In the context of digitization, there are a large number of new jobs for which there is no clear training path yet. Many new career fields are emerging, particularly in technology and the IT industry. At the same time, there are some professional fields that are literally “extinct” or that will become less important in the future.
However, there are still some traditional vocational trainings that will continue to be in high demand in the future, writes the Konono Action Platform. Here are four courses that may be useful to you – because they will continue to be essential in the future.
During the Corona pandemic in particular, it has become clear how important nurses are to the population. And despite the digital transformation, we may always need people who care about others. More in the future than now: Baby boomers – people born in the 1950s and 1960s – refer to the generation with the highest birth rate in Germany. Many of them will retire in a few years. In addition, demographic change means that people are getting older. Therefore, particularly in the care sector, more skilled workers will be needed in the future, Konono wrote.
Training to become a nurse lasts for three years and consists of a theoretical and practical part. You will learn how to provide professional care to patients or those in need of care. You will also gain initial professional experience in hospitals, medical practices, and medical facilities. According to Kununu, you can earn an average of €35,500 per year in healthcare and nursing.
As a craftsman, you are in great demand: according to the Central Association of German Crafts, there is currently a shortage of 250,000 professions in Germany. There are different job descriptions, for example plumber, baker, painter or carpenter.
The duration of the training depends on the profession you choose. As a rule, training lasts from two to three and a half years. There is usually an average test in the middle of the course and at the end of the training you have to pass a final exam or skilled exam.
Similar to the nursing professions, physical therapists will become increasingly important due to demographic developments. In physical therapy, you can help people with their specific problems – but you can also act as a preventative measure so complaints don’t arise in the first place.
Training lasts three years and ends with a government exam. On the one hand, you gain medical knowledge, for example about the human skeleton, muscle building and physiological treatments. You will also learn practical skills in hospital, rehabilitation centers or physical therapy practices. On average, physiotherapists earn 32,200 euros annually.
More and more Germans rely on visual aids. According to the Association of Optometrists and Optometrists, that number is now around 64 percent of Germans — and statistically speaking, the number is growing. Younger people in particular need glasses or contact lenses more and more, so they need help from optometrists.
During the three-year training, you will learn all about the human eye, how to make visual aids and how to advise clients. You can then apply your knowledge during the practical phase, for example in an eyewear shop. According to Kononou, trained optometrists receive an average annual salary of €30,500.
This article was updated on May 13th. It was released on May 12, 2022.