Fastest Growing Occupations through 2026 (And Skills You’ll Need to Remain Marketable)

Looking to the future? Fast Company recently compiled a list of skill areas that experts recommend you brush up on for you to remain marketable through 2026.

Technology Skills

The Pew Research Center reports that 13% of Americans are concerned that they won’t be able to keep up with the technical skills needed to stay competitive in their jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the following jobs will experience growth between now and 2026:

  • Statisticians
  • Software developers, applications
  • Information security analysts

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Caregiving Skills

Demand for caregivers is going to increase as we commit to providing health care for more of the population—a population that is growing and living longer, says John Challenger, CEO of outplacement and career coaching firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc.

The BLS reports that Home Health Aide jobs are expected to grow substantially through 2026, as are jobs as medical secretaries. The following jobs are also expected to see growth:

  • Personal care aides
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physical therapist assistants
  • Physical therapist aides
  • Medical assistants
  • Occupational therapy assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapy aides
  • Occupational therapists

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Social Intelligence and New Media Literacy

Soft skills including social, emotional intelligence and cross-cultural competency are going to be in high demand. Additionally, media literacy requires workers to understand various media platforms and how to participate in many media languages simultaneously

The BLS reports that jobs for retail and other sales representative, marketing specialists and customer service representatives are projected to grow through 2026.

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Lifelong Learning

At Ed4Career, we believe that we are transformed by everything we learn. With the fast pace of today’s technological advances, and the need to keep our skills current, we need to continuously seek out learning opportunities.

Antonia Cusumano, people & organization leader at consulting giant PwC says that how we learn is going to need to change as well. “You’re going to have 10 minutes on your bus ride home when you’re commuting. You’re going to pull up an app from one of the many businesses out there that are doing these mini-clips of video learning. I’d like to learn 10 minutes on C++ so that I can brush up on my coding. You’re going to see learning shift to these little mini bite-sized chunks of information that you can get on the go and when you need it and at any given time,” she says.

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Understanding How Businesses Operate

Understanding how businesses operate is key. If you are an entrepreneur, you want to stay ahead of your competitors, and you must actively search for ideas to grow your business even more. If you are working for a company, you need to understand how the business operates in order to be an integral part of the organization.

The BLS estimates that management analysts, accountants and auditors will be in a high growth category through 2026.

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