CareerCast Report Pinpoints Top Careers for Generation Z

Posted By Terri Williams on June 23, 2016 at 9:56 am
CareerCast Report Pinpoints Top Careers for Generation Z

Millennials seem to dominate every news cycle, from studies that reveal home ownership may only be a dream for millennials saddled with student loan debt to their desire to obtain student loan debt reimbursement from employers to alarming reports that millennials may cause a teaching shortage.

However, Generation Z, made up of those born in 1995 and later, also is a force to be reckoned with. Already 25 percent of the U.S. population, this group is the driving force behind the country’s college enrollment numbers and will make up a significant portion of the U.S. workforce within the next few years.

So forward-thinking CareerCast has analyzed the data and crunched the numbers to determine 10 of the best jobs for Generation Z. Findings from the report are listed in the table below:

Job Median Annual Salary Growth Outlook
1 Computer and Information Systems Manager $131,600 15%
2 Environmental Engineer $84,560 12%
3 Financial Planner $89,160 30%
4 Human Resources Manager $104,440 9%
5 Information Security Analyst $90,120 18%
6 Interpreter/Translator $44,190 29%
7 Market Research Analyst $62,150 19%
8 Registered Nurse $67,490 16%
9 Software Developer $100,690 17%
10 Statistician $80,110 34%

The Gen Z Factor

So why are these particular jobs considered a good fit for Generation Z? GoodCall queried a variety of sources to discover the career connections with this particular demographic.

Kyle Kensing, CareerCast’s online content editor, says growth outlook was a crucial factor. “Because this is the largest generation since the Baby Boomers, accessibility is important and so, too, is value to the landscape of the economy in 10-plus years.”

Kensing also notes that most of the careers on the list are not entry-level jobs. “However, these are positions Generation Z students and workers should consider as goals,” Kensing says.

In addition to positive job outlook numbers, most of the occupations also pay pretty well. We asked our experts if there were other factors that would make these 10 jobs a good fit for Generation Z.

#1 Computer and Information Systems Manager

One very obvious reason this job would appeal to Gen Zers: it’s the highest-paying job on the list – in fact, the 2nd highest-paying job pays a whopping $27,000 less. Samantha Lambert, director of human resources at Blue Fountain Media, tells GoodCall that computer and information systems manager would appeal to those in Generation Z  “because they grew up with and into an era where technology drives people.” Those with analytical and leadership skills would enjoy this challenging, yet rewarding role.

#2 Environmental Engineer

According to Niki Jorgensen, manager of HR Services at Insperity, “Fifty-five percent of this generation goes beyond merely recycling in an effort to limit their environmental impact.” She adds that 10 percent of Generation Z members identify as vegetarians and vegans – compared with only 5 percent of the general population. “This keen awareness of their environmental impact may point the next generation toward a career focused on making the planet a healthier one.”

#3 Financial Planner

Jorgensen also tells GoodCall that money – and especially personal finances – plays an integral role throughout the lives of Gen Zers since they came of age during the Great Recession and have witnessed, firsthand, the skyrocketing costs of higher education.

“They are hyper-aware of how money affects their everyday life – in fact, 60 percent say they’re concerned that they won’t have enough money.” Combine these concerns with the fact that finance is a popular degree and Jorgensen says this may lead some in this generation to a career that involves financial planning strategies.

# 4 Human Resources Manager

“Two of the most popular college undergraduate fields—communications and business administration—are very useful foundational tools to embark on a human resources career,” Jorgensen says. Human resources managers don’t necessarily have to major in human resources, and Jorgensen says college graduates in other fields that have effective management, decision-making, and interpersonal skills and who enjoy leading others and playing a crucial organizational role might be intrigued with a human resources management position.

#5 Information Security Analyst

Research shows that Gen Zers spend more time on the Internet, especially social media sites, than previous generations. As such, they have been plagued with non-stop incidences of privacy invasions, including social media tracking, and the unauthorized sale of their personal information. This frustration may motivate them to choose a career that looks for ways to fix vulnerabilities and keep sensitive information out of the wrong hands.

# 6 Interpreter/Translator

Technology has removed many of the barriers between countries and cultures—and an influx of immigrants has made the U.S. much more diverse. These two factors have helped to make Gen Z the most culturally-diverse group in history, and they’re more likely to want to learn foreign languages and immerse themselves in different cultures. Jennifer Lasater, vice president of Employer and Career Services at Kaplan University, tells GoodCall that this job would appeal to members of this demographic who enjoy working with others.

# 7 Market Research Analyst

Generation Z is poised to be the largest consumer group, and companies are looking for people who can understand buying habits and create campaigns to increase the sale of products and services. According to Lambert, companies know that they need Gen Z market research analysts to help achieve their goals, and they will pay well for these services to entice the right employees. Gen Zers might enjoy being such a vital part of the organization’s success.

# 8 Registered Nurse

Every generation needs registered nurses, and the demand for their services will only continue to grow as Baby Boomers age and need increased medical care. Lambert tells GoodCall this is an excellent job for compassionate Gen Zers “because they find fulfillment in being able to help people from all generations.” Some would enjoy being travel nurses who work a few months in one location and then select another location in the same or a different city, state or part of the country.

# 9 Software Developer

No doubt, Gen Zers will be enticed by the six-figure salary. However, that’s not the only reason this job will appeal to them. According to Lambert, “because of their upbringing in a digital/video game-centered universe, they will strive to be hands on and create the apps of the future in this type of position.”

# 10 Statistician

The demand is higher for statisticians than for any other job on CareerCast’s list. Lasater believes that this is an excellent job for Gen Zers with math and analytical skills who enjoy solving problems. They also would enjoy the variety of sectors in which their services are needed, ranging from the government to retail and insurance industries.

Terri Williams
Terri Williams graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her education, career, and business articles have been featured on Yahoo! Education, U.S. News & World Report, The Houston Chronicle, and in the print edition of USA Today Special Edition. Terri is also a contributing author to "A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics," a book published by the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago.

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