Jobs and Skills of Tomorrow – Insights from JobsPikr’s Job Data

There could be many roads to career success that one can take. However, the critical one that remains is the development of one’s skills and capabilities. Such capabilities and skills can be developed through education, learning, and abundant, meaningful work. Let’s explore the jobs of tomorrow here.

Its inter-connectedness exceptionally marks the global shift into the future of work. An ever-expanding cohort of new technologies characterizes it. However, while such advancement has led to increased interconnection and growth, it has also led to jobs becoming redundant, mass job displacement, skills shortages, etc.

Based on JobsPikr’s job data feeds, many things need to be done at scale. These include taking a global overview of the ongoing technological augmentation of work, emerging and disrupted jobs and skills, mass reskilling and upskilling across industries, and new strategies for effective workforce transitions.

The job data also states that a set of ground-breaking, emerging technologies have signaled the start of the Fourth Industrial Revolution over the past decade. It is believed that by 2025, a significant change in how we work will be noticed. It looks like more machines and algorithms will be broadly employed, reducing the time spent by human beings. However, it will most definitely disrupt the employment opportunities for workers employed across a broad range of industries. 

Jobs of Tomorrow

The Future of Jobs survey is evident in stating that this disruption will be most felt in most jobs replaced by ‘jobs of tomorrow.

So, what are the jobs of tomorrow?

These are the jobs that have seen an evident rise in demand. In addition, these jobs will tend to have people who can fill new roles such as green economy, data, AI, engineering, cloud computing, and product development. These roles reflect the emerging importance of human interaction with increased jobs in the care economy, marketing, sales, content, and those involving people and culture.

The survey further mentions that companies seek to provide reskilling and upskilling opportunities to most of their staff, about 73%. Despite them being aware that, by 2025, 44% of employees’ skills to perform their roles effectively will change.

It is crucial for job markets because of the emergence of two prominent events: the fourth industrial revolution and the Covid-19 induced recession. While some analysts believe that a technical disruption will lead to a shortage of available opportunities, other experts believe that new job opportunities will emerge. According to research, there is a rising demand for jobs in non-routine analytics. This is further accompanied by a need for the automation of routine manual jobs.

COVID-19 has impacted businesses hard. Beginning in mid-March and by mid-April in the last year, nearly 55% of economies, near about 100 countries, had enacted workplace closures. During May and June, some in-person business operations were resumed. However, there were limitations to the physical movement, geographic mobility between countries, and alteration in the consumption patterns of individuals. By late June 2020, about 5% of countries were under a full closure of in-person business operations. Only about 23% of countries were entirely back to open. In addition, individuals shifted to working remotely and enacted physical distancing.

Let’s look at some jobs that could become redundant soon.

High-Risk Jobs

  • Data Entry Clerks
  • Administrative and Executive Secretaries
  • Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Clerks
  • Accountants and Auditors 5 Assembly and Factory Workers
  • Business Services and Administration Managers
  • Client Information and Customer Service Workers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Mechanics and Machinery Repairs
  • Material-Recording and Stock-Keeping Clerks
  • Financial Analysts
  • Postal Service Clerks
  • Sales Rep., Wholesale and Manuf., Tech. and Sci.Products
  • Relationship Managers
  • Bank Tellers and Related Clerks
  • Door-To-Door Sales, News, and Street Vendors
  • Electronics and Telecoms Installers and Repairers
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Construction Laborers

It looks like the reallocation of current tasks between humans and machines have already begun. A significant finding was that by 2025, the average time that people and machines spend at work would be at par. This means that algorithms will focus on information and data processing tasks along with administrative and manual labor. These are the same tasks where people are expected to hold onto their differentiating capability by working on skills such as managing, advising, decision making, reasoning, communicating, etc.

There is enough research and evidence that marks significant opportunities for transitions into jobs that have increased demand. However, about 50% of them refer to non-emerging roles in the movement towards increased data and AI professions.

The same is about 75% in Sales, 72% in content roles, and 67% in Engineering roles. These figures indicate that a good deal of the labor force is already being reallocated. Looking at such transitions, it become straightforward how ‘jobs of tomorrow’ only present more significant opportunities for employees to reimagine their career.

Technologies Likely to be Adopted by 2025

  • Cloud computing (17%)
  • Big data analytics (2%)
  • Internet of things and connected devices (9%)
  • Encryption and cybersecurity (29%)
  • Artificial intelligence (inc. ML and NLP) (8%)
  • Text, image, and voice processing (-2%)
  • E-commerce and digital trade (2%)
  • Robots, non-humanoid (e.g., industrial automation, drones) (10%)
  • Augmented and virtual reality (1%)
  • Distributed ledger technology (e.g., blockchain) (11%)
  • 3D and 4D printing and modeling (10%)
  • Power storage and generation (-4%)
  • New materials (e.g. nanotubes, graphene) (-12%)
  • Biotechnology (8%)
  • Robots, humanoid (11%)
  • Quantum computing (-5%)

Emerging and Declining Skills

While global companies can harness their growth potential by adopting various technological ideas, the only thing that could be a barrier is skill shortages. JobsPikr’s job data explicitly mentions that the skills gaps in the local labor market and the inability to attract the right talent remain among the top barriers to adopting new technologies.

The shortage of skills is more acute in certain emerging professions. For example, business leaders have repeatedly pointed out the difficulty in finding skilled employees when hiring leads such as Data Analysts and Scientists, AI, Machine Learning, Software developers, etc. 

Top Cross-Cutting, Specialized Skills of the Future

  • Product marketing
  • Digital marketing
  • Software development life cycle
  • Business management
  • Advertising
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Development tools
  • Data storage technologies
  • Computer networking
  • Web development
  • Management consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data and Science
  • Retail sales
  • Technical support
  • Social media
  • Graphic design
  • Information management

Based on the jobs and skill requirements of tomorrow, we can prepare ourselves for a better future. JobsPikr’s job data feeds provide insights on how the current job market functions and what are expected in the near future. In addition, for firms looking for job market data, JobsPikr can offer the latest job data feeds from around the web.

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