Written by: Tom Riemenschneider
Here they come! Generation “Z”, those individuals born between 1995 and 2015 are reaching adulthood, finishing college or trade school and entering the workforce. By the time this generation is fully integrated into the job market, an estimated 60,000,000 will be employed or seeking employment. So what jobs are leading the pack for this new generation of workers? The top jobs for Gen Z’ers fall into four categories.
Financial, Business, Data and Investment Banking Analysts: Successful candidates in these fields have an understanding of basic business models, investment risk, securities analysis, demographics, quantitative analysis, and statistics. A Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics and/or Finance is a must. Further study for a Masters of Business Administration is often encouraged. For these skills, banks, investment firms often pay salaries in the $70,000-$80,000 per year range.
Software Developers and Engineers: These individuals design, develop, maintain, test and evaluate computer software. They are experienced at writing code. Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science, Information Systems and Information Technology are the main avenues into the corporate world for these individuals. Some skilled Developers and Software Engineers can expect near six-figure salaries out of college.
Engineers and Mechanical Engineers: Engineers are the key players in the planning, design, building, and proper function of projects, structures, and public works. Mechanical Engineers specialize in the design of power-producing machines. They design, build and maintain generators, turbines, internal combustion engines, and air conditioning/refrigeration systems. Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Sciences and Engineering plus the passing of state exams and receipt of accreditation through the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) is required. These individuals will command salaries in the $80,000 per year range to begin.
Service-Related Fields: For those individuals with solid people skills, but who might lack four-year degrees in technical areas, Sales Associates, Receptionists, and Customer Service Specialists are in demand. These skills can be used in a wide variety of corporate and business settings and often are compensated through base salaries with performance bonuses and commission percentages as potential options.
Gen “Z” employees most commonly talk about “work environment,” “schedule flexibility” and “good pay” when discussing their priorities in their job search. They are talented, technologically savvy, and capable. They are arriving at companies large and small, near and far and they are here to stay.