One of the greatest problems of human resource management and recruitment is finding the right professionals with right training to fill in vacant positions. Just recently in the US, most employers were complaining of not finding enough professionals to fill in vacant positions. Not only are American employers complaining but in Africa too, there are certain specialized jobs you can’t find them here. There are many reasons why this is happening. First of all, we are looking too much to the traditional jobs and failing to look at the new jobs which are being created. Secondly, we really do not know what the jobs and future professions are so we can’t take advantage of them. Thirdly, our universities don’t offer some of these courses, especially in Africa,so we do courses that are not relevant to the economy and ourselves too. I don’t see a country like Ghana who is in dire need of IT, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS etc., will allow her brightest students to go out and study drumming in its universities, let alone create a faculty for that. If you are in Africa and elsewhere, take your destiny into your own hands and try and do some of these courses and you will never be jobless. Some of these professions will not be relevant at the moment in Africa; studying them will be a waste of time, unless in the US and Europe. Let get down into the various professions and see what we’ve got.
These professionals are the brains behind your Candy Crush obsession and Android phone dependency. They might be applications developers, who design computer software, databases and games, or they could be systems-focused developers, who are responsible for building operating systems. Growth for both types of IT professionals should balloon: The Bureau of Labour Statistics in the USA predicts there will be nearly 140,000 brand new positions created before 2022.In Africa, this profession has been projected to be a hot cake in few years to come.Though there aren’t enough professionals in this field at the moment, but there is an indication of gradual pick up.
Computer Systems Analyst
A systems analyst is an IT professional who specializes in analyzing, designing and implementing information systems. System analysts assess the suitability of information systems in terms of their intended outcomes and liaise with end users, software vendors and programmers in order to achieve these outcomes.Although they may be familiar with a variety of programming languages, operating systems, and computer hardware platforms, they do not normally involve themselves in the actual hardware or software development. They may be responsible for developing cost analysis, design considerations, staff impact amelioration, and implementation time-lines.The BLS(USA) predicts 24.5 percent employment growth for this job by 2022.African professionals should watch this job too,there a lot of opportunity already in this field.
In Africa, the dentist to population ratio is approximately 1:150000 against about 1:2000 in most industrialized countries.There is no doubt about this opportunity in Africa for this job.As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Teeth are always in style.” Dentists surely think so. They make their living diagnosing and treating our teeth and gums, and counseling us on how to maintain good oral health. This profession is expected to add 23,300 new jobs up to the year 2022 in the USA.
It’s a nurse practitioner’s array of capabilities, coupled with the fact they can work independently of physicians when treating patients, that makes our No. 2 Health Care Job an attractive career choice. The BLS predicts 37,100 new positions for these professionals between 2012 and 2022.In Africa this profession is a hot cake.
Pharmacists mix technical, organizational and people skills in a customer service environment. Each day, more than 281,560 pharmacists dispense medicine and advice to patients at hospitals and retail chains. The profession is expected to grow 14.5 percent by 2022 in the USA.But in Africa it seems this profession is a little bit in limbo.But I think if you really want to set up your own pharmacy business ,then this profession will be good for you.At The moment the job market in Africa for Pharmacist is choked and isn’t going to abate now.
Nursing is an indispensable profession in health care sector; one where workers are almost always needed. This year is no different, as the BLS (USA)anticipates 19.4 percent employment growth in this field between 2012 and 2022.Africa too is no different,Nurses are in high demand and it will not subside now.
A physical therapist’s job description might include helping a paralytic regain mobility or a cancer survivor renew his or her strength. The profession is expected to grow 36 percent by 2022.I will not advise you to try this profession in Africa especially if you want to work for the government hospitals.This role is normally performed by general nurses.
Physicians are at the top of the health care food chain – it’s their responsibility to diagnose and treat patients, and instruct on proper diet, hygiene and disease prevention. Like other jobs in this industry, physicians will see abundant job growth. The BLS(USA) forecasts 123,300 new job openings for physicians from 2012 to 2022.In Africa, there are huge gaps of shortage of doctors and the few doctors in there are not paid well as compared to their colleagues in the USA and else where.
Web developers are responsible for the sleek fonts and clean layout you love on your favorite websites. The BLS considers this one of the fastest-growing jobs this decade and predicts employment should swell at a rate of about 20 percent by 2022.In Africa, this trend is not different.
In addition to cleaning teeth, dental hygienists educate patients on proper oral hygiene. Something else of note: They make yearly salaries of about $70,700, although most work part time. Expect 33.3 percent employment growth world wide for this field within ten years.
Information Security Analyst
If you’ve watched the news this year, then you probably have a good idea how important this IT professional is to companies and the government – as analysts plan and monitor security of computer networks. You probably also aren’t surprised by how much this occupation will grow: 36.5 percent by the year 2022.
This fast-growing profession involves setting up databases to fit a company’s need, then maintaining those database’s operations. The BLS predicts this field will add 17,900 new positions by 2022.
Working under the supervision of doctors, physician assistants interpret X-rays and blood tests, record patients’ progress, conduct routine exams and treat a range of ailments. When you couple growth projections for 33,300 new jobs with a razor-thin 1.2 percent unemployment rate – one of the lowest on our Best Jobs list overall – the job outlook for physician assistants is quite strong.
Not all therapy involves evaluating clients reclining on Barcaloungers. Occupational therapists, for instance, help patients with physical, mental and developmental disabilities to assimilate in society. It’s one of the occupations that’s especially on the rise, with 29 percent employment growth expected between 2012 and 2022.
Market Research Analyst
Market research analysts study our habits as consumers and use those observations to counsel companies on how to package, brand and sell products. The BLS predicts an impressive 31.6 percent employment increase for this occupation between 2012 and 2022.
Anyone who chooses this field has to be comfortable with blood, needles, databases, test tubes and blood vials. Top-notch people skills don’t hurt, either. The BLS forecasts growth of 27,100 new positions for this occupation between 2012 and 2022.
Physical Therapist Assistant
There’s a slightly lower education bar to enter this occupation than to become a physical therapist, but assistants do many of the same tasks, including monitoring therapeutic exercises, observing progress in a treatment plan and offering proper education for patients post treatment. Physical therapist assistants fell slightly from No. 15 to No. 17 this year, but this occupation is growing at break-neck speed: 41 percent between 2012 and 2022.In Africa this professional outlook or position is not too good.
Part of the payoff to this job is looking around and seeing the fruits of your skill and labor. Civil engineers have a hand in building bridges, retrofitting buildings and damming reservoirs. By 2022, there should be 53,700 new openings for civil engineer.Africa is experiencing some boom in the construction industry, and researchers predicts that more Civil engineers will be needed now, and in the future.
This job is a perfect blend of right- and left-brain thinking: Mechanical engineers shepherd devices from the theoretical design phase to the technical production phase. The profession makes our list for its low unemployment rate of 3.1 percent and comfortable median salary of salary of $80,580.In Africa, prospect for this profession is a little good.
They’re basically animal doctors, but they’re so much more: They protect food supply by inspecting livestock, they promote public health by fighting animal-borne diseases and they help educate people on how to have a healthy relationship with animals. Given the advancements in this field, expect a 12 percent employment to jump world wide between 2012 and 2022.
You may also want to change your profession, you could pick up any of these professions of your choice and work on it.You could also advice your young children to have these professions in mind when making decisions of that sort.
BY YOUR MAN
DON C. HARDER