Despite the negative outlook for many professions in Greece, there are sectors that offer many opportunities and are expected to generate jobs in the future.
According to “Kathimerini” newspaper, the sectors that have resisted the financial crisis and are expected to generate jobs are tourism, health, energy and green technology, manufacturing, shipping, agriculture, digital technology and communications.
Tourism: It is estimated that it will create 220,000 jobs over the next decade. Despite the negative element of seasonality, it offers significant potential in occupations such as:
Organizer of activities in various forms of tourism (medical, religious, sports, trekking, archaeological, alternative).
Guide to historical sites or underwater antiquities.
Organizer of cultural events, such as exhibitions, performances etc.
Chef, food and beverage director.
Online tourism marketing director.
Health: The industry remains in demand as the population is aging and life expectancy is increasing. Studies show that this sector will offer approximately 2 million jobs across Europe in the coming years.
According to research by the Hellenic Federation of Businesses, the demand in the future will be mainly for the following occupations:
Chemist, specializing in research and production of pharmaceuticals and OTC products.
Doctor, clinical geneticist.
Pharmacist – Clinical pharmacologist or pharmacist.
Quality Assurance Manager.
Physician of Emergency Medicine.
Psychologist, specializing in clinical psychology on social dependencies.
Energy and Green Technology: The recent government announcement that it will establish a university department for oil exploration, highlights the prospects of the energy sector.
Professions that could have significant demand:
RES technologies expert.
Power systems expert.
Automation techniques expert.
Photovoltaic systems technician.
Energy investments consultant.
Expert on bioclimatic design and energy-saving applications for buildings.
Gas networks expert.
Environmental protection expert.
Wind power systems expert.
Manufacturing: Food and construction materials.
The food industry has surpassed the crisis (although badly hurt in terms of salary cuts) and is consistently one of the most important parts of Greek manufacturing, as well as one of the key driving forces of the Greek economy.
Another area is the manufacturing of construction materials, as there is a vast range of products and a number of firms that have strong extraversion. Good prospects are also found in the metal and wood sectors.
Jobs with great prospects in this area are:
Manager of module industry.
Machinery and plant technician.
Development of production process expert.
Supply chain manager.
Director of exports.
Security Management and Food Quality manager.
Environmental Protection specialist.
Engineering Technology of Metallic Materials expert.
Aluminum and metal construction expert.
Shipping: Despite the crisis, this industry is characterized by a steady increase in the creation of new jobs that are highly qualified and have relatively high wages, but their number is not very large yet. However, the development of the Thessaloniki and Piraeus ports are about to create many job positions such as:
Shipping company employee.
Maritime lawyer – solicitor.
Marketing and communications expert.
Ship engines designer.
Agriculture: Ten specialties for an emerging industry.
The labor market lost 23.4% of jobs from 2008 to 2013, however, the “loss” in agriculture was only 7.4%, less any other industry, according to data provided by the National Confederation of Workers.
Jobs with potential in this sector include:
Laboratory quality control expert.
Engineering and infrastructure maintenance.
Expert in Ecological Services – Organic Agriculture.
Expert in Greenhouses.
Administrator of Agricultural holdings.
Poultry – Farm Animal Breeding expert.
Digital technology and communications: The sector that resisted stronger than any other during the economic crisis, showing great growth potential.
The list of professions include:
Expert in mobile application development.
Specialist in software development.
Designer or network engineer.
Designer of integrated systems.
Quality manager or security of information systems and networks manager.
Manager of databases and data centers.
Software development and hardware installation expert.