Emerging Jobs To Keep An Eye on in 2017

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Fantastic jobs to try out in 2017

You have been looking for a great job. None has been forthcoming or the ones that come along are not as interesting as you would like them to be. Well, technology is changing a lot of things including work and with some web-based knowledge, there are so many jobs to choose from. There are numerous emerging jobs that are both fun and exciting and these are bound to grow bigger in 2017.

As you job-hunt, do not limit yourself to the traditional jobs that now seem to be crowded. Take a leap of faith and you may just find yourself doing a fantastic job with the help of some technological knowledge or internet connectivity. Below is a list of jobs you should look out for in 2017.

  1. Social media/community manager

Social media manager

The year is 2017 and Facebook has 1.79 billion active users, Twitter has 317 million active users, Instagram has 500 million active users and WhatsApp has more than 1 billion active users. In short, if social media was a country, it would have a higher population that the world’s most populated country.

Fortunately, social media has a very large community of people and connects millions of people across the globe in a matter of seconds. Businesses are transacted on social media, news items are released on social media and revolutions in the modern world have been fueled by social media.

Apart from that, many organisations have realised the potential of this great resource and are turning to it for marketing, customer service and PR purposes. What this means is that though your parents may frown upon you for spending so much time on social media, that same activity can become your full-time job. The beauty of it is that since social media is a relatively new marketing platform, you do not require years of experience to land a job as a social media manager. All you need is a keen interest, an eye on trends and lots of creativity.

As you look for a job, consider accounting, law, medicine, but better still, consider the new age of doing things and look out for jobs in social media management.

  1.    Content marketing/blogging

Marketing has become really diversified courtesy of the internet and modern technology. Blogging, which is frowned upon by politicians, is the new way by which companies communicate with their clients and potential clients. It is a form of journalism that focuses on a company’s products and what role it plays in the market.

Content marketing is fast catching up and as we head into 2017, more and more companies are opening blogs and looking for creative writers to manage them.

Better still, many people are opening their own blogs from the comfort of their homes and making money by posting regular and popular posts. You might want to consider a job in blogging if you enjoy researching and writing articles.

  1.    Web design

Web design

The internet has come a long way and the look of websites keep changing each day. Well, websites definitely look a lot better than they did some 10 years ago. This can be attributed to many factors and one of them is the evolution of web design.

Web design mainly deals with the user interface of a website and how it is found on search engines. It covers many fields such as graphics design, and user interface, among others. All these are subfields of web design which require different sets of skills and thus, there are many jobs under web design. This means that you can choose any that suits your skills and run with it.

Companies are looking to hire people with skills in web design and if you have the right experience and skills, you can get a job in this emerging and evolving field.

  1.       Big data analysts

Data has become a big thing in the past 10 years. There is so much data being mined from different sources and for different reasons. Companies are in search of people who can analyse and present the data in a coherent way for purposes of using it to improve business. As such, data analysts are in demand and if you have the right skills, you can get good jobs in this field.

  1.     App developers

There is an app for almost everything nowadays. In fact, Google play store has 2.2 million apps while Apple app store has 2 million apps, which goes to show that apps are very popular and they are bound to keep increasing. This is because most people consume online content through their mobile phones and as such, companies are launching apps instead of/or with mobile websites to improve user experience and tap into the huge market of mobile users, consisting of 2.1 billion users across the world.

The drive for mobile-based apps is further driven by the fact that smartphones have increasingly become cheaper, meaning that they are more accessible and more people are now preferring to interact with other people and organisations on their mobile phones.

If you have good coding skills and you are looking for a job, why not consider a job as an app developer. You will get to create great products and improve your skills as technology continues to advance.

  1.   Information security analysts

Information security analyst

We are in the information age and with this comes sophisticated ways of doing things. Those who like to obtain things by using the wrong means have also become sophisticated and this has given rise to gatekeepers to keep the bad guys out. The work of information security analysts is to analyse your web page or app and ensure that it is safe from hackers and malware. They are meant to keep you safe from trouble that can arise as a result of hacking.

As everyone moves to the digital age, there is increased demand for information security analysts and this is one of those jobs that will continue to need more expertise in 2017.

  1.    Artificial intelligence (AI) experts

AI is fast catching up with us. You may have heard that Tesla Motors is developing self-driving cars with the use of artificial intelligence. More and more companies are also using bots to perform various tasks as they are cheap to maintain.

As the future continues to embrace AI, there will be increased demand for AI experts as more and more companies adopt this technology. You need some good coding skills to get these jobs.

    8.   Search engine optimisation (SEO) specialist

The internet now has over 1 billion websites and more are being created each day. While everyone serves a niche market, you want to ensure that your website pops up when a user searches for things that are related to your field. Having a website with great content is not good enough. You need to invest in certain aspects of a web page to ensure that it ranks highly on search engines results.

This is where SEO specialists come in, with the ability to analyse your web page and recommend ways of improving it, so that Google crawlers can quickly index it and make it appear at the top of search engine result pages (SERPs). It requires some technical computer science knowledge and if you have the skills, you should consider looking for a job in this field.

  1.  Uber driver

Uber drivers

It may sound ridiculous but the good app has created so many jobs and is now available in 54 countries across the globe. This simple-to-use app is transparent, fast, and efficient, making it a darling of many users. This app has shown tremendous growth and with the rise in its use, demand is bound to go up.

If you have good driving skills, are honest, have a smartphone, have a car in good condition, and can use Google maps well, then you should consider enrolling on this service and getting your next job through your phone.

  1.  Cloud computing specialist

Cloud computing involves storing information on servers outside your computer’s hard disk, which enables you to access this information from anywhere without having to log onto the machine where you stored the work. This is a relatively new technology that is slowly picking up with the growth of remote, working teams and the need to access information at any time and from anywhere.

As this technology picks up, there will be an increased demand for those with the right skillset to help organisations manage their cloud computing systems.

Finding a job is not easy but with these emerging jobs, facilitated by the growth and adaptation of technology, more opportunities will be created for those with the right skills and capabilities. As such, do not just limit yourself to traditional jobs. Be proactive and explore these new opportunities, which are fast-paced and exciting.

 

Njeri Karanja
Njeri is a reading and creative writing enthusiast who is neck-deep in research writing. She is well versed in researching and writing on various topics.

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