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Top Future Careers


If you are seeking job security it is well worth

gaining an insight into current employment trends


A STEEP analysis is the perfect tool for analysing job market trends, making intelligent, informed career choices and plannng a successful future - ensuring you don´t pursue a career that disappears without warning or leads to a dead end!

S  ociological aspects

  • as people are living longer, there are more in the older age group, increasing the demand for products and services geared towards the elderly
  • the growth of two income families has increased the need to save time, and make things easier and faster to use
  • home shopping and internet services have reduced the number of retail jobs, although as people love the shopping experience the retail industry will continue with fewer staff
  • this means web based jobs, home helps, nursing home carers, healthcare providers and medical insurers will grow

T  echnological aspects

  • technology has made many jobs involving repetitive tasks obsolete; for example, punch card operators, typists, typesetters and, with the introduction of self service scanners, check-out operators
  • the internet has revolutionised the sales channels - puttiing manufacturers and service providers directly in touch with consumers: the middle man is being sidelined and those jobs will only survive if they provide added value
  • manufacturing, web-based jobs and back office functions such as technical support, accountancy and customer service have been moved to English speaking low labour cost countries - India, China, Taiwan
  • the need to save time and make life easier in the home is increasing the use of technology in the home in terms of online training courses for adults and children, researching information, ordering food and non food products, readng newspapers
  • the decrease in retailing will increase the demand for delivery services - drivers, couriers, distribution and airline workers
  • this means that on site jobs requiring face to face interaction, skill or creativity - writers, TV producers, inventors, strategists, carpenters, plumbers, physicians, dentists, electricians, car mechanics, hair stylists and construction workers will grow in demand


E conomic

  • as the world becomes increasing competitive, the need for organisations to be more efficient, effective and economic grows
  • rising energy prices will increase the cost of materials and services
  • energy saving products and recycling initiatives will create a new industry and increase jobs in this field

E nvironment

  • there is an increasing need to save energy and protect the environment, and this is driving the need to create jobs for environmental health workers

P olitical

  • the European Community has opened up job opportunities for people from many different countries and this will increase the competition for jobs - particularly for unskilled less well paid work such as housekeepers, cleaners, waitresses, domestic support and labourers

Top 10 Skills Shortages in the UK

  1. Skilled manual trades
  2. Administrative Assistants and PAs
  3. Engineers
  4. Sales Representatives
  5. Labourers
  6. Management / Executives
  7. Accounting and Finance staff
  8. Chefs / Cooks
  9. Machinists
  10. Supervisors

Careers of the future

The following is a list of those careers most likely to be in demand for the foreseeable future:


  • Programmer
  • Internet Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network and Cable Engineer
  • Web Designer, Copywriter
  • SEO, Web Host Provider
  • Telecommunication Technicians


  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Designer
  • Photographer
  • Interior Designer


  • Surgeon, Doctor, Consultant
  • Dentist, Hygienist, Dental Assistant
  • Nurses and ancillary healthcare workers
  • Nursery Nurse, Child Carer
  • Home Carers
  • Physiotherapist, Psycho-analyst
  • Nutritionist


  • MPs
  • Local government
  • Public Servants
  • Lawyer, Solicitor, Barrister, Court official
  • Veterinary Surgeon


  • Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Financial Adviser
  • Auditor
  • HR Strategist
  • PR Marketing
  • Managng Director
  • Business Strategist
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Business Developmernt Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Advertising Executive
  • Corporate Event Organiser

Beauty industry

  • Hairstylist
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Nail Technician
  • Fashion Models

Travel, Leisure and Entertainment

  • Life Coach
  • Career Counsellor
  • Airline crew, ground staff
  • Hotel and restaurant staff
  • Sports people
  • Exercise Coach


  • Forensic Scientist
  • Buyer Merchandiser
  • Salesperson
  • Teacher, Lecturer, Teaching Assistant


  • Dancer
  • Broadcaster
  • TV Producer and Director
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Theatre


  • Security, Police
  • Anti-Terrorist Specialist
  • Prison Workers


  • Surveyor, Architect, Construction Workers
  • Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineers
  • Plumber, Carpenter and associated trades
  • Driver, Delivery person, Taxi Driver, Chauffeur

Your choice of future career

It is not easy to build a career to last throughout your working life, but your future success really does depend on how well you prepare yourself and the decisions you take now. 

We hope the foregoing will help you to avoid some of the pitfalls in choosing the best job; however, the most important aspect - and one all too often overlooked - is to choose a career that not only has a future but is one that you are interested in and will enjoy.

According to the City & Guilds´Happiness Index, if you want to be happy in a job then get a job caring for children!  Childcare workers are among the UK´s happiest employees.    A cheerful 50 percent of childcare workers said that they looked forward to returning to work after a day off.  Hairdressers and plumbers also scored highly in the workplace happiness rating.  The poll of 1,000 UK employees found low earners to be happiest, with those on incomes of less than 15K a year far happier in their jobs than those in the 40k to 45k bracket.  But the survey also revealed taht 32 percent of people were unhappy at work.  Meanwhile HR managers are among the least happy. A mere 2 percent of HR managers said they were happy in their jobs.  (


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Helga Edge MBA is a sought-after Resume and LinkedIn Profile writer and Career Coach. Since 1990, she has helped many thousands of clients find not just a job but a rewarding career.



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