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Top Job Positions Across the World and Why

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people live and work. This also caused the career landscape to shift significantly. 

In LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs Report 2019, AI specialists, robotic engineers, and cybersecurity experts are identified as the fastest-growing jobs in the world. 

Although businesses and agencies are still hiring for these positions, a current report that analyzed 2020 LinkedIn data from April to October and compared it with the same period in 2019 reveals a new list of the fastest-growing job categories in 14 countries and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand collectively). 

The report also stated emerging jobs from the following career categories that have seen the highest year-over-year growth rates in hiring.

1. Healthcare Workers

It’s not surprising to see healthcare workers on top of the list. The pandemic created this great need for doctors, nurses, and paramedics. Specialized medical professionals or front liners are one of the top three emerging jobs in nine countries while they rank the first in four countries, namely, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Even healthcare support staff, such as healthcare assistants, patient services coordinators, and home health aides were one of the top 10 fast-growing job categories in 12 countries and Southeast Asia.

With the COVID-19 situation, everyone needs healthcare workers in their systems. This pandemic shows the shortage of nurses not only in the United States but also on a global scale. 

2. Content Specialists

The increasing demand for digital content creators is observed even before the pandemic. But the surging demand becomes more evident during this time when digitizing your business is a trend. Also, with the health and safety protocols that should be followed, many people have to work from home. This setup favors the rise of content specialists worldwide. 

Digital content specialist or freelancer is the top emerging job category in India, Germany, and Southeast Asia. It’s also in the top ten in the other seven countries. 

High demand positions in digital marketing include bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, graphic designers, content writers and copywriters who help businesses grow in the changing environment of the business world.

3. E-commerce Experts

With many people restricted at home and made online shopping a habit, the roles needed in e-commerce have exploded. To deal with the changes brought about by COVID-19, many businesses have also turned to e-commerce. 

In 2020, the global e-commerce growth rates reached 27.6%, and it is projected to hit 14.3% in 2021. In the US alone, e-commerce sales were expected to grow by 40.3% and reach $839.02 billion in sales in 2020. From January to October 2020, Amazon hired a total of 427,000 people. In July of the same year, the said e-commerce company started hiring 2,800 people a day.

This growth is the same in Southeast Asia and 11 of the 14 countries examined, where

drivers, supply chain specialists, package handlers, warehouse team leads, and other related roles are one of the top 10 fastest-growing job categories. 

4. E-learning Tutors/Teachers

In this time of the pandemic, many students from preschool to graduate school moved to virtual classrooms or e-learning setups. This new normal in education generates a high demand for tutors and other educators to assist students and help them cope up. 

In Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands, classroom teachers, professors, tutors, principals, and academic administrators are the top emerging job category. They are also among the top ten jobs in 11 other countries and Southeast Asia. 

5. Business Development and Sales Job Positions

The business environment has changed. That’s why business owners need new development and sales plan from people with great skills in sales management, strategic planning, and negotiation. 

In eight countries and in Southeast Asia, business development and sales job positions were among the top 10 fastest-growing job categories.

Currently, these job positions that are on the rise are those with classic roles in society, namely, healthcare workers, educators, and salespeople, and those positions that have been there even before market digitalization. The increase in demand for these jobs has been largely influenced by the effects of COVID-19 on businesses, consumers, and communities. As the economy grows and the business environment continues to develop, the playing field for job seekers will also keep on changing. Certain job roles will continue experiencing explosive growth compared with others, depending on the need and economic condition.


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