Career Transitions in the Digital Revolution


Looking into the future of what jobs will look like, experts predict that we are in the midst of another industrial revolution that will dwarf what took place in the early 1800s. The first Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain then spread to Western Europe and the United States. Within a few decades, processes went from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing, and iron production processes, etc. It created tremendous growth, and changed forever the types of jobs in this country.

Fast forward to 2015 and beyond… yet another Industrial Revolution is upon us.

“New technology will eradicate some jobs, change others, and create new categories of employment,” writes Ben Shiller in Fast Company. New “smart machines” will enter offices, factories, and homes in numbers never before seen.

Some experts predict that up to 50% of the jobs that are currently held today by human workers will be gone in the next 5-10 years as a result of rapid changes in manufacturing technology, communications, robotics, and global competition.

If your response is, “That’s not necessarily a bad thing,” and you are open to learning new skills and proficiencies to adapt to the presence of technology in the workplace, then you are well on your way to being prepared for the digital age revolution.

Learn to recognize a good opportunity when you see one, and don’t be afraid to take a chance that will develop your skills and further expand your network. This attitude and approach will only strengthen your ability to land on your feet during any career transition in the future.

So…what are a few of the “hot” jobs that are trending in 2015 and beyond?

Computer Programming

Due to the fact that “offshoring” computer programming work poses so many security risks, many large employers have reverted to using in-house teams of programmers who can be monitored more carefully. A degree in computer forensics or computer sciences would allow you to become one of these highly paid monitors.

Employment/Recruiting Specialists

Companies that need to scale up or scale down their operations to comply with seasonal customer demand have outsourced their staffing needs to a growing number of professional agencies. If you are especially talented at communicating with people on a personal level as well as evaluating professional potential, a recruiting position may be a lucrative career avenue.

Senior Care

Parents of Baby Boomers formerly relied on large families to share the burden of caring for elderly loved ones. With fewer children to care for them, the Baby Boomers are turning, in record numbers, to professionally operated assisted living facilities. Experience working in nursing, geriatrics, as well as degrees in similar fields would make you the perfect fit for a position in this industry.

Network Specialists

During the merger of one of our largest communications clients, a few of the impacted associates started their own web-based networking company utilizing the Google and Gmail applications. Today’s networking specialists, for example, must integrate wireless devices like phones, laptops, and pagers into their data structures. With knowledge of modern communications technology as well as network infrastructure, you would find positions in this field highly interactive and enjoyable.

Physician’s Assistant

As Americans seek medical treatment more frequently, many doctor’s offices struggle to keep up with demand. Therefore, many medical practices rely more frequently on physician’s assistants to bridge an important gap in the health care process. These positions provide great experience for those seeking to move onward to medical school.

Management Consulting

If you have a knack for solving problems, can communicate well, and have an inner entrepreneurial desire, then this may be an avenue to pursue. Be careful…it is not for everybody. If you’ve got the determination and the grit, then you may consider looking into this field.

Social Services

With more senior citizens applying for government benefits and many families leaving large cities for smaller towns, many government agencies and non-profit organizations seek qualified social services coordinators. These specialists assure that residents of a community can take full advantage of assistance programs.


Making a successful career transition today will require a need to demonstrate adaptability and flexibility to rapidly changing work environments and a strong commitment to becoming a lifelong learner.

By focusing on some of the trending jobs, new emerging markets, and applying the steps for successful professional skill development, you will have a much better chance of finding the right job where you can do what you love, as well as succeed in your career.


A St. Louis native with over 25 years of experience, Rick’s areas of expertise include assessments, development, performance management, career transition, executive search, succession planning, and career planning. He is certified in the Trimetrix Assessment System, DISC, and the PIAV. Active in the community, Rick served on the SLU John Cook School of Business Alumni Board, the West County YMCA Board and co-chaired the annual Night to Remember for the St. Louis Chapter of Alzheimer’s Assoc.

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