Jobs of the future

The world-of-work is changing rapidly, and with new technologies creating new opportunities, some roles are under threat. A huge growth in the knowledge-based industries means that more jobs today require specific and technical skills and often a higher qualification level.

Traditional jobs at risk due to technology

According to a study Robotics and Artificial Intelligence could affect almost 30% of UK jobs by 2030. However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear. It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in the economy.

Jobs in manufacturing and retail were among the most at risk from new technologies, the report said. The use of robots in the workplace is rising with workers in some sectors already facing up to the potential challenges. For example, in the near future, truck drivers might “job share” with a self-driving lorry.

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Career planning tip: You might hear the term ‘skills shortages’ talked about when employers struggle to find people with the right skills to fill a vacancy. These are generally good indicators as to where future jobs will be.

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Which jobs are most at risk?

  • Transportation and storage – 56% of jobs at high risk from automation
  • Manufacturing – 46%
  • Wholesale and retail trade – 44%
  • Administrative and support services – 37%
  • Financial and insurance – 32%

Source: PwC

Whilst all this may seem quite a scary, technological progress will also create a number of new jobs in the future. For example, as the world gets to grips with climate change, new roles in environmental management and resource use will start to appear, along with technology based roles in manufacturing and entertainment.

Top 10 jobs in South East England over the next 15 years

  • Care workers
  • Nurses, and nursing assistants
  • Data analyst
  • Online merchandiser
  • Carpenter and joiner
  • Food technologist
  • Medical practitioners
  • Production managers
  • Software developers
  • Teachers

Source: PwC

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Where is the future?

Roles that expect people to come up with creative and original ideas like designers or engineers, will also be advantageous in the face of automation, as will jobs that need a high degree of social and negotiating skills, such as managerial positions.

Creative and digital, information and communication technology, hi-tech engineering, life sciences and tourism are all examples of sectors which contribute hugely to the UK economy and a lot of the new jobs available to young people will be in these industries. A relatively new sector often termed the “green economy”, offers a variety of roles which will help the government meet its environmental targets.

How can I prepare?

You will need a broad range of transferrable skills that would enable you to navigate the future landscape successfully. To embrace the future, you need to be prepared to upskill or retrain at any point of your working life, hence engaging in life-long learning.

Before you start thinking which jobs might get you a future-proof career, you need to do essential planning. This is where Barnfield College Careers Advice can help you. Call 01582 569 569 to book a one-to-one appointment or fill in our online form.

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