Which sectors will be in demand in five years?

When you choose a course, the most important consideration is whether you will enjoy studying the subject for three or four years.

But it also makes sense to consider employment. Students are right to question what kind of jobs a course can lead to, but with that comes another important question: What skills will this course give me?

Shauna Dunlop, Director of Strategy, Research and Evaluation, along with Solas, sits on the board of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, a further education and training agency. The group produces a regular National Skills Bulletin, which gives a snapshot of occupations in demand in the Irish labor market.

Dunlop says predicting the labor market has always been somewhat challenging, but the coronavirus crisis has made it even more so – no one could have predicted in 2016, for example, that a global The pandemic will have such an impact on the hospitality and retail sectors. Jobs.

“While they have been affected, that doesn’t mean they won’t recover,” Dunlop says. “But the impact of Covid-19 was not evenly distributed in the Irish labor market. Employment has declined for those with low levels of education and those in operational and primary roles, including sweepers, taxi drivers and waiters. In contrast, employment increased in sectors such as ICT, finance and public administration.

There is now a skill shortage in science and engineering, ICT, trade and finance, health, construction, arts, sports and tourism. For the class of 2026, it is likely that language, business, health, science and engineering graduates will still be in high demand. The current shortage of transport and logistics workers may also continue into the second half of this decade.

Construction is a sector that has traditionally seen a rise and fall in demand based on the property market, with many graduates in construction and related courses, such as quantity surveying, migrating in search of work during lean times.

“Government targets regarding climate and housing are expected to drive demand for construction-related skills across a variety of occupations, including operators, skills, trades and supervisors and engineers,” says Dunlop.