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Published on July 31st, 2011 | by bubble

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Get a job in a growth industry

It’s no secret that times are tough. Independent high street shops are shutting down all over the country, and lately even big chain stores like Habitat and Moben Kitchens are going into administration. That’s bad news for anyone who works in retail, but it’s even worse in the public sector. Mass job losses mean there are a lot of people out there competing for very few jobs.

General retail sales figures may be down in the dumps, but there is one sector that continues to buck the trend. The online retail sales have never been stronger. That means more web development jobs as more businesses turn to the internet to boost growth, and more jobs for the people who maintain those fast-growing sites.

Ecommerce jobs are varied. Some involve nothing more than fulfilling orders, packing them up, and sticking on a label. Others require a deep understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of a successful site and the ability to create customised code, Java apps, and clean, fast HTML. Some involve a lot of customer service and detailed product knowledge, and some don’t. There is space for people from extremely technical backgrounds and for those with a background in retail sales too.

Jobs in ecommerce are far more secure than jobs in the everyday retail sector, and in general they’re also better paid. If you’re looking for a new career direction or thinking about what path to take after school or uni, ecommerce is certainly something to consider. There are good prospects now and there will almost certainly be good prospects in the future.

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