The Future Workforce

“It’s hard to predict the future, especially if you’re still struggling to figure out what’s happening in today’s economy. But predicting the future is exactly what you need if you’re enrolling in college, starting a new career, or investing in new skills.” – Rick Newman

I’m referencing someone else’s work this week, but if any of the above situations apply to you or someone you know, it’s relevant. US News recently published an article about the Future Workforce that included seven sub-articles about different pieces of that future. And if you are now or plan to be part of the workforce, it’s worth the read.

One of those sub-articles details the top 10 jobs predicted to be booming in 2020. This is particularly interesting because when compared to what’s in demand today, you get a pretty good picture of where the workforce system might want to focus its efforts.

Jobs like nursing, computer specialists, and truck drivers top the demand list in Texas today, and two of those are predicted to still be big in 2020. Others on this list however, are nowhere to be found right now, so that’s something we’ll want to look over the next few years. Those top 10 are:

  1. Data Crunchers
  2. Counselors & Therapists
  3. Scientific Researchers
  4. Computer Engineers
  5. Veterinarians
  6. Environmental & Conservation Scientists
  7. Healthcare (Nurses, Audiologists, Dentists, PT’s and Specialty Doctors)
  8. Management
  9. Financial Experts and Advisors
  10. Entrepreneurs

To find out more about these jobs (i.e. what they do, what education and credentials they require, where you can go to get that education and credential, or to see available jobs in these fields right now), consider TexasCARES. This is a tool built and maintained by TWC that lets you research all those things above. Simply click this link, enter the job title you want information about, and then use the provided tabs to get what you want. I’d suggest the TRAINING link in the top nav bar to learn what’s needed, and the TX OPENINGS link at the end of the bottom nav bar to see available jobs in

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