There’s quite a lot of information in the media about job trends and projections. Some of the larger job search sites like Indeed and Monster track the trends. Consider setting up alerts at your favorite job site or media outlet if that function is offered. Here are some government sites where you can do your own digging and get the most recent government research results.
Canada: Human Resources and Skills Development has a section called the Canadian Occupational Projection System. It tracks labor trends to 2020. See http://www23.hrsdc.gc.ca/w.2lc.4m.2@-eng.jsp
United States: The U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics website has projections for the fastest growing occupations through 2022. It also lists occupations with the most job growth. Look for the summary of employment projections in the same section at http://www.bls.gov/
Britain: The UK government has labor projections to 2022. Go to https://www.gov.uk/
Australia: The Australian government website has a very user-friendly Job Outlook section. There are job description overviews and job prospects projected to 2017. See http://joboutlook.gov.au/
New Zealand: Likewise, the New Zealand government has a medium – long term employment outlook on its website, projecting industry needs and occupations through 2021. Go to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Research Centre, Labor Market Information, Forecasting. See http://dol.govt.nz/
Maclean’s Magazine 2015 Guide to Jobs in Canada
150 Best Jobs for a Secure Future by Laurence Shatkin (2012). Good information, including fastest-growing jobs and matching personality types to jobs. If you have your eye on a specific second career job, it may be in this book. If so, this would be a good book to use in your planning. Describes educational or training requirements by job.
The Big Book of Jobs by The Editors of McGraw-Hill & the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014). This is a good book for looking up an occupations and getting a concise explanation of the nature of the work, training or education required, earnings, job outlook, etc. It would be good if you have an idea of what you might like to do for a second career but aren’t completely sure what the job entails.
Where The Jobs Are Now by Joe Watson (2010). What I liked most about this book is the very large amount of resource material in the appendix. Don’t be concerned that this is a 2010 book and a lot has changed in the world since then. The places listed at the back of the book to look for jobs are still very useful. The book has some good insight into which jobs areas are expanding.
How to Find a Job in Canada by Efim Cheinis and Dale Sproule (2008). This is a book designed for new immigrants to Canada. This also makes it ideal for someone looking for a job for the first time in a long while. Like you, a career street cop. What makes it so good are the clear explanations of how and where to look for a job, the resources and websites that provide a wealth of information. For example, on page 128 there is a province by province list of Canada’s job banks with website addresses. There’s also a chapter on the job markets in each province and territory.