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The employment forecast for Jamaica shows opportunities in education, health care and social assistance, and professional and business services, including Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Hospitality, financial, scientific and technical services, construction, and creative and cultural industries, also show strong prospects.
Manager of the Human Development Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Mr. Steven Kerr, made the revelation as he delivered a presentation to secondary and tertiary level students on labour market trends yesterday (October 27) at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) campus in Mandeville.
According to Mr. Kerr 1.9 million jobs vanished in 2008 with nearly two-thirds of them in the final quarter of the year. In Jamaica, there were 16,206 job losses between October 2008 and September 2009.
He advised the students in attendance to look to global and local labour market trends in making career choices.
In Jamaica, market trends show that the hottest jobs are in management, education and training, sales and marketing, front or desk administration, food services and accounting. “Those are the jobs advertising predominantly in the newspaper ever since 2002,” Mr. Kerr informed.
He said that there are also entrepreneurial opportunities in a variety of areas. “We think that people, who have entrepreneurial training, entrepreneurial ideas can make some money. There are opportunities that people can get into,” he stated.
Turning to the global picture, he informed that while construction, mining, manufacturing, retail and insurance have been the hardest hit by the financial downturn, industries such as health, education, government, agriculture, legal services, and financial services such as accounting seems to be recession-proof.
He said that for those who want to migrate to work, the employment trends for the United States of America for 2006-2016 indicate that there will be increased employment in industries such as leisure and hospitality services, education and health services, trade, transport and utilities, financial activities and professional and business services.
The 2006-2011 outlook for Canada indicates that over 80 per cent of the total job opportunities will be in the services sector with the top three service-producing industries being retail and wholesale trade, health care, and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services.
He added that many persons will be employed in Canada in the oil and gas sector. “The increase in employment in mining, oil and gas and support services will be fuelled by rising global commodity prices,” he informed.
In the meantime, Mr. Kerr is imploring students to acquire work experience either through their church, volunteer their service to companies and access higher learning.
He said that those, who are typically most affected by unemployment, are those workers with limited education, noting that the higher the level of educational attainment, the greater the scope for increased earnings.

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