Megatrends Are Mission Critical for Better Job Searchers, Career Changers and Investors Who Want Great Results!
By Darrell Z. DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach of http://RighteousResumes.com Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved.
Never just look for employment, when you can get hired, advance your career, guarantee future prosperity and secure career for decades to come in the same step. Leveraging megatrends will help you do exactly that. Strategic planning is necessary today to prevent frequent, extended job searches that last 1-2 years and numerous layoffs. By hitching your wagon to an industry that is benefiting from a world-wide/nationwide megatrend growth, it will ensure stability in your employment, earnings and future. Megatrends result in massive growth of jobs for decades. NHL Hall of Famer, Wayne Gretsky, the Great One always said, "I always wanted to skate to where the puck was going to be."
Apple was a designer, developer, manufacturer and seller of Mac computers before they invented the iPod, iPad, Apple App Store and iPhone. As we all know the iPhone, iPad & Apple App store launched the massive world-wide mobile Internet megatrend. Many thousands of professionals and investors have benefited from this megatrend. No, it's not hard to identify industries that will/are experiencing megatrend growth. All you have to do is read this info article (share it with friends/family to help them out). Find 2-4 megatrends you like best and make a plan to capitalize on them by finding job titles within those industries that you can be passionate about and enjoy. By the way, my clients tell me Apple Inc. is a true top-tier employer.
As a job searcher, entrepreneur or investor you will need to use the search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Duck, Duck Go to find fine employers that are in these industries or will directly benefit from a megatrend. Megatrend companies will always have increasing payroll budgets, marketing & advertising budgets, sales revenue and profits regardless of the economy because they are riding a Tsunami of success vs. the typical industry's up and down roller coaster. This is especially important because the cost of living, groceries, housing, energy and raising a family is higher than ever now.
As a veteran Certified Professional Resume Writer and Job Search/Career Coach, it is my duty to inform you that it is a huge help to stay clear of stagnant, declining or cyclical industries if you have the option. What good is a $150K-$200K/year career if you cannot find work in 3-4 years out of every decade? Think about that for a minute. Yes, some cyclical industries pay extremely well, but they can also be in downturns for 3 of every ten years on average. Regardless of your current status as a professional, executive, entrepreneur or investor, my best advice is to be flexible, adaptable and changeable enough to benefit from this well-researched list of megatrends long term:
Telecommuting/remote work/working from home opportunities are incredibly popular thanks to ultra-high-speed Internet, video conferencing with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Adobe Connect, Skype, Facetime and email. Probably half of all US professionals worked remotely from home during the Coronavirus Lockdowns of 2020-2021. We use remote desktop access applications to work from home and many liked it since it eliminates a long commute. This is especially helpful for folks who are disabled, elderly or in remote locations. All PCs/Macs sold today have HD video cameras and microphones.
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (Upstream, Midstream & Downstream): In mid-March 2022 WTI crude oil hit an all time high of $130/gallon because President Biden shut down the Keystone Pipeline on his first day in office. He has done everything possible since to shrink the oil & gas industry while promoting green energy since then. Consequently, oil & gas production has slowed despite the warning from the weeklong North Texas power outage in Winter 2021 due to wind turbines and solar panels being covered in ice and snow. In Mid-March the Biden administration banned Russian oil imports because of Russia's brutal military invasion into Ukraine. Now we have a shortage of 5 million barrels per year until the supply can catch up with demand (at least a 16-18 months off). Clearly, the oil & gas industry will prosper and is/will be hiring all the personnel they can during this time. Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana will benefit significantly.
Electric Vehicles - TESLA has proved it can be done, consumers and investors have embraced TESLA, and other innovators in electric vehicles have followed. Electric vehicles now can have solar panels on their roofs to recharge their batteries on the go. People love the increased torque, low noise, convenience, and low impact to the ecosystem. TESLA has gone global with production in China and Germany. TESLA has opened a battery and truck manufacturing facilities in Austin TX.
Green Energy: Solar Power, Wind Power, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Extended-Life Lithium Batteries with Graphene, Electric Vehicles etc. Other than a few unfortunate events like hail damage or the one-week power outage for North Texans from the Dallas Fort Worth snowstorm & deep freeze that froze over the Wind Turbines with ice and covered the solar panels with snow and ice (North Texas lost 25% of its entire electric power supply in February 2021), renewable energy is more reliable than ever.
Nationwide Talent Shortages: Currently we have nationwide talent shortages for Truck Drivers, Long Distance Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers/Teams, Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, Surgeons, Physician's Assistants, Paramedics, Air Traffic Controllers, Airline Pilots, Pilots; Java, .NET & Python Developers etc.
Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Protection and Environmental Remediation/Restoration: People have been exposed to water, air and soil pollution. They have been diagnosed with cancer from dangerous chemicals like Roundup, herbicides, pesticides, solvents, paint removers etc. They do not like the results, want to do better and now are better educated on why we need to take care of the planet and our ecosystems. This is something we can all be passionate about. Environmental Science, Compliance and Remediation are all solid career paths.
In-home health care for seniors/disabled includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, memory-loss care facilities and rehab care centers (for post-surgery, accident or illness assistance) as so many more baby boomers reach retirement age.
Hospital Information Systems and biomedical technology/equipment used in hospitals, health systems and medical clinics: All the medical records have transitioned paper to electronic/digital so now millions of IT professionals, technical professionals, medical equipment technicians, software developers, and technical project managers have jobs.
Video Conferencing vs. in-person meetings, seminars, conferences, trainings and presentations - Modern video conferencing takes 3 forms, from conference room-based systems, team-based video conferences where everyone has a voice to executive systems, video phones and web-based or computer video conferencing software. Government, Businesses, Education, Health Care and Faith-Based organizations are all buying in and saving serious expenses on business travel, especially in international business.
The development, acceptance and promotion of Biofuels with the official endorsement by the US Government/EPA in the Biden Administration. The President announced a goal to reduce/eliminate Jet pollution by the year 2025. Chevron signed a major contract with GEVO Inc. for biofuel (other oil & gas peers will follow Chevron's lead) and suddenly Gevo Inc. is on the way to becoming a billion-dollar Co. Now the largest oil companies are behind it, because this allows them to diversify their (investment) energy offerings to the next fuel that everyone will be using.
Government Growth, Government Waste/Misuse of Taxpayer Funds, Government Over-Reach/Over-Regulation and Government Control: We the people need more guardians, protectors and legal advocates for our freedom. The entire fear campaign, Coronavirus Pandemic and Lockdowns shut down America for six-18 months depending on where you lived at the time. New York, California, Hawaii, Canada and Oregon were locked down long term but even two weeks was too long. Americans have seen their God-given freedoms diminished for five consecutive decades and we need professionals to be part of the solution no more than ever.
5G & 6G Wireless Internet, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: All three will transform entire industries! Businesses, organizations, banks, financial institutions and industries will have to adapt or die.
The massive growth of Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Herbs, Homeopathic Remedies, Amino Acids, protein powders, green powders and juicing vegetables & fruits will continue worldwide. The aging population wants to look younger, perform better and feel better.
Fitness centers, Gyms, Personal Training Fitness Facilities and Fitness Clubs will continue their megatrend growth and multiply, even though they were all temporarily closed during the Coronavirus Lockdowns of 2020-2021. American have their freedom again. Thank God!
Natural health, nutrition, wellness & holistic healing has become vastly popular all over the world because so many people are not able to afford the high cost of health care, cannot wait for treatment, seek all natural solutions or wish to avoid bad side effects of chemical treatments. Thus, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Herbalists, Reflexologists, Health & Wellness Coaches, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists will continue to be relied on.
Diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart attacks, clogged arteries, antibiotic resistant infections, MRSA, deadly viruses like Coronavirus etc. are all common place now, where just several decades ago there were far less common. There are far more chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, pollutants and exhaust fumes that taint our air, water and soil now.
The most popular items people search for on the Internet are still Health and Beauty related products, services and info. Businesses continue to flourish in this field. Bariatric Surgeons, Cosmetic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Cosmetic Dentists, Orthodontists, Makeup Artists, Estheticians etc. It's 2022, everybody wants to look and feel their best.
The high demand for high-definition video content, entertainment, education, training and rapid growth of video, television shows, sports, movies and YouTube on the Internet. Video content will soon take the place of text/info articles and blog posts all over the Internet now that we have 5G Internet on our smartphones, in vehicles and in our homes. Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube and Duck Duck Go search engines now offer instant search results for videos.
Internet viruses, worms, ransomware and malware threats are more frequent and serious for all PC/Mac users. There are also hackers, state-sponsored hackers, cyber criminals, and Internet based terrorists. Internet Security, Information Security and Cyber Security are mission critical concerns for all employers, organizations and nonprofits today.
The cloud hosting, cloud data storage, and cloud computing movement - We are moving away from physical PCs with bulky hard drives and individual software licenses per PC and to Software as a Service/Cloud Computing where we pay for access to memory and a whole suite of great software applications. This has the advantage of automatic backup and very safe storage as well as greater security and protection from theft…. Did you know that Google, Microsoft, OpenOffice.org all offer office software on the Internet now?
Websites on the Internet, Internet Marketing 3.0 and Ecommerce are huge growth trends providing plenty of work for Graphic Designers, Writers/Copywriters, Software Developers, Web Designers, and Internet Marketers. Free offers, training seminars, eBooks or valuable info is used to collect email addresses, for email marketing and email list building. This way businesses can generate multiple sales offers from one website visit. This is the new standard.
More and more traditional brick & mortar business will continue to migrate to the Internet to reduce expenses and sales taxes, especially if a Value Added Tax comes along. The university, graduate school, travel industry, mortgage, credit card, investing, freelance, job search, sports, entertainment and TV shows have done so already. Internet shopping, email, and the instant satisfaction of the Internet have already adversely halved the market share of the USPS, so make sure your targeted field benefits from the Internet vs. becomes its next victim.
More smart people are investing in stocks, gold, silver, platinum, fine art and cryptocurrencies to protect themselves from the inevitable fiat currency depreciation of the US Dollar and inflation. The government will not admit it but when a new car/truck used to be $5,000 and they are now > $25,000 only 40 years later (a 400% increase). Something is amiss. When I was a kid, a new home was $50,000, now an equivalent home is $400,000 in my neighborhood. Do the math!
Real Estate Investors that specialize in home renovations/rehabs, cosmetic improvements and complete rebuilds. Recessions, Extinction of Entire Industries/Professions, Coronavirus Pandemic & Lockdown, floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and natural disasters consequences: Evictions, foreclosures, bankruptcies, divorces, business closings, ruined credit, repossessed vehicles, Sheriff sales, total liquidation real estate auctions, abandoned homes, increased crime rates. The security and debt collection fields are also experiencing steady growth.
Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Video Marketing is huge! The whole sales cycle has shortened. More and more business will continue to migrate to the Internet. Brick and mortar travel agencies, mortgage banks, local newspapers, movie theaters, and retail stores will be challenged. Hello Apple Itunes, Ipad, Kindle, eBooks, Internet financed car loans, mortgages, personal loans and travel agencies. We the people have spoken.
College education, Grad School, Trade Schools and Computer/Software Education are migrating away from physical classrooms with sky-high prices and to digital learning at much more affordable prices. Instant access to distance learning is empowering students everywhere. Learning anything via the Internet is incredibly common worldwide and we are all better for it. That said many professions like Electricians, Plumbers, Welders, Carpenters, Bricklayers and Stone Masons will still require an apprenticeship.
Water/Bottled & Branded Water: Fresh and pure water is becoming more and more precious, and people are more willing to pay for it. A one-pint bottle of Pellegrini sparkling water now costs $8 at my favorite restaurant (ugh!). Reverse osmosis turns salt water into fresh affordably and is in massive demand worldwide both for cost effectiveness and greater efficiency.
Biotech Medicines, Medical Devices, Vaccines and Pharmaceutical Drugs: With countless billions to spend on advertising, they will grow and grow. Now they are even advertising a FREE first month supply of the Rx drug you want in the TV commercials. Meanwhile, 600 FDA approved drugs are quietly recalled or taken off the market every year due to dangerous side effects or deaths (have you looked up the side effects of fluoroquinolones lately?). Generic drug companies like Teva will grow even more because consumers prefer their affordable prices when they are available.
Retirement Planners, Financial Planners and Wealth Preservation Specialists: Investment strategies are now taught to and for everyone. However, it's ten times better when you rely on/learn investing best practices from an expert. Experts give you specialized advice for your unique situation, risk tolerance, income level, and retirement goals. Mobile Internet, smartphones and smartphone apps now let you invest from anywhere. Thus, the huge growth in investing by the general public. Currently there is strong demand for slow, steady, safe money wealth preservation from annuities, tax-free municipal bonds and real estate. Annuities protect clients from the downside of the stock market risk while still allowing for participation in the gains of the S&P 500, allow for tax-free transfer of wealth, and have a death benefit.
Fresh Local Produce, Organic Farming, Organic Produce & Natural Foods, Natural Health Food Stores/Grocery Stores: More and more of our food has been processed, genetically engineered or is from genetic hybrid plants and trees. More of our food is processed with preservatives, stabilizers, flavor enhancers (MSG), sugars like high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, can syrup, fructose, salt, food coloring, and toxic chemicals. More and more of our meat, poultry and fish protein sources are treated with antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones. The result, an epidemic of disease, diabetes, cancer, antibiotic resistance, and obesity. Smart people know that good health and nutrition is the foundation of a happy life, children/family, career, retirement and community.
Holistic Treatment and Behavioral Therapy at Rehab & Detox Centers, Health & Wellness Recovery Retreats, Weight Loss Retreats/Spas/Clinics, Alternative Cancer Treatment Centers, Group Therapy/Counseling for Addictions etc. Let's face it the Internet, sports betting, Internet gambling, and video gaming is addictive. What's going to happen when alternate reality, virtual reality and the Metaverse is popular. Oh wait, they already are.
Cocooning, the more epidemics, virtual reality, video games, video streaming, the metaverse and modern technology become a part of our lives the more we will stay at home. Ever since the Coronavirus Pandemic, cooking at home from scratch has made a big comeback. We now watch brand new movies via pay per view Cable TV, Satellite TV or Netflix/Internet streaming services. Families have theaters in their homes today. Every restaurant delivers. People/families are becoming more home centric with the likely exception of college students. Rapidly rising home prices, property taxes and building supplies reinforce this megatrend. Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LoMo (an awesome video sharing app) and LinkedIn are capitalizing on this, why not you? All these companies are hiring.
Rampant Crime, Internet Crime/Hacking, Lawlessness, Violent Protests, a Flood of Illegal Aliens/Criminals Entering the US, the Growth of the Dark Net, Human Trafficking, Widespread Availability of Illegal Drugs/Abuse of Rx Drugs and Untraceable Cryptocurrencies. We need more Police Officers, State Troopers and Police Detectives now more than ever. Please send your local law enforcement professionals prayers and show them respect, gratitude and appreciation!
Why do people think it is okay to use chemicals like weed killers and pesticides? These same people wonder why people have more dreadful diseases, polluted water, and the honeybees, dragonfly, spider and frog populations are disappearing. Going organic and getting back to nature to control insects/pests and handle household cleaning is a megatrend. You can make a safe & effective homemade pest and weed killing spray from vinegar and a few other ingredients in less than five minutes. Careers in that protect and preserve the environment will be growing.
Robotics in manufacturing and AI in customer service will continue worldwide. Artificial intelligence is growing, but please do not even think of contributing there. Watch all the Terminator movies for the reasons why. All the AI developers should not be surprised to discover that they are being laid off because they've been replaced by robots with AI. Seriously, steer clear of this profession. There no positive side to hastening the demise of the Earth's entire human population. Think of a ruthless dictator with 100+ terminator robots at his command how would you stop an unstoppable force like that in your own neighborhood? If you don't this will happen, watch all the Terminator movies again until it sinks in.
Demand for entertainment, movies, sports and music will continue to grow as consumers place a higher value on entertainment.
More and more folks are choosing to become Entrepreneurs and start their own businesses for freedom, independence and wealth.
Smart phones need smart phone applications, eBook readers need applications, netbooks need applications. Software developers, Software Engineers and Technical Project Managers will continue to be in demand.
Brazil, Russia, India and China will be going through their high growth/high production/high consumption stage like America did in the 1940s through 2007.
Nuclear energy and weapons proliferation is a megatrend, uranium mining is in massive demand because it is reliable.
Geologists are in high demand and will be from the mining industry, uranium, lithium, precious metals and oil and natural gas is now bigger than ever since we know we have a > 200-year supply. This is thanks to new environmentally sound fracking methods and a huge resurgence in American oil exploration and production. All our refineries are busy.
Personal networking is the single most effective way of finding work for most Americans in these challenging times. Resumes have gone almost 100% electronic except for during interviews. LinkedIn is the place to be seen for maximum visibility if you want to get hired. Employers look there for the best and brightest talent.
Customer service and technical support is disappearing everywhere, especially on the Internet. Make your voice heard demand real customer service and buy from those companies who offer it. Do not ever use automated tellers or self-service checkout machines at the supermarket, keep your fellow humans employed.
People who speak Arabic are in high demand especially in the NASA, CIA, FBI for anti-terrorism efforts. Do to the current shortage this would be a great language to learn if you want to hit the employment jackpot and serve your country at the same time. Bilingual (Spanish speaking) employees are in great demand in Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, New Mexico etc.
Homeland Security's continued growth is virtually guaranteed here in America. This one requires no explanation because we all value safety.
Huge growth in discovering and drilling oil & gas (fracking, currently highly profitable at $72/BBL) and mining for minerals, lithium for batteries is in great demand worldwide, uranium, silver, gold, copper, and platinum mining will be in high-growth mode because all fiat currencies continue to lose value.
As record numbers of people reach retirement age and the whole population continues to age and live longer there will continue to be a huge need for retirement homes, nursing homes and assisted living centers. This creates safe and secure long term employment for Administrators, Nurses, Nurse's Aids, Medical Technicians, Counselors, Physical Therapists and Janitors.
Recycling has proven beneficial for the environment, employers love it, and it saves lots of energy and money too. Reusing and recycling trends will continue and grow in popularity. Environmental cleanup and pollution control will have strong growth too.
Increased use and demand for efficient public transportation in large cities is another huge growth trend gasoline is over $3.15 a gallon again so buses, subways and trains are the sensible option. Another big factor is the increased cost of repairing a vehicle today, if you thought grocery prices are skyrocketing, wait till you get your next mechanic's bill.
Information Technology is another area with incredible career opportunities, even for those without a formal business or technology education. Many of the job postings for IT professionals will state bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. Although the various industry certifications are generally affordable, the more expensive ones can be paid for by your employer their tuition assistance program (TAP).
Believe me as a hiring manager and business owner, I have noticed a huge difference between the compensation, retirement plans and job security between those in secure fields and those in declining industries. Sometimes the smartest thing you ever can do is leave an industry in a downturn before it gets worse. Hiring happens in the growth industries and layoffs happen in the shrinking ones.
Regardless of whether you are a positive or negative thinker, it pays to take advantage of megatrends. They can help whether you are a job hunter, investor or entrepreneur. So why not take advantage now that you know the secret of the world's most successful people?
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