3 Emerging Skill Sets
Coming Soon to Your Career
Times are tough, no doubt. But innovation thrives on challenge, and every downturn leaves a fresh new wave of opportunity in its wake. Often the solutions demanded by society involve change, and will recycle our existing skill sets for a whole new purpose.
Don't miss the next trend in your chosen discipline. A number of emerging industries will produce new jobs in the near future, and some cross-functional projects mean opportunity across more than one skill set. Here are just a few that you should know about:
Health informatics will put technology in place that provides hospitals and other health care providers with access to an electronic network of vital patient information -- like medical histories and prescriptions. The information age finally meets health care administration.
The health informatics initiative won't succeed unless employees (that's you!) bring the specialized skills needed to build and expand the network. All other pieces are in place:
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes $20.6 billion to help providers drive adoption and develop the IT infrastructure needed.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Health Information Management employment to grow nearly 18 percent by 2016.
- The BLS projects a need for more than 6,000 new professionals each year through 2014 -- but only 2,600 graduates have entered the field this past year.
To succeed, health informatics will demand a wide variety of specialized positions across IT and health care. It will engage conventional experience from both areas -- such as registered nurses and LPNs/LVNs, or IT implementation specialists and IT project managers -- if you're looking for a new twist on your current career.
But new positions will also thrive in this hybrid field. Look for new HIM job titles in your next job search, like health IT professionals, HIM coders, HIM medical records professionals and various health informatics specialists -- including trainers, researchers and analysts.
Get online to check out the job titles mentioned above and listed below for related descriptions, and see if you might need any additional training to meet requirements:
Health care administration
- Senior programmers
- Senior clinical analysts
- Database analysts
- Business analysts
- Software engineers
- Data integration specialists
2. International Financial Reporting Standards
International Financial Reporting Standards is a single set of high-quality, global accounting standards. It will allow U.S. public companies to present financial statements under the same rules as foreign companies and standardize accounting across international subsidiaries. Ultimately IFRS should also help capital formation in the U.S. and stimulate growth in today's global economy.
Much like the introduction of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, companies realize that compliance is no small endeavor. Auditors estimate that it will take 18 to 24 months to install an IFRS-based accounting system.
- IFRS was accepted unanimously by the SEC in August of 2008.
- More than 100 countries require or accept IFRS reporting today.
- If the SEC mandates IFRS in 2013 -- large public companies will be required to use IFRS in 2014, with all public companies following suit by 2016.
IFRS will offer opportunity for more than just accounting and finance personnel. "To prepare for IFRS, U.S. companies must first understand that the shift will not only affect the accounting and financial departments, but will have resulting impacts on all aspects of the company's operations," says Mike Gillan, Regional Manager of Kelly Financial Resources.
Based on European conversions, the IT department could incur as much as 50 percent of the total convergence cost. The shift will also greatly affect the HR department. For example, Daimler AG trained more than 3,000 employees in departments from accounting and treasury to controlling, investor relations and tax while launching its conversion process.
3. Green-collar jobs
As the United States looks to alternative sources of fuel and innovative ways to make our energy stretch farther, green-collar jobs are coming more in demand. Positive employment impacts are expected in fields ranging from mass transit and energy-efficient automobiles, to retrofitting buildings, to wind power, solar power or biomass fuels.
Millions of U.S. workers expect to benefit from our transformation to a green economy -- across a wide range of familiar occupations, income and skill levels.
- The ARRA provides hundreds of billions in funding for smarter systems, advanced energy efficiency and loans for renewable energy power generation.
- By 2012, green job statistics project 29,000 new jobs in advanced biofuels; 140,000 in energy efficiency; 110,000 in solar energy; and 185,000 in wind energy.
- Statistics project 37 million renewable energy jobs overall by the year 2030, as much as 17 percent of all U.S. employment.
Look for the Green movement to potentially impact a wide array of job titles, including:
- Chemists (analytical, organic, inorganic)
- Air quality technicians
- Laboratory assistants
- Industrial hygienists
- Civil engineers
- Environmental engineers
- Industrial engineers
- Electrical engineers
- Mechanical engineers
- Petrochemical engineers
- Chemical engineers
- Software engineers
- Safety engineers
- Engineering technicians
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