Jobs in Demand in the Future

Jobs in Demand in the Future

The workplace is changing, and the job roles in demand will change with it.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing about some changes in the way we operate. Technological advances mean there will be more automation, even in administrative and logical thinking processes.

While there is going to be a decline in demand for certain roles, the WEF predict stability and even growth in other jobs.

The job roles that are predicted to maintain stable demand are;

  • Managing Directors and Chief Executives
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Software and Applications Developers and Analysts
  • Data Analysts and Scientists
  • Sales and Marketing Professionals
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Financial and Investment Advisers
  • Database and Network Professionals
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Specialists
  • Risk Management Specialists
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Management and Organization Analysts
  • Electrotechnology Engineers
  • Organizational Development Specialists
  • Chemical Processing Plant Operators
  • University and Higher Education Teachers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Energy and Petroleum Engineers
  • Robotics Specialists and Engineers
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Refining Plant Operators

Even in stable roles, you may find that the nature of the job changes. Everyone in the workforce is likely to use more technology and have to continuously train to stay relevant.

The new roles predicted are predictably technology driven, but also support the role technology will play in future. They are;

  • AI and Machine Learning Specialists
  • Big Data Specialists
  • Digital Transformation Specialists
  • New Technology Specialists
  • Information Technology Services
  • Process Automation Specialists
  • Innovation Professionals
  • E-Commerce and Social Media Specialists
  • User Experience and Human-Machine
  • Interaction Designers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Robotics Specialists and Engineers
  • People and Culture Specialists
  • Client Information and Customer Service Workers (not necessarily in the same industry)
  • Service and Solutions Designers
  • Digital Marketing and Strategy Specialists

Some of these roles are in existence today. Some can be considered adaptations of other roles. For instance, the growth of customer service staff will likely be in the information and technology space, as opposed to traditional customer facing roles.

What do you need to do?

The best action you can take at this moment is to identify what you can build on to stay relevant during this change. There are 2 areas you can focus on;

  1. Identify the skills you have and match them to a stable or future demanded role
  2. Identify any gaps you need to fill and find training or education to close them

Now is the time to invest in yourself. The reading material and education you consume now, can lead you to a great working situation in the future.

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