The New Year is a great time to think about your career and where you'd like your career to be in the future. But how do you decide what your path should be?
If you are looking to make a career change in the upcoming year, there's some good news. Research shows, around 15% of New Zealand employers are looking to add to their workforces in the coming year, and very few will be decreasing their
There are a few ways to put yourself ahead of the curve and land a rock-star job in 2016. Before jumping into anything, you need to know which industries are hot and which ones are not.
1. Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services
It's a good time to be good with numbers. A growing demand for accounting and other financial services experts means there are jobs waiting for these professionals. Employment for accountants rose 5.6% from 2013 to 2014 and that number is expected to rise as New Zealand's economy improves.
All businesses, large or small, need accountants in both good and bad economic times. If certain fields interest you, chances are those businesses have accountants. Continued training also means there's potential for upward mobility.
2. Contact Centre
Demand for call centre personnel is booming in New Zealand, and it's an industry that comes with a lot of job security. With many businesses seeking call centre employees, it won't be hard to find a company that aligns with your personal interests.
Contact centres have been on the rise in New Zealand since 2010 when the country reported a record 4% growth in the industry. It's continued to be a strong player in the local economy.
Several jobs in the construction industry will be hot for 2016, including carpenters, construction project managers, electricians, quantity and land surveyors, and welders. The demand for these skilled workers is being driven by large infrastructure projects across the country.
There's a range of salaries, depending on specific construction area and skill. For example, a construction project manager could make around $120,000 a year while a carpenter might make around $70,000. There are several construction jobs listed on New Zealand's skill shortage list, meaning there is a strong need for these workers.
4. Property and Engineering
Engineers of all types are in need, especially with the government's current investment in infrastructure and road projects. This occupation has few students enrolled, which means plenty of jobs in the future. Civil, geotechnical, electrical, and structural engineers are all in demand. Architects, civil and structural engineers are particularly in demand in New Zealand.
Another job on the country's long-term skill shortage list, engineering jobs are expected to grow around 3.8% through 2018 and 3.2% through 2023.
The education field tends to be filled with passionate, creative people. If you’re interested in making a real difference by educating young people, you’re in luck. Education will be one of the hot jobs for upcoming years.
Though school teacher job openings of all types are holding steady, the country will especially be looking for a number of early childhood education professionals. These pre-primary teachers work in kindergartens and other care centres teaching the basics of numbers, words, music, literature, and art.
6. Information Technology
Information technology tends to be a growing field no matter your location. Though some training is required, this profession has a lot of staying power and upward mobility. IT is a fast-developing industry that is always looking for smart, detail-oriented people.
New software developers are especially in demand as there is a shortage of graduates in this area. Jobs for software developers are projected to grow by 4.8% per year through 2018.
An Eye toward the Future
If you’re not excited about one of the above categories, look to government sectors or business support for more job opportunities. These growing fields give people who are seeking to change careers many options and locations to choose from.
Switching careers can often be a big adjustment, but a new year is a perfect time to evaluate your future and make those big changes to further your career. Keep an eye toward the future and take steps towards finding your new career today.