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Emerging occupations increasingly popular among young Chinese

(People's Daily Online)    16:17, September 11, 2019


Emerging occupations like pet photographers, traditional costume designers, and escape room designers are becoming increasingly popular among young Chinese as new industries, new forms and models of business have constantly sprung up in China in recent years, China Youth Daily reported on Sept.10.

According to a recent report, 55 percent of the practitioners of the new occupations earn over 5,000 yuan (about $703) per month, among which 24.6 percent enjoy a monthly salary of more than 10,000 yuan.

Zhao Pengchong, an escape room designer who founded an immersive escape room company in 2017 and created many well-received theme escape rooms, was an engineer in the research and development department of China Railway Signal & Communication Corporation Ltd. before.

“It’s freer and more challenging to design escape rooms,” said Zhao, explaining why he decided to quit his old job and start the escape room company.

Zhang Tianhang, a pet photographer, is now referred to as China’s best photographer in professional dog photography. Zhang has got a master’s degree in Nottingham Trent University in the UK, where he studied dog photography.

This year, Zhang has won the second prize in the annual dog photography competition “Dog Photographer of The Year” organized by the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organization dedicated to the welfare of dogs. Zhang was the only Asian photographer selected for the competition this year.

Having been working as a pet photographer for 10 years, Zhang recorded many heartwarming stories about pets. He said that the first and most important quality required for becoming a pet photographer is having love and patience for pets.

“Only the people who truly love pets can take good pictures of them. When I take pictures of pets, I care about their feelings and never force them to do things they don’t like, nor would I put them in a dangerous situation,” said Zhang, adding “techniques can be learned, but a loving heart is inherent”.

With business startups and innovation continue to surge nationwide, new occupations help stimulate and unleash the dynamism and creativity of workers in China, according to Tong Yali, an expert with the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science.

Young people’s engagement in emerging occupations represents the sublimation of their views about jobs and life, said Tong, noting that the new generation attaches more attention to inner experience and the realization of personal value.

More and more post-80s, post-90s, and even post-2000s generation have become the main force in new occupations, as they have more diversified understanding of jobs, plus the new occupations usually mean flexible hours, higher salary, and flexible ways of work, said Lai Youwei, vice president of Chinese food-delivery giant Meituan Dianping and head of Meituan Research Institute.

“Emerging industries are still facing huge talent gap,” said Lai, stressing that qualified personnel will be the source as well as driving force of new occupations, and he hopes that relevant departments would make further efforts to constantly perfect vocational education and training system so as to create more opportunities for practitioners of new occupations.     

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