The fresh graduates hear it quite often: we are now entering a world where most of the jobs, at times, whole industries did not exist just ten years ago.

Cloud computing, after all, is a product of the 21st century and Apple’s App Store was unheard of till 2008.

It can be quite daunting to keep a tab of this ever evolving world. To keep your feet on the ground, I have tried to list a few industries you need to keep an eye on in 2016. Let’s check out on them.

  1. Telemedicine

The George Washington University EHS 6211 / PUBH 6099 course "Innovations in Telemedicine: Mobile Health" participated in a learning session at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, co-led by Neal Sikka, MD

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Healthcare IT often refers to the electronic medical records. Telemedicine, on the other hand, refers to the actual delivery of clinical service remotely using technologies like email, video chats or other technologies, especially the ones that are delivered by wireless devices or smartphones.

According to the experts of the industry, telemedicine is capacitated to improve the health status of patients by enhancing access to medical care as well as offering real-time responses at low costs.

  1. 3D Printing

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Though some of us are still scratching our head in an attempt to understand this magical notion, the 3D printing industry is steadily growing, improving its applicability as well as viability.

The experts predict that this industry has the capacity to revolutionise the manufacturing industry. You need to keep an eye on 3D printing this year.

  1. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is a technology that allows an individual to make phone calls using internet connection rather than using the traditional phone lines.

You must have experienced a similar technology if you have ever used Google Hangouts, Skype or WhatsApp.

A research reports, this industry brings in as much as $6 billion in revenue.

VoIP is best to be used by the businesses that need to make international phone calls as it brings down the cost. The expense of the local calls has been brought down by 40% whereas that of the international calls has come down by 90%.

With internet usage increasing every year, it does not appear at all surprising that most people would prefer to switch to VoIP.

  1. Remote Staffing

In case you haven’t heard, remote work is presently on the rise. With telecommuting becoming easier with technologies like Skype continuing to sharpen its services, more and more companies are saving money and going remote.

Several companies have given the verdict that the companies of today need to give up restricting themselves to local talent pool in case they plan to keep pace in this fast moving world. You can expect this sector to take off with the demand for remote work escalating.

  1. Gamification Service

The sales teams, chiefly the ones engaged in inside sales, that is sales that are accomplished over phone or online, need some ways for measuring effectiveness and elicit emotion.

Gamification makes use of software with gaming elements to motivate the sellers and create competitive as well as fun atmosphere. The programs offer real time metrics on the effectiveness as well as effort extended by the sales team.

  1. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is all set to be bigger than mobiles and apps.

“Our entire way of learning, communicating and how we experience our existence with one another is going to take 3D form with virtual reality. Also, people won’t care what model phone you have — it’ll be what goggles you wear.”

  1. Solar Energy Development

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Solar energy receives great support from the governments of several countries, from different parts of the world.

With the push for alternative sources of energy high, we can expect solar energy to make it big this year.

Technological developments as well as regulatory changes created several industries like 3D printing, gamification and telemedicine. Lifestyle trends have also created a few opportunities. We can expect these industries to grow in 2016 as consumers of today demand innovative ways to receive services and accomplish tasks.

Now you know the industries that will make it big in 2016, which industries do you feel will rule in the next 5 years?