As the world changes, so do its desirable jobs

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As the world changes, so do its desirable jobs

Hot jobs of the future will be in fields like computer security and health care but also some unexpected realms like building Korean-style houses.

The Korea Employment Information Service released a report on job prospects in Korea on Thursday. The report includes prospect for 196 common jobs in Korea over the next 10 years, from 2018 to 2027.

A decade from now, fields like energy and bioengineering will take the center stage, as will jobs such as airline pilot, cabin crew and computer security experts. General practioners will be needed in medicine, and Korean medicine doctors too. Lawyers will have good prospects.

Other promising fields: social welfare, airlines, computer security and industrial safety. As Korea’s population ages there will be an increased need for caregivers, nurses, nurse’s aides, physical and occupational therapists and social workers. Veterinarians will be needed as older people adopt more pets.

The report predicts an expansion in legal services requiring more patent attorneys. As more people travel, it was estimated that the number of airline pilots and cabin crew will also rise.

As the government puts more emphasis on renewable energy, energy engineering technicians will be needed along with professionals who handle industrial safety and risk management.

Hanok, the traditional Korean-style house, is regaining its popularity so carpenters who build Korean-style houses will do well.

Yet people working in the wedding industry - wedding consultants and planners - will have fewer prospects since more Koreans choose to stay single. The development of automation technology will likely replace ticket agents, telemarketers, business management clerks and simple laborers. The decline in operators of printing presses and photofinishing shops was the steepest among the unpromising 32 jobs.

The Korea Employment Information Service said the most influential key phrases that determine the rise and fall of jobs were automation, aging and the environment.

“In order to adapt to the changing job market of the future, people need to be familiar with the developing technology and pay attention to how social policies change,” said Park Ga-yeol, an associate research fellow at the Korea Employment Information Service.

“In addition, it is necessary for people to find their own expertise.”

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