyers, have few openings a year,” writes Soo Oh of WSJ.

“Registered nurses and software developers hit the sweet spot, pairing relatively high wages with robust demand – making them among the most promising careers in our analysis.”

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