4 New Jobs Teachers Should Be Exposing Students To in 2017

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By Andrew Pillow

We all remember career day at school. Community members from various occupations came to school and lectured you about their jobs. There was typically a doctor, lawyer, police officer, and if you were really lucky you got a fireman.

This is all well and good; however, it is important to realize the landscape of the workforce has changed and unfortunately, the traditional career day format hasn’t kept pace. There are tons of new occupations that you will more than likely not see represented in a career day presentation.

Here are the new jobs and industries that we should be exposing students to in 2017:

1.       Blogger

I went to school to be a print journalist. It was an invaluable experience, but what would have really served me well in today’s world is a few classes on blogging. Newspapers are dying and they are being replaced by internet writers. Some of the skills crossover, but it's not exactly the same. Teachers would be wise to cultivate their writing inclined students’ “internet writing skills”.

2.       App developer

The ubiquity of smartphones has changed the landscape of programming. Aside from the fact that a hit app can make someone rich overnight, the nature of the business encourages people to explore and cater to their own interests, communities, and niches. Meaning, a developer from an inner-city background might have unique insight and opportunity to make an app that someone else couldn’t. This is a huge advantage over other well-established fields. Not only are there jobs in this field but it’s still new enough to have a wealth of untapped ideas. Teachers shouldn’t let their kids miss out on this dot-com boom.

3.       YouTube content creator

This is probably the job your students are most familiar with already. Most of your students probably already have a favorite “YouTuber” by middle school. It sounds like fun and games but YouTuber’s regularly pull-down thousands even millions of dollars a year. Just like app developing, it’s a profession in which students can explore their own interests. We often tell people to make their hobby their profession; YouTube makes that idea possible.

4.       Social Media Manager

It may be annoying how much time generation-z spends on their phone, but there is potential to make a career out of it. Millions of “baby-boomers” and “Gen-Xers” still can’t use social media properly. As long as that is the case, they will be hiring people who can. Make sure your students know that social media is a huge priority for most businesses these days and if they are that socially inclined, maybe they should go to college for communications with a social media emphasis.

This probably won’t be the last time this list needs to be updated. As teachers, we should keep our ear to the ground for new opportunities and career paths for our students.  

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.