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Service-related jobs to surge until 2010
May 4, 2005
Jobs on social welfare, medical and legal services, information and communication are expected to emerge as promising until 2010, according to a state-run employment service agency.
The Central Employment Information Office (CEIO) predicted on April 11 that the number of such service-related jobs will surge over the next five years due to the rapid aging of the population, the five-day workweek and the development of information technology.
In its "2005 Job Forecast" report, the agency said that manufacturing - machinery and food processing, agriculture and fisheries - will see a decline in jobs.
The office made the report based on interviews with 2,200 experts from 218 job categories in 14 sectors, such as personnel managers of major companies, college professors and public officials in charge of making policies that tend to affect the job generation. Among interviewees in the social welfare service sector, 74.6 percent answered that the number of social workers and counselors will keep rising at least by 2010.
- percent of medical and health service experts expected the climb in the number of jobs such as herbal doctors, nurses, physical therapists and paramedics.
- percent of legal and public service experts shared the optimistic view in their sectors, predicting demand for legal experts, policemen and firefighters will increase.
However, 53.5 percent of mechanics and material experts and 50 percent of food processing, agriculture and fishery experts foresaw the number of jobs in those sectors will slip for five years now.
Of several criterions, such as wage level, overall working condition and job demand, the report was mainly based on the demand, so it's too early to conclude those jobs will be most appealing ones to Korean jobseekers in the near future," said Choi Young-soon, one of authors of the report and a CEIO senior researcher. "What's for sure is those jobs picked as the most likely candidates for rising demand will receive the most attention from jobseekers," she added.
According to the report, 73.1 percent of social welfare experts, 67.1 percent of legal and public service sector, 61.9 percent of medical and health service experts expected better job stability in those sectors. "We want the report to be just a reference for students and jobseekers." Choi said.