WDC Highlights Top 25 In-Demand Professions in Kazakhstan Until 2030

The Workforce Development Center (WDC) has unveiled a medium-term forecast outlining the most sought-after occupations from 2024 to 2030. Identified within the top 25 groups are roles ranging from accountants to teachers, reflecting the evolving needs of the job market.

According to WDC experts, key professions in demand include accountants, security personnel, drivers, and educators, among others. 

Below are the top 25 in-demand professions in Kazakhstan, as outlined by the current National Classifier of Occupations:

  1. Accountants – 93,000 people
  2. Security guards, cash collectors, and related professions – 77,000 people
  3. Store sellers and their assistants – 77,000 people
  4. Drivers and chauffeurs of cars – 44,000 people
  5. Secondary school teachers in social sciences – 35,000 people
  6. Nursing staff – 33,000 people
  7. Teachers in preschool education – 32,000 people
  8. Secondary school teachers in natural sciences – 31,000 people
  9. Office employees (general profile) – 30,000 people
  10. Primary school teachers – 26,000 people
  11. First heads of institutions, organizations, and enterprises – 24,000 people
  12. Agents for transactions with real estate and other property – 24,000 people
  13. Truck drivers – 24,000 people
  14. Taxi drivers – 19,000 people
  15. Cooks – 19,000 people
  16. Welders – 17,000 people
  17. Cooks in fast food establishments, except fast food – 17,000 people
  18. Other secondary school teachers – 16,000 people
  19. Heads of construction departments – 15,000 people
  20. Hairdressers – 13,000 people
  21. Foreman of builders-installers, builders-finishers, painters – 13,000 people
  22. Plumbers – 13,000 people
  23. Secondary school teachers in mathematical sciences – 12,000 people
  24. Farmers and workers for the production of mixed products – 12,000 people
  25. Bus drivers – 12,000 people

The forecast estimates a total demand of 1.9 million new hires, encompassing both new positions and replacements due to retirements or mortality. New demand is anticipated to contribute 58% of this figure, driven by economic growth, while replacement demand accounts for 42%.

Under optimistic scenarios, the total demand could surge to 2.2 million, while pessimistic projections suggest a lower figure of 1.2 million. Urbanization trends are expected to concentrate demand in major cities like Almaty and Shymkent, with the least demand in central, eastern, and northern regions.

The public services sector, including education and healthcare, is expected to have the highest demand for workers, followed by transportation and distribution, and business services. Additionally, industries like construction, agriculture, and other services will also see notable demand.

Dmitry Shumekov, director of the WDC Forecasting Department, highlights peaks in demand expected in 2027 and 2030, with the public services sector leading the way in job creation. These forecasts provide insights for policymakers and individuals planning their career paths amidst evolving labor market dynamics.



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