All job forecasts have their limitations, especially in a climate of economic crisis, but the conclusions of a new European Commission report struck me as possibly good news for scientists in search of alternatives to pure academic careers.
With the recent launch of its ‘New Skills for New Jobs’ strategy, the European Commission aims to better assess labour market needs across European countries and better match these needs with people’s skills. A first EC report assessing the European job landscape through 2020 forecasts that more jobs will require high education levels. A great number of jobs are expected to be created in the service sector in particular, including IT, insurance, and consultancy. And with the market for environmental products and services set to double by 2020, a great number of jobs related to renewable energy development, sustainable construction and agriculture, and climate change mitigation are also expected to be created.
As for the skills needed in the near future, the report concludes that “across sectors, transversal and generic skills will be increasingly valued on the labour market: problem-solving and analytical skills, self-management and communication skills, the ability to work in a team, linguistic skills and digital competences.”
Now, aren’t these the skills any Ph.D. student living in a foreign country is poised to gain?
The complete EC document may be downloaded from here.