42 jobs for Millennials that didn't exist for their parents
Once upon a time, people got their milk from the milkman and urgent news from the telegram delivery boy. Today milk comes courtesy of Instacart and Telegram is an instant messaging service. Yes, times have changed—most notably because of how profoundly the internet has altered our lives in the last quarter-century. Few people would have guessed in the 1990s that Instagram influencer and Twitch broadcaster would be considered viable career paths, let alone ones that would earn six figures.
At Stacker, we decided to research jobs Millennials are taking on today—jobs that didn’t even exist when their parents were entering the workforce. We compiled our list from reports and studies released by LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and other employment websites, as well as from news reports and trend stories from major news outlets like Forbes and CNBC. The resulting list is 42 jobs, all of which provide Millennials with gainful employment—but good luck explaining to older generations how exactly some of these careers provide an income.
Whether you're a young gun scoping out new employment opportunities or a baby boomer trying to figure out why your niece thinks she can make money playing video games, check out our list of popular jobs that are launching Millennials’ careers.
#42. Web designer
Few of us can imagine a world without the internet now, but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the general public got wind of this newfangled thing called the world wide web. Soon after, people felt compelled to make their own websites, which were rudimentary at best and in many cases just plain ugly. Naturally, those with a knack for design began charging for their services, much to the relief of eyeballs around the world. Today web design is a thriving industry, as is the education to become one—there are no shortage of courses, certificates, and degrees to choose from if you’d like to get into the field.
#41. eBay store owner
When eBay came online in 1995 as an auction site, thrift store shoppers and bargain hunters suddenly got access to an entire world of virtual yard sales. The online marketplace still has its share of people trying to turn their household junk into cash, but it’s also home to many enterprising sellers who make a living off of their stores. In fact, Sophia Amoruso of #GIRLBOSS fame got her start as a vintage apparel vendor on eBay before going out on her own and launching the Nasty Gal brand.
#40. Online business manager
With the internet came a new crop of online businesses with a host of new decisions to think about, from web advertising choices, to shipping fulfillment, to email marketing and click-through rates. Today, even primarily brick-and-mortar stores often have a web storefront—and need a business manager with online sales savvy.
#39. Genetic counselor
With the rising popularity and dropping cost of genetic testing services, more people than ever are examining their DNA to find out about everything from their risk for inherited health conditions to their bodies’ ability to process caffeine. Genetic counselors—who generally need a master’s degree in the field—interpret tests and provide counseling and guidance to individuals and families.
#38. Virtual assistant
The internet made virtual offices possible, and in turn opened the door for virtual administrators. A business could have a CEO in Los Angeles, a web designer in Moscow, a project manager in Dublin and a virtual assistant in India. These remote professionals are hired to do everything from basic administrative duties to transcription to business bookkeeping.
#37. Offshore wind farm engineer
The push to develop environmentally-friendly alternative energy sources have given rise to offshore wind farms—turbines located in bodies of water that generate power from nautical gusts. It’s also increased the need for specialized engineers, who put their civil or mechanical engineering degrees to use as they scope, develop, and execute plans for new projects.
#36. Wind turbine service technician
All those new wind farms—both on and offshore—require technicians to make sure they’re running properly. The job generally requires just some technical education or on-the-job training—and is currently recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the fastest growing occupations.
#35. Cloud computing worker
The phrase “cloud computing” was brand new in 2006, when Google’s Eric Schmidt mentioned it at a company conference; today it’s an ubiquitous term used to describe online data storage and sharing. Careers in this field include engineers, data strategists, database managers, and other related roles
#34. Sustainability expert
With even major oil companies claiming a commitment to sustainability, experts in the field are high in demand. Businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations seek guidance from these professionals to make products and processes more environmentally-friendly, or in less sincere cases, at least appear to be doing so. Today there are several MBAs that focus on sustainability – even Harvard offers a sustainability program through its extension school.
#33. User experience designer
What makes a new app addictive, or a piece of software attractive to loyal fans? User experience design—better known as UX design—can be a big part of the equation. UX design is a methodology behind creating user-friendly (usually digital) products and services, and UX designers are tasked with considering all factors that related to a customer’s needs and desires, ranging from ease of use to delightful surprises.2018 All rights reserved.