If you’re currently reconsidering your university subjects or rethinking the safety of your job during and after the age of AI, it’s time to sit down and pay attention to what the jobs of the future will look like and get real as far as jobs in demand for the next ten years are concerned.
Factors like automation, urbanisation and a population that will grow much older than the current one, it’s pretty obvious to envision what the future of jobs might look like. According to the innovation company Nesta, the job market will look dramatically different by 2030 when compared to the one we’re used to. Let’s take a look at what the next ten years will call for in terms of skills.
Ten jobs that are in high demand (now and in the future)
The workforce of tomorrow will need to acquire skills and specialities, so they’ll need teachers to train them in areas such as English, history, and philosophy. Nesta believes that teachers and other public sector workers won’t be threatened by the looming threat of automation because robots can’t quite get to grips with interpersonal skills. Yet.
People will be willing to pay more for authentic, local, specialist products and services in the future. This means that artisans like barbers, butchers, and coffee roasters will help keep local economies afloat with their high street merchandise.
3. Sports Therapists
In our modern age, fitness has become much more of a focus than unhealthy nightclubs. This means that millennials are moving away from the party scene and towards a more health-conscious one instead. Personal trainers might be high in demand in the future, and so might sports therapists and nutritionists, to help keep everyone on track of their health goals.
4. Skilled Tradespeople
Yes, automation will have a massive impact on manual jobs, but for now, skilled tradespeople are safe. After all, have you seen how long it takes a Toyota robot to pour a glass of juice? If you’re a glass maker, home decorator, or tradesman like a joiner, you’re safe for at least the next ten years.
To expand the cities (so that more people can live and work there), the future will need engineers of all sorts to accommodate the changes of tomorrow. Electrical engineers will wire everything up. Civil engineers have to design the roads. Software engineers will keep us connected to the internet. And environmental engineers will help keep things powered up when we run out of oil.
6. Healthcare Professionals
People will live longer in the future, which is why the demand for doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists is on the rise. Since we have access to better medicines these days, the chances of us living out our golden years in good health are also high. That’s why the world of tomorrow will also need counsellors so that people in their 80s and 90s can stay culturally aware.
7. Hospitality Workers
The food industry is already booming, and with the change of the times, the industry is predicted to soar higher than ever before. The demand for chefs, bartenders, and baristas will be sky-high as people will want to see originality, flexibility and management skills.
8. Veterinary Nurses
Almost half of all South African households own some form of pet, which means that people naturally develop a deeper need to provide care for their pets as part of their families as well. The skills of veterinary nurses will be high in demand for at least the next ten years.
Sales will always be a thing, and the people driving sales will need to be more original, flexible and showcase better management skills than ever before. With the rise in popularity of high-store streets, the need for people to talk to actual people during the sales process will only increase.
10. Creative Workers
If you’re a designer, marketer or a writer, you are safe for now. These professionals will benefit from digital tech and the way it makes it easier to get more work done. Roles might shift though. Game designers, for example, will need systems skills to teach societies how to thrive with new tech on the block.