With the near constant stream of mass layoffs and closing businesses, are there any jobs that are doing well? A recent brochure created by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development highlights the careers projected to be most in demand in 2016.
The Chippewa Falls Middle School has decided to be more proactive in its career counseling. School counselors there say by looking at past trends and future projections, they are able to give their students better information about what to look for and expect when they reach the job market.
School counselors say by eighth grade its good to have some sort of idea of what your interested in, and to at least be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. And this is exactly where eighth graders Sarah Krupa and Ellen Severn stand. Krupa says, “I want to do something with art or the French language cuz I really, really love French. While Severn says she would prefer, “Something in the medical field, it would be good to have the feeling you saved someone’s life.”
Chippewa Falls Middle School counselor Liz Pukrop says students take detailed interest surveys in middle school to help determine what they're good at. She says, “In eighth grade we look at what the careers will be like when they graduate from high school. And what’s projected to be a job that's increasing or in higher demand.”
And according to Wisconsin Workforce Development, jobs most in demand when middle school students graduate will be careers in nursing, dental hygiene, truck driving, computer software engineers, and insurance sales agents. The jobs that would pay the most in 2016 include wholesale and manufacturing sales, software engineers, and financial agents.
Aimee Drivas, a business education teacher at Chippewa Falls Middle School says, “By using that brochure and providing the hands on support, it helps them really think about where they want to go, and our hope is that were providing enough support in this area that we can keep these kids in the community.” She also says by identifying fast growing careers in the future, teachers can do a better job of guiding their students into positive career paths.
The Department of Workforce Development says every two years it releases new long term employment projections, which are used by schools throughout the state.