This occupation may not have its own BLS designation yet, but there’s no denying its emergence in the age of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
“Anything that has to do with social media, companies having a social media strategist—that was a job that never existed, because there was no social media,” Barrington said.
These jobs now exist in a variety of settings, from independent to large e-commerce consultancies or marketing firms, and major retailers and brands that hire in-house experts.
Mobile app developer
Most large companies hire their own in-house teams, but many outsource, Grigorakakis said. “There’s an extreme shortage of these people, and often customers have to go to consulting firms because they’re the only people that have skills available.”
A big-data architect can set up the tools so business intelligence analysts can go and analyze the data, he said. There were 18,000 such jobs posted online in January 2012, a 35 percent increase from the previous year, Grigorakakis said. The BLS recently published anarticle on working with big data.
“Cloud computing is enabling companies to do more with their IT spend than they could have 10 years ago because they don’t have to put out huge capital investment,” Grigorakakis said. “For small start-ups, the cloud has been huge.”
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for various inherited genetic disorders and birth defects, providing the information to other health professionals and patients and advising patients and families.
SEO specialist/search-engine optimization engineer
The job of the search-engine optimization, or SEO, has developed over the past decade and is a cross between IT and marketing.
Drone pilot/unmanned aircraft systems crew member
A study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts the industry will generate nearly 104,000 jobs by 2025 as a result of drone aircrafts’ anticipated integration into the national airspace.
3-D printing professionals
It’s unclear what new occupations may emerge in this nascent industry, or whether existing jobs from other industries will change dramatically enough to officially qualify as new occupations.
Wind turbine service technicians
“Because wind-electricity generation is expected to grow over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines. Job prospects should be excellent for qualified candidates,” the BLS said.
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