Thinkopolis: New study identifies top new jobs that didn't exist a decade ago and top jobs available for new grads

Workopolis, Canada’s largest online job site, advises new grads to be flexible, mobile and willing to develop transferable skills when looking for work in today’s market

(TORONTO, ON) September 16, 2013 – Zumba Instructor. Search engine optimization specialist. Big Data Analyst. These are three of the top five new jobs that did not exist ten years ago, according to Thinkopolis, the second edition of a new study by Workopolis which focuses on the future of students and the workplace and provides the latest data on which entry-level jobs are available to new professionals. Beyond new jobs, the study also identified the top ten jobs currently available for new grads and revealed that close to 300,000 jobs went unfilled in the second quarter of 2013, indicating opportunities for young professionals do exist.

“Growing up in a digital world gives younger workers an advantage over older people returning to the workforce,” said Kelly Dixon, president of Workopolis. “Many of today’s hottest jobs didn’t exist a decade ago. /

TOP TEN JOBS THAT DID NOT EXIST TEN YEARS AGO AND ARE EXPERIENCING RAPID GROWTH:

    1. Online community manager
    2. Mobile applications developer
    3. Search engine optimization specialist
    4. Sustainability expert
    5. Web content strategist
    6. Elder-care services coordinator
    7. Yoga / Zumba / Pilates instructor
    8. Big data analyst
    9. Privacy officer
    10. User Experience Designer

PART TIME AND CONTRACT POSITIONS ON THE RISE

Workopolis has seen a 16 per cent growth in part-time positions and a five per cent increase in contract jobs year-over-year. Workopolis Student Centre has specifically seen an 80 per cent increase in job posting for student and entry level positions since 2012.

TOP TEN MOST IN DEMAND JOBS FOR STUDENTS AND NEW GRADS:

    1. Administrative assistant
    2. Customer service representative
    3. Merchandiser
    4. Personal banking officer trainee
    5. Physiotherapist
    6. Receptionist
    7. Registered nurse
    8. Sales manager trainee
    9. Sales representative
    10. Technician assistant

Job opportunities such as a sales manager trainee, a personal banking officer trainee and other in-demand jobs can be an appropriate way for students and new grads to enter the work force and begin developing soft skills such as relationship building, communication, problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking, work ethic and customer relations.

“Most students are not landing their dream jobs straight out of university,” said Kelly Dixon, president of Workopolis. “Young people should focus on personal growth and developing the transferable skills that can be formed in any job and serve them throughout their careers.”

Read the full report at workopolis.com/research

About Workopolis

Founded in 2000, Workopolis is Canada’s leading career site helping employers and candidates connect with each other online. In addition to the millions of monthly visitors to www.workopolis.com, Workopolis reaches users across the web through exclusive partnerships and community sites as well as through innovative use of social networking sites and mobile optimization.

Canadian owned and operated, Workopolis is an equal partnership between Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, and Square Victoria Digital Properties Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada.

Media Contact:

Ashley Bartlett, Narrative PR, ashley.bartlett@narrative.ca
Peter Harris, Workopolis Communications, peter.harris@workopolis.com

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