(Courtesy of Wayfind) For those starting on their dream-job exploration there is very exciting news—and it’s not all about tech. Here is some advice about the best careers for the future and the skills you’ll need to build now to get there.
Net New Jobs Growth
Based on recent findings, 75 million current job roles may be displaced by the shift in the level of automation, while 133 million new job roles may emerge at the same time. Machine and algorithms will continue to take over human work. By 2022, the current percentage of hours performed by humans will decrease from 71% to 42% as the percentage of work done by machines or algorithms will increase from 29% to 58%.
Growing occupations include roles such as data analysts, software and applications developers and e-commerce and social media specialists—jobs that are based in the technology and marketing sectors. However, also expected to grow are job roles based on distinctively “human” traits, such as customer service workers, sales and marketing professionals, training and development, people and culture and organizational development specialists as well as innovation managers.
By 2022 the skills required to perform most jobs will shift significantly as well, with only 58% of current skills remaining relevant. Skills growing in significance include analytical thinking and active learning as well as technology design (UX/UI Design). However, proficiency in new technologies is only one part of the 2022 skills equation. “Human” skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will likewise retain or increase their value, as will attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and complex problem-solving. Emotional intelligence, leadership and social skills as well as customer service orientation are also set to grow in demand.
Emerging skills gaps—both among individual workers and among companies’ senior leadership—may significantly impact how organizations manage and retain their talent. Depending on industry and geography, between one-half and two-thirds of companies are likely to turn to external contractors, temporary staff and freelancers to address their skills gaps. This is important to note as more and more people are entering the workforce who are looking for flexible schedules and specialized skills training.
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