How confident are you in helping adult learners prepare for a career in health care? In renewable energy?
Submitted by David J. Rosen on October 23, 2018 - 4:58pm
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Hello Career Pathways colleagues,
Perhaps, like me, you have seen the growing trends the past several years in health care, and renewable energy source careers, and have been confident in recommending these two career pathways to adult basic skills learners. Well, here's some data based on a Cognizant Jobs of the Future Index, reported in an Axios.com article, Jobs for Humans in the Robot Age that might shake our confidence.
Jobs that fell the most: *
- Solar Energy Installer: -55%
- Alternative Energy Manager: -48%
- Home Health Aide: -37%
- Registered Nurse: -31%
- Aerospace Engineer: -4%
Jobs that grew the most in the past year:
- Personal Care Aide: +295%
- Genetic Counselor: +222%
- Transportation Supervisor: +204%
- Fashion Designer: +148%
- Video Game Designer: +102%
What's caused the big changes in these two fields? It's an important reminder that whatever career one is preparing for, one should expect change. Environmental, political and social change are all to be expected in our future. Given that, how is an adult learner to prepare? How are occupational and basic skills educators to design programs that will provide the underlying skills of all careers that provide family-sustaining wages or salaries? What are those skills? Are career pathways programs teaching those skills?
David J. Rosen
* Bolding of the first four items is mine.