If your kids were born between 1995 and 2005, chances are they are part of the newest generation entering the workforce, often called Gen Z.
Surveys by Indeed and Pew suggest that among the characteristics of Generation Z is a desire for workplace stability. Generation Z doesn’t want to hop from job to job as millennials have. The kinds of jobs they look for on Google are predictably very closely tied with technology. Here are seven of the best future proof jobs that kids today are expected to look for after college graduation.
Gen Z watches a whopping average of 68 videos per day across different (mostly short-form) social media platforms. As mom probably knows, YouTube has a stranglehold on this pie chart. The PRnewswire reports that 89% of Gen Z uses YouTube at least once a week.
Unlike us when we were teenagers, today’s teens use their screen time to become more knowledgeable. This is a generation that has held the power of the entire world at their fingertips since they could walk, and they know it!
This job/hobby requires passion for a specific topic that people actually search for and comfortability in front of the camera.
#2: iOS Developer
The IPhone came out in June of 2007. The youngest Zs were barely toddlers! This generation is so accustomed to Apple’s reign that they are referred to as the IGen by Jean Twenge in her book about the generation.
Gen Z is probably history’s best-informed generation. They had eyes on Apple the minute it emerged as the world’s first trillionaire company. According to this Indeed survey that places iOS developer in the top spot for jobs Zs search for, I’d say they were very impressed.
This prestigious career requires a degree from a strong university in the fields of IT or computer science.
#3: Computer Vision Engineer
Currently, you can’t find videos or images on Google by describing them as you would with a person. Have you ever had a song in your head, but the only thing you can remember is a piece of the beat? The field of computer vision seeks to make using search engines more humanlike by providing them with a high-level understanding of what content actually contains.
You could call this a type of applied artificial intelligence job. It requires heavy-duty statistical and computer science skills.
#4: Graphic Designer
The basic principles of design are contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity. These simple-but-powerful tools are the building blocks of any satisfying experience online—offline as well, many times. Professionals with good design skills can communicate with anybody of any age. Good design is the universal language.
Tech savvy teens know the value of speaking the universal language in the age of global communications. This career requires empathy, love for art and stylish sensibilities.
#5: Social Media Influencer
There isn’t much Gen Z is better known for than social media and a love of video games. Since Vine and Snapchat launched in 2012, nothing has been the same for this generation. Nobody knows how to gain Instagram followers better than these guys.
The job of a social media influencer is a hybrid of passion hobby, sales, and entrepreneurship. It is not quite as easy as it seems on the articles we read, although it is true it can be quite well-paid. Top Instagram influencers can earn $3,000 per post
#6: Competitive Gaming
The Minecraft and Fortnite craze have been going strong since 2017. If you kid is of gaming age, you have probably seen how intense these game sessions can get.
In gaming circles, the complex strategy multiplayer game, Starcraft, is considered South Korea’s national sport (not the case officially). Competitive gamers in the big leagues can earn upwards of $790,000 for winning a major competition.
To become a professional gamer you need a technical skill in one specific game genre and willingness to perform on camera.