It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life: Finding the right career for you. After all, the average person will spend one-third of their life at work! That’s a serious commitment, and at Ohio Valley Goodwill, we know the impact meaningful employment can have on a person’s life.
The factors that play into a career choice are varied. Of course, most people choose work that’s of interest and also aligns with their skills. But outside factors such as the economy can play a role in whether a person is able to find a path to career growth and advancement.
Here are some jobs that show signs of major growth in 2023 right here in Southwest Ohio:
The importance of our healthcare workers was never more evident than during the COVID pandemic, but this industry continues to be in need of employees. Statistics show that in our region, the need for personal care aides in particular will increase by 51 percent from 2019 to 2030. That’s a staggering statistic, but not isolated to that position. The need for workers is great across the healthcare industry at all levels. Hospitals and private practices also employ janitorial, culinary, and office workers to keep their organizations flowing smoothly.
The tech industry has been booming in recent years, and it’s no different in the Cincinnati region. In particular, jobs for information security analysts and software developers are abundant and often well-paying.
If you’re not an IT expert but are still interested in technology, there are still opportunities in this industry for you. As technology companies grow, many will also be hiring for data entry and other essential support positions.
As ecommerce has taken off, so has the need for workers to move those goods from point A to point B. From drivers to pickers and packers, there is plenty of opportunity in the logistics industry. Goodwill Industrial Services is a great example of a local employer that relies on assembly, kitting, fulfillment, and packaging workers, and focuses on hiring individuals with disabilities. Logistics professionals are necessary in today’s society, making it possible to order something online and find it on your doorstep in just a few days!
Hit especially hard during the pandemic, our retail and food service industries are bouncing back in a big way. There’s a growing need for workers, especially at grocery stores and restaurants. From cashiers to cooks, stockers, fast food team members, and delivery drivers, these are the individuals who are always there when we need them!
At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we help individuals with disabilities find the career that best fits their skills, interests, and needs. We start with assessments that help us determine their vocational interests and employment goals. If more training is needed, we help individuals gain necessary hard and soft skills, such as basic computer skills, communication, time management, and teamwork.
Ohio Valley Goodwill’s vocational programs and services also include career exploration opportunities, which allow individuals to learn more about their fields of interest and potentially job shadow to gain experience.
These important services are specifically designed to help individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment reach their goals of employment and personal fulfillment. Be sure to check out our inspiring Success Stories to see Goodwill’s mission in action!
We all deserve to do what we love, and you can help make a difference by shopping at your local Cincinnati Goodwill retail store or donating your gently-used items to Goodwill.
Your support keeps our cycle of success in motion, and ensures deserving individuals have the opportunity to pursue their career goals. Now that’s a very good thing!