The COVID-19 pandemic ripped through 2020 and changed the face of the job industry forever, specifically by creating a need for new jobs and the adaptation of new skills very quickly. So, while some people are starting to get back to work, others are enrolling in school and considering a career change.
Many Arizonans discovered that working from home was the missing key to their happiness and a better work-life balance. However, there are countless others who felt the complete opposite and longed for companionship and comradery of fellow coworkers. Regardless of a person's preference to work from home indefinitely or to go back to an office, the list of in-demand jobs is changing and exploding in certain sectors. Take a look at the list below and see if a new career may be on the agenda in the coming months.
1. Software Developers and Programmers: U.S. News and World Report lists software developer as one of the hottest jobs in America, with the expected demand for positions to continue to trend upwards. Those who are tech-savvy can expect to find a plethora of jobs seeking people who can develop, create, and modify general computer applications and software. Phoenix College offers two degrees in this area and eight certificates. To register for a course or learn more, visit: https://www.phoenixcollege.edu/degrees-certificates/programming-and-mobile-applications
2. Medical Assistant: Individuals in the medical field were the super-heroes of 2020 and the demand for quality healthcare providers is still a necessity. Medical Assistants are integral members of the administrative and clinical healthcare team in various healthcare settings. They act as liaisons between healthcare providers and patients and are of vital importance to the success of the medical practice. Phoenix College offers flexible options for earning the academic credentials you need to get into this high-demand career field. You can prepare to start your career in as little as 16 weeks. To learn more about this certificate, visit: https://www.phoenixcollege.edu/degrees-certificates/medical-assisting
3. Elementary School Teacher: Teachers are the other group of unsung heroes who rose above countless challenges to teach students remotely for an entire year, in many cases. Elementary school teachers are in high demand, as many decided to change career paths in 2020, while others decided to retire. Those interested in educating young minds can complete the first two years of their degree at Phoenix College by enrolling in PC's Associate in Arts, Elementary Education program. To learn more or to get started, visit: https://www.phoenixcollege.edu/degrees-certificates/education/associate-arts-elementary-education-8101-aaee
4. Social Worker: Another career calling for an influx of new employees is social work. It’s comforting to know there are people in the world looking out for the underrepresented. Social workers come to the aid of individuals, families, and special groups to create a safer and more equitable community. Phoenix College can provide the tools necessary to become a social worker through earning an Associate of Arts degree, specializing in social work. For all the details, visit: https://www.phoenixcollege.edu/degrees-certificates/social-work
5. Speech-Language Pathologist: Experts are predicting a job increase of 25 percent for speech language pathologists in the coming years. This career involves helping others with speech communication issues, fixing, and even preventing swallowing disorders in children and adults. Phoenix College offers an Associate in Arts (AA), with emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science. This will provide the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in speech and hearing sciences and/or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in speech-language pathology. To learn more about this booming career, visit: https://www.phoenixcollege.edu/degrees-certificates/health-sciences/associate-arts-emphasis-speech-and-hearing-science-8142-aa
6. Paramedic/EMT: The employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. This is another career that was front and center during the pandemic of 2020 and continues to be held in high regard. Individuals who are ready for constant action and desire to help others would be perfect to become an EMT. Phoenix College is known for their Emergency Medical Technician Program - for information on becoming an EMT visit: https://www.phoenixcollege.edu/programs/emergency-medical-technology
There is still much uncertainty surrounding what the post-COVID world will look like. However, by assessing what thriving businesses and enterprises have done to keep customers and staff safe while ensuring operational continuity, it is possible to predict what roles are going to be in high demand. The six careers listed above will continue to grow and offer positions that will need to be filled soon. With so many sectors in transition, ensuring a talent pipeline with the right skills is going to be vital for a post-COVID recovery in our economy, and that's where education will come into play for millions across the nation, including those in the heart of Phoenix.