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Now is a time of transformation on the work landscape. Resultantly, newly minted professionals among Gen Z want future proof careers.

Fortunately for this up-and-coming group, there are several emerging fields that will soon become professional staples as well as other professions that always be in demand. As the millennial population edges closer to 40, the oldest Gen Zer’s are advancing from college prepared to enter the workforce. Meanwhile, the youngest of this group are just entering college and university training.

Although Gen Z and millennials are close in age, there are differences between the two generations. Gen Z may not remember the grief felt by the United States as it struggled to process the events of 9/11. However, the group is no stranger to hard times: many of Gen Zer’s were old enough to remember their parents struggling through the 2008 recession.

From early childhood, Gen Z was surrounded by smart devices and other technology. This group never even heard of a floppy disk or Walkman. In fact, Gen Z is considered the first fully digital generation in history.

For the members of Gen Z just entering college, choosing a career path can be challenging amidst a whirlwind of industry transformation. The following sections highlight 5 satisfying and prosperous careers for Gen Zer’s.

Make the Most of Data as an Information Technology Specialist

Information Technology (IT) specialists analyze and secure the world’s information networks. As a matter of fact, cybersecurity is a top concern among enterprise leaders.

A Management Information Systems degree can help aspiring Gen Z computer experts learn the skills needed to excel in this highly relevant field. In addition to computer training, MIS training teaches career hopefuls strategic thinking and leadership.

MIS students also learn how to apply their skills in a business environment. This is especially beneficial for graduates who wish to one day launch their own enterprise.

As a Machine Learning Engineer, You Can Teach Computers to Learn

Some emerging fields are destined for success. Machine learning is one of those areas.

In college, machine learning engineers learn a range of coding language and computer skills. They use their knowledge to work with artificial intelligence (AI) that adapts and learns as it completes tasks.

The demand for machine learning specialist is high. The experts work with complex algorithms, data and programming while training AI systems.

As is widely believed, AI technology will render a range of professions obsolete. At the same time, the technology will create new opportunities for professionals with the skills needed to work with the innovation.

Heal Bodies and Minds as a Holistic Health Specialist

U.S. healthcare organizations increasingly recognize the effectiveness of holistic healing. As the nation’s medical institutions segue from volume-based to preventative care models, the demand for alternative health solutions is on the rise.

Gen Zer’s who pursue training in this field in a discipline such as massage therapy learn massage therapy and the principles of holistic healing combined with Western practices. Furthermore, training in holistic wellness teaches students respect for the mind, body and soul. Certificate programs in this field allow learners to enter professional employment quickly, with the option to pursue continued education.

Find Your Niche in Medicine as an Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiologists work with medications that eliminate pain. They are doctors, so it’s a good idea for Gen Zer’s who wish to enter this field to start on this path early in their college training. Anesthesiologists must first earn a four-year graduate degree, and then attend four years of graduate medical school.

The soon-to-be doctors must complete an additional four year’s residency training. Then, they can sit for the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) certification exam. Anesthesiology students can also pursue further training in specialty areas.

Get Your Foot in the Door as an Entry-Level Software Developer

For those who enjoy continuous learning, software development is a good fit. Developers must learn continuously to ensure that their skills remain up-to-date. As time goes on, new frameworks and tools emerge that make software development simpler and more efficient. In this field, there’s always something new to learn.

There’s more to this profession, however, than working with computers. Software developers work with teams, so it’s essential that they can effectively communicate with others. Furthermore, the job requires critical thinking, as part of software development requires dissecting how teams work and figuring out how to effectively contribute toward achieving organizational objectives.

For now, it’s hard to tell if the job landscape for Gen Z will consist of mostly technology professions. Surprisingly, a significant segment of the first full generation of the digital age reveals in surveys that they do not use technology for everything. In fact, 37-percent of Gen Zer’s worry that technology is stifling the human connection.

From an employer’s perspective, Gen Zers’ personalities or a combination of practicality and idealism. As more of this latest generation enter employment, their effect on society and the workforce will be revealed.

By Ryan Ayers

About the author

Ryan Ayers has consulted a number of companies within multiple industries including information technology and big data. After earning his MBA in 2010, Ayers also began working with start-up companies and aspiring entrepreneurs, with a keen focus on data collection and analysis.