Only a small percentage of teens plan to go into the 25 most common jobs, with an even smaller percentage wanting to go into the jobs that are projected to see the most growth in future years.
Surveys show that teenagers often have high career goals with low potential success rates.
The career with the greatest amount of workers is the least appealing to teenagers. Only a small percentage of respondents are interested in any of the top 25 careers.
Here are some of the common jobs:
– Waiters and waitresses
– Construction workers
– Maintenance and repair workers
– Primary school teachers
Surveys show that teenagers often have high career goals with low potential success rates. The career with the greatest amount of workers is the least appealing to teenagers. Only a small percentage of respondents are interested in any of the top jobs. Research suggests that when it comes to their future careers, a not nice awakening is waiting for the teens.
While they may dream about being a musician, athlete or fashion designer, research shows that many eventually give up these aspirations and take jobs that are far less glamorous.
Lack of realistic work goals for teenagers
Studies show that the jobs most teens want, don’t fit the current workplace realities. For example, only 1% of teens surveyed want an office, administrative, or sales job early in their career, despite the fact that these jobs make up as much as 25% of today’s workforce.
On the other hand, 20 percent of respondents want jobs in art, design, entertainment, sports and media, even though these careers account for only 2 percent of available jobs.
“Getting paid to do what you love – isn’t that everyone’s dream? Unfortunately, only 2% of jobs currently fall into this category, which means that at some point most adults have to decide to do something more affordable and realistic for a living.”
Doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist and veterinarian are other jobs that many teenagers dream of. Studies have found that 15% of teens want to be employed as a health care worker despite making up only 6% of the total workforce.
Low interest in planned career growth
In addition to the fact that most teenagers do not want jobs that are common today, even fewer teenagers want jobs that will be in demand in the future. Only 3% of teens surveyed said they want a career in one of the 25 jobs expected to grow the most in the next seven years.
Here are some of them:
– Service technicians
– Household helpers
– Nursing assistant
– Ambulance drivers
– Operational Research Analysts
– Personal financial advisors
– Web developers
– Forensic science technicians
Tips for preparing teenagers for the future
Joan E. McLean, associate dean for academic advising at Ohio Wesleyan University, recommends that parents and those around them not tell teens that their career choice should discourage them. Crushing their dreams and telling them they are not good enough to succeed in a creative or athletic career will damage their self-esteem. Instead, parents should advise teenagers to do more research about the profession. They can take part in an internship to see at first, what is the job and career about.