Emerging Careers of 2022


What is the future of the world of work?

Here are some of the trending careers that you can expect to grow most in demand in 2022, according to reports by LinkedIn, Business Insider, and TechRadar:

Cybersecurity Specialist

With increasing rates of cybercrime, many companies have started prioritising cybersecurity to avoid risk of confidential data theft. According to market research and consulting firm Ipsos, there is an overall cybersecurity skill shortage in the GCC. We can expect the demand for this profession to grow in the years to come. 

Mental Health Professional

There have been numerous changes in mental healthcare following the emergence of COVID-19. According to a report, about 7 in 10 psychologists (68%) have seen an increase in their waitlist since the onset of the pandemic. Future demands for mental health specialists are expected to grow in the years ahead.

Software Developer

With the emergence of many new technology startups and advancements in tech firms, the demand for software developers has skyrocketed in recent years. Many software companies in the MENA region have opted for outsourcing abroad to meet the growing demands for qualified developers.        

Digital Content Freelancer

One of the major trends we’ve witnessed in recent years is the rise of freelancers. From content coordinators to content creators, digital content freelancers grew by 118% between 2020-2021 according to LinkedIn. Creative freelancers, from illustrators to writers rose by nearly 70%. The importance of digital skills will continue to grow as companies and brands continue to shift to digital marketing to drive greater reach and business impact.

Artificial Intelligence Specialist

Artificial intelligence positions cover different specialisations within the industry, such as AI engineering. In recent years, the hiring of AI personnel has increased by 74%, according to a LinkedIn report. This number is expected to grow as the demand for AI increases.

Data Scientist

Analytics Insights says that data science is the most demanded career topic among the youth in 2022. Data science is a concept to unify statistics, data analysis, informatics, and their related methods to understand and analyze phenomena. A constant in the list of emerging jobs, we can expect the demand for professionals in this field to grow in the years ahead.

Data Engineer

Not to be confused with data scientists, data engineers are responsible for the paring and preparation of data for analytical or operational purposes. These professionals are the intermediary between data scientists and data analysts. They develop, construct, test, and maintain architectures such as databases and large-scale processing systems.

Since 2015, the hiring rate of these specialists has increased by 35% and will be increasing in the coming years.

Cloud Engineer

A cloud engineer manages a company’s cloud-based systems and processes. A Robert Half survey found that cloud expertise, including computing, security and architecture, is among the top-most in-demand skill sets. According to Indeed, it is the most in-demand cloud computing job in the U.S. today. With the rise of cloud-based technology, we can expect the demand to also grow in the GCC region in the near future.

Sales Development Representative

Sales development representatives are responsible for outbound sales prospecting and mainly focus on generating and qualifying new leads in the early stages in the sales funnel. The importance of this job lies in the continuous growth of technology services of sales specialists to find new clients.

Healthcare Professional

The healthcare industry will be short 12.9 million healthcare workers globally by 2035, WHO says. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the critical importance of medical professionals. The demand for healthcare professionals in the GCC is set to soar 240% in coming years, according to strategic Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) partner, Cielo.

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