Jobs of the Future:
Why Should You Learn
New Skills Today?
This post isn’t intended to cause alarm.
…but your skills that deliver value in today’s economy are not enough for jobs of the future.
Why should you be learning new skills? Below are industries which are seeing incoming waves of technology that will displace large numbers of workers in the next 10 years and beyond. These changes are happening now, and will continue to grow into the future. Do any of the listed impacted impact affect your career?
- Service (receptionists, waiters/waitresses, bartenders, cooks)
- Transportation (taxi and truck drivers, travel agents)
- Retail (shelf stockers, cashiers)
- Distribution (warehouse stockers, pickers, and packers)
- Professionals (paralegals/ legal assistants, loan officers)
- Medical (disease diagnosticians… and this video was filmed 6 years ago!)
- Financial (stock traders)
- Engineering (Mechanical Engineers)
- Chemistry (pharmaceutical development)
- Biology (biological design and fabrication)
- Agriculture (farming)
However, there is good news!
Roles that were once considered futuristic have arrived and the opportunities are growing:
- Web Developers (front-end, backend, full-stack, user interface/user experience)
- Mobile Developers (iOS & Android)
- Data Analysts & Data Scientists
- Digital Marketing
- Software developers
◦ Augmented Reality
◦ Virtual Reality
◦ Artifical Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning
◦ Contextual Computing (e.g. self-driving cars)
◦ Online Services
- 3D Printing
- Internet of Things
- Online Education
- Sharing Economy
- Social Work
In addition, according to PWC, “a greater proportion of the economic pie will go to those with the knowledge and the new skills needed to thrive in an ever more digital economy. This would put a premium not only on education levels when entering the workforce, but also the ability to adapt over time and re-skill throughout working life in the face of an accelerating pace of technological change.“
New Skills for the Jobs of the future:
a collaboration of humans and technology.
Specifically, there are skills that you can start growing today to help make your career future-proof. From Time.com, “though counterintuitive, [Malcolm] Frank believes that automation will make us more creative in the long run. “We’re going to allow machines to do what machines do with excellence, and humans can do what humans do best.” He gives the example of teachers, who could benefit from a robot that reviews homework, helping to identify each student’s needs. “The rote work has been removed [by computers],” he says, “freeing up humans to do higher impact, more creative work.”
Nowadays, factories are equipping their complex machines with sensors that, with the right software, can predict when essential parts will fail. What happens when failures occur in new places that aren’t monitored by electronics? That’s where creativity-powered human workers save the day.
The takeaway: Jobs of the future will work alongside computer counterparts and will require skills that are adaptive and complementary to the abilities that automation provides.
What are you doing to keep pace with the imminent changes?
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