Jobs of the future

Emerging opportunity: Ten in-demand jobs that didn’t exist ten years ago

Peter Harris|

I’m dating myself now, but when I was in university, the Internet did not exist. Well, okay, it existed, but few people had heard of it and almost no one accessed it at home. It wasn’t widely used as a communications or research tool. Research was done in libraries and archives were stored on microfilms. Nobody used email.

It was emerging though. I had one course in third-year university about the potential of the Internet. That professor passionately explained how this was the medium of the future and how it would change the way so much of the world worked.

My point is that despite the fact that I began studying for my Bachelor’s Degree in a pre-Internet world, almost all of my professional jobs since have been online. The changes in technology and culture opened up whole new career paths that could not have been predicted even a short time earlier. It happened fast.

That is why it is important for young people to keep up with the latest cultural and technological trends as they pursue their education and first jobs. The career paths of the future are still being mapped out, and they change all the time.

From our most recent Thinkopolis research report, here are ten up-and-coming jobs that are in high demand right now that didn’t even exist a decade ago:

    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

Just a few short years ago, Facebook and Twitter did not exist, and now people with social media skills are amongst the most sought-after on the job market.

For those people looking to gain their first on-the-job experience, here are the top ten most common jobs posted on Workopolis for student and entry-level candidates:

    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

Some of these jobs require a completed education, but they are posted for entry-level candidates because the demand is such that new grads are snatched up right out of school.

The real wages of your first jobs are the ability to build a reputation as a conscientious hard worker, and learn the transferable skills that that will help you throughout your entire career. Along with communication skills these include: relationship building, problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking, collaboration and teamwork, leadership abilities, and more.

These soft skills will always be in demand, and having a variety of short-term or part-time jobs can be a great way to learn them at the same time as experiencing different kinds of roles, jobs and industries in the ever-changing world of work. That is the best way to prepare for the job market of tomorrow.

You can read the complete report and more research and insights from Workopolis at

[VIDEO] Workopolis VP of HR Tara Talbot discusses the Thinkopolis report on Canada AM.

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  • Yogi Pete

    Shocked to hear that Yoga is such a recent invention.

    • gregpst

      It’s just a more viable career now.

  • John

    Shocked to hear that Yogi Pete is such a recent invention.

  • leslie klee

    I could have sworn that the profession of registered nurse that been around for at leased the last 100 years!!!!!

    • HKlopp

      It is on the “top ten most common jobs posted on Workopolis for student and entry-level candidates” not the top 10 up and coming jobs list. 😉

  • Ryschell Dragunov

    Yoga is not new. It’s just hip and cool now. My mom has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga for 42 years now.

    • gregpst

      Wow your Mom is a freakin’ Jedi! The fact is Yoga is WAY more popular than it use to be and more people can have a career teaching it as a result. So it made their top ten list, when just a few years ago it would have not. Regardless of how cool your Mom is.

  • Sorcerers Apprentice

    Environmental technicians/technologists are needed to sample water, soil and air and clean up pollution from contaminated sites, both recent and historical. I don’t know how new this job is, but I always see lots of job listings for at in have never seen it mentioned on Workopolis.

  • Monsmaark

    I am surprised that a career as a Social Media marketing specialist didn’t make the top ten up and coming careers. I am happy that Privacy Professional is on there as I am about to take a certification course in that.

    • Denys Tse

      Hi Monsmaark, kindly if you can share 1/. what does a “Privacy Officer” do? 2/. What kind of establishment hires such professional? What kind of qualification and experience qualified to enter the certification course you are mentioning? Thanks beforehand for sharing.

      • gregpst

        They slap the face of anyone checking your privates, so long as you are offended.

  • Anurag Gosain

    Some 30 years back in india ,yogis were considered dreaded as they were mostly wanderers(India discovered ayurveda and yoga some 3500 years ago).
    Today in india too this is a dynamic , cool carrier.
    So much for blind imitation of west by indians.

    • mhr

      Discoverd yoga 3500 years ago? That’s totally wrong info.
      You should do some research before posting things online.


    Cloud app integration will be huge as well. Already is…