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Jobs For The Future: Everything you need to know

Editorial Team
04/08/2020 7:33 AM

In 2017, the
International Labour Organisation Global Commission On The Future Of Work began
its work and published their work in 2019 in a report titled, Work for a
Brighter Future. The commission was co-chaired by the President of South
Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa and Sweden's Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven.  The report states that technological advances
will create new jobs, but those who lose their jobs in this transition may be
the least equipped to seize the new opportunities. Today's skills will not
match the jobs of tomorrow and newly acquired skills may quickly become
obsolete. However, if everyone is aware of the changes, if everyone is included
and works together to find solutions, there is a brighter future to our world
of work.

In their 2017
report, McKinsey Global Institute addressed the question of what automation
will mean for skills.  They said:

“Workers of the
future will spend more time on activities that machines are less capable of,
such as managing people, applying expertise, and communicating with others.
They will spend less time on predictable physical activities and on collecting
and processing data, where machines already exceed human performance. The
skills and capabilities required will also shift, requiring more social and
emotional skills and more advanced cognitive capabilities, such as logical
reasoning and creativity.”

The World Economic
Forum Future of Jobs Report lists Top 10 skills to have in 2020. This list
echoes the same sentiment to what McKinsey said. One can see that the skills
needed for future jobs are more of the "soft skills" traditionally
not given the attention they deserve. The continued accelerating pace of
technological and socio-economic disruption, changes in business models will
not only influence the skills employees to need but shorten the shelf life of
their skills. Even in roles not directly affected by the technology they will
be some sort of skill addition to adapt to the new ecosystem. The World
Economic Forum predicted that, on average, by 2020, more than a third of the
desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that
are not yet considered crucial to the job in 2016.

In their 2020
report titled, Jobs of tomorrow Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy, the
World Economic Forum founded the following:

Demand for both “digital” and “human” factors is driving
growth in the professions of the future:

Whilst we are
witnessing a rise in demand of roles at the forefront of the data and AI
economy such as engineering, cloud computing and product development, emerging
professions also reflect the continuing importance of human interaction in the
new economy. This is giving rise

to greater demand
for care economy jobs. Jobs in marketing, sales and content production as well
as roles at the forefront of people and culture are growing in demand.

The highest-growth jobs of tomorrow are:

The roles with the
highest rate of growth within high-volume jobs include Artificial Intelligence
Specialists, Medical Transcriptionists, Data Scientists, Customer Success
Specialists and Full Stack Engineers. Within lower volume jobs, the highest
growth is in Landfill Biogas Generation System Technicians, Social Media
Assistants, Wind Turbine Service Technicians, Green Marketers and Growth

A look at the professions of the future

Editorial Team

This article was written by one of the consultants at IPC

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