CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 2016 job outlooks have been released. 22News found out which careers are booming, and how new technology could be putting your job at risk.
Going green; it seems to be one of the biggest trends of the year.
“You can get receipts over email now, which blows my mind,” said Jemma Penberthy of Holyoke. “We do most things online now. I can’t remember the last time, maybe a birthday card, that I sent over mail.”
However helping the environment can be putting some jobs at risk. According to the CareerCast website, there’s a dramatically reduced demand for paper.
With more and more people going electronic, CareerCast predicts the hiring outlook for mail carriers could be going down by almost 30%.
It’s not just mail carriers. Farmers, lumberjacks even newspapers can expect to see a big decline in career opportunities. So if you’re looking to make green by going green, new technology fields are the way to go.
“All the top jobs are math based, so mathmatician actually came out on top, statistician was second. So a little bit of math a little bit of science gets you a long way to get ready for those kind of fields,” said Karl Petrick, and economics professor at Western New England University.
Although adapting to new technology can be a struggle for older job candidates.
“I think it’s difficult for the people 50 and older that are being laid off because of this technology. They’re the ones that are having the hardest time trying to wrap their arms around it, to learn new jobs, learn new skills. They get frustrated,” said Bob Marshall of West Springfield.
It’s predicted careers in renewable energy, computer technology, and software development will be on the rise.
For a full list of jobs with the worst outlooks next year, Click Here.