Popular Career Fields Following the Great Resignation and the Future of Work

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Aside from the hard-hitting effects of the Great Resignation, a slew of new jobs have opened up to account for its impacts on society and the economy. People see healthcare differently, and have learned unique ways to keep in touch with their loved ones and colleagues. Zoom call etiquette and unspoken rules have taken the Internet by storm, and will continue to morph according to how we define virtual work.

Remote and gig work is here to stay—along with moonlighting and freelancing. Employers now have increasing options to outsource their work according to demand. Freelancers enjoy the benefit of work-from-home flexibility and work-life balance.

Companies have implemented hybrid work models where office meetings are held once or twice a week with positive effects on their employees’ morale and productivity. Others have opted for a fully remote business structure altogether to ditch rental fees.

Mental Health

At the core of the pandemic lies a social gap—the reduced ability to connect with people face-to-face. Mental health specialists and counsellors have seen tremendous demand in their services, from shock counseling to general advice.

Neuroscientists and psychologists have stressed the link between mental health and physical wellbeing, which acutely affects every person. Over 94% of millennials would like to hone their skills to benefit others (Millennial Impact Report), and a career in mental health could be the perfect fit.

Financial Management

With over 70% of millennials and 40% of baby boomers living paycheck to paycheck in 2021 (per PYMNTS), financial management can be stressful and time-consuming.

Many of Generation Z are curious about investing and cryptocurrencies, and have plans to manage their finances cleverly to avoid debt in the future (as perhaps did their older siblings or parents). Graduates from programs outside of finance such as business or engineering majors have flooded the field by storm, which demonstrates its versatility and multidisciplinary nature.

Accounting

Overseas laws and taxes take many extra steps with remote workers, especially freelancers who have to take into account all of their home office expenses.

Accountants who are well-versed in taxes (especially with foreign procedures) are in high demand. Better yet, accounting can be found as a full-time, part-time, contract, and even freelance/gig position. This flexibility allows number-savvy accountants from all around the world to find their ideal opportunity.

Telemedicine

Within seconds, a patient and physician can now be connected through a video call. Telemedicine has largely overtaken in-person clinic visits due to the high risks of affecting vulnerable people.

Wait times have improved, and the healthcare system has become more streamlined as a result of the pandemic. Medical and technical writers, billers, and coders are also in high demand as people around the world seek up-to-date, accurate information and care.

Data Analysis

Big data entered the tech sphere a few years ago. It’s here to stay, especially combined with skills to create beautiful graphs and captivating presentations.

With public health demands for infographics and government media, data analysts play a large role in identifying and displaying numbers in a logical, aesthetically-pleasing manner to the public and potential stakeholders. Data analysts make sense of large amounts of points, to search for sweeping trends through interpolation or extrapolation.

 

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