Many wonder where people will find jobs in the United States in 2012. The U.S. has gone from a manufacturing economy to one that is tied to services, technology and financial engineering. The trends are pretty clear: Jobs in those fields will need filling.
The aging of America will also create jobs. Something like 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. They will continue to do so for the next 17 years. This means that health care jobs and services for the aged and infirm will grow. Many of these jobs are service-oriented, but many of them are technology-based.
Most of these aging Boomers are downsizing. They're trying to get out of homes they can’t afford, and into smaller ones that fit their new, empty-nest lifestyles. So, the construction field will not grow much.
Americans need veterinary care for the more than 100 million pets that they cherish and spend heavily on. More jobs will appear in this field, an area that's often overlooked.
Medical technicians will be in great demand for the foreseeable future. These jobs require training, but they do not require a 4-year college education, and they pay quite well.
Information technology continues to grow, so more jobs related to computers, communications and networks will need to be filled. Both software and hardware will continue to evolve.
Demand is on the rise for small, localized firms that provide both technology and services in many areas. These jobs require technical training, a good work ethic and a willingness to be of service to people—and to their machines and computers. This goes beyond the cliché of the cable guy. Even many cable problems are now solved by signals sent from service representatives in an office.
Finally, industrial and manufacturing jobs that involve new technology, automation and computer controls will thrive in the U.S. Operators of multimillion-dollar plants and equipment that costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars will become valuable employees. Maintenance jobs in these plants are not glamorous, but they are essential.
Whether you are the employer, or the prospective employee, plan ahead. This is a new era and the new middle class will be completely different than the one we knew just a few decades ago. They'll know how to do different, more technologically sophisticated jobs.
Competent, loyal, dedicated people will be valued. Find the people, find the training, find the jobs and win. Ignore these facts, and you will suffer.