Making an Unexpected Career Change? 3 Career Niches to Consider

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Mar 5, 2021

Mar 5, 2021 • by Rebecca Smith

The last couple of years have seen the workforce changed forever,disrupting the way we work and wreaking havoc on the world’s job markets. Millions of jobs are not coming back,and economists are warning that we will need to make substantial investments in retraining and re-deploying displaced workers.

Many of these workers will need to switch careers if they hope to once again become employable. This is because certain sectors of the economy that used to employ large numbers of people continue to struggle.

For example, some formerly-thriving businesses in the hospitality industry, including Marriott Hotels and Hilton Hotels, have recently reported losses which have resulted in hiring cutbacks.

Meanwhile, other segments of the global economy are suffering from a lack of properly qualified workers.

The ideal situation would be to transition workers away from working in floundering industries and to point them towards seeking employment in thriving ones. 

If you’re one of the workers displaced, and you’re interested in making a career change, it would be prudent to consider reskilling for an in-demand career. The following 3 niches could all potentially be worthwhile ones for career changers seeking viable work opportunities:

Public Health

Public health has taken a prominent position in the spotlight recently. This is a broad and multi-faceted field which provides employment for a number of healthcare professionals including epidemiologists, public health nurses, health educators and community health workers.

The employment outlook is favorable for virtually all of these vocations. According to analysts at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is increasing demand for health educators, epidemiologists and nurses. 

According to career experts at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), it is not necessary to have a background in healthcare to earn a Master of Public Health degree. This is a field that is totally open to career changers, which presents unique and viable opportunities for workers who have been displaced from careers in other industries.

However, some vocations within this field do demand specific academic credentials. In particular, it is necessary to have at least a nursing diploma or bachelor’s degree and a license if you want to practice as a public health nurse.

Information Technology

Information technology (IT) is another broad sector offering many opportunities for career changers. In particular, there are numerous employment prospects for people with expertise in the fields of cybersecurity, data science, data analytics, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain technologies.

According to experts at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the future outlook for IT professionals is exceptionally good, with expectations that employment in this sector will grow by 11 percent by the year 2029.

It isn’t necessarily easy to make a career switch into this industry, but that’s only because the learning curve for acquiring tech skills is high and ongoing. This is a career path that demands constant upskilling as technologies go outdated and get replaced by newer innovations.

For many of these roles, there is substantially more demand for skilled talent than there is supply. If you have an aptitude for intellectually demanding work, and you’re willing to make an investment in learning the skills you need to be successful in one of these roles, you’re likely to find that lucrative employment will follow.

Sales and Marketing

Few businesses can exist without sales, so the job market for capable sales and marketing professionals remains strong. However, it’s important to note that much of the remaining retail business is going online. That means the sales and marketing job prospects available at bricks-and-mortar stores are likely to be limited, while there are likely to be many more opportunities to get hired for digital marketing jobs. In particular, there are expanding numbers of opportunities available for marketing managers and content marketers.

It is possible to find work in the sales and marketing niche without obtaining any specific academic credentials. However, if you hope to be considered for corporate jobs in this field, it’s ideal to have at least a bachelor’s degree in marketing. If you’re entrepreneurial and hardworking, you could carve out a niche for yourself in digital marketing without having any degree at all. This is a field that’s welcoming to career changers.

Of course, these aren’t the only career paths that remain viable in this age -- but if you’re thinking of making a career switch, and you’re looking for niches where it would be worth investing the effort it takes for reskilling, any of these 3 niches could be a fantastic starting place.