The United States is seeing a career boom as one out of three industries is foreseeing a rise in employment growth with 7.2 million jobs set to be created over the next five years. Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, which carried out the survey, told Fortune magazine, “The growth will be broad-based, covering everything from IT services to sports instruction. It’s a good indication of stability and strength in the labour market.” The top ten jobs that made the cut in the job portal’s study are online retailing, translation services, physical/occupational/speech therapy, home health care, retirement centres, telemarketing and customer care, marketing consultant, environmental organisations, computer system design, and portfolio management. The online retail boom can be attributed to Amazon whose latest acquisitions this year are the Middle Eastern e-commerce firm, Souk, and American supermarket chain Whole Foods Market which it bought for $13.7 Billion, according to Bloomberg.
The large-scale acquisitions translate into cropping up of more warehouses, factories, storage houses, and customer care services. This means more employment creation and opportunities in the country. However, this is bad news for brick and mortar stores which are already seeing a decline after the boom of the e-commerce websites. As per the magazine, physical/occupational/speech therapy, home health care, and retirement centres point to the elderly population of the country. Roughly 14.5 per cent or one in seven Americans is 65 years or older, according to the Administration for Community Living. As the country ages, more such centres are required and therefore more workforce.