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Levelling up? These are some of the jobs of the future

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World Economic Forum has highlighted some of the jobs of the future in its report.


By U2B Staff 

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With technology advancing at breakneck speed, career trajectories may not necessarily move in a linear fashion.

On one hand, changes that occur across industries warrant professionals to continuously learn and upskill to remain relevant in their respective industries. In other instances, single-career paths might soon be an anomaly, which would mean professionals require an arsenal of flexible skills that would enable them to be career chameleons.

With this in mind, what are some of the professions of the future to look out for?

A report by the World Economic Forum, Jobs of Tomorrow: Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy offers some insight. The study was supported by data from LinkedIn. Their data shows that tech skills dominate many jobs of the future while digital skills will become increasingly critical to the world of work. 

Another important point worth noting by WEF include that not every emerging job requires hard tech skills, but every emerging job will require basic tech skills such as digital literacy, web development or graphic design. 

But that doesn’t mean the future only belongs to professionals in the tech profession; roles requiring more human-centric skills are equally important, said WEF.

Their report outlines seven professional clusters – Care Economy; Data and AI; Engineering and Cloud Computing; Green Economy; People and Culture; Product Development; and Sales, Marketing and Content – along with the top roles within those clusters.

Below are some of the jobs of the future, according to the report.

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Care Economy

Some of the large-scale emerging jobs under this cluster includes Medical Transcriptionists, Physical Therapist Aides, Radiation Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Medical Equipment Preparers and Healthcare Support Workers.

While many of the skills necessary in this field of work varies according to industry, some of the skills top skills that will be important in those professions include Respiratory Therapy, Caregiving, Sterile Procedures/Techniques, Vital Signs Measurement and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Data and AI

AI Specialist, Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Big Data Developer, Data Analyst, Analytics Specialist, Data Consultant, Insights Analyst, Business Intelligence Developer and Analytics Consultant are the professions highlighted under this cluster. 

The top skills listed under this cluster include Data Science, Data Storage Technologies, Development Tools, AI and Web Development, to name a few.

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Engineering and Cloud Computing

The role of an engineer will continue to play a pivotal role in the future. The report notes that some of the emerging jobs in this area include Site Reliability Engineer, Python Developer and Full Stack Engineer.

Crucial skills in this area include, but are not limited to, Development Tools, Web Development, Data Storage Technologies, Computer Networking and Employee Learning & Development.

Green Economy

Sustainability is high on the political agenda and necessary for our survival. A McKinsey survey has shown that many companies are actively integrating sustainability principles into their businesses, while larger shares of executives say sustainability programmes make a positive contribution to their companies’ short- and long-term value.

Some of the jobs to look out for under this cluster include Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians, Green Marketers, Solar Energy Installation Managers, Water Resource Specialists, Chief Sustainability Officers and Sustainability Specialists.

The top skills required by individuals under this cluster are highly varied, and includes technical and cross-functional skills such as Digital Marketing, Wind Turbines, Social Media and Health and Safety Standards.

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People and Culture

The emerging jobs under this cluster are shorter than the others. The five future jobs in this area include Information Technology Recruiter, Human Resources Partner, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Business Partner and Human Resources Business Partner.

Some skills worth noting in this field include Recruiting, Human Resources, Digital Literacy and Foreign Languages.

Product Development

Product Owner, Agile Coach and Scrum Master are among the large-scale emerging jobs in this cluster. 

Development Tools are among the top 10 skills listed under this cluster. It is labelled as  “Tech Disruptive Skills”, which are skills that allow individuals to use and design technologies that are set to impact business models and the labour market in significant ways over the coming years.

Sales, Marketing and Content

There are quite a number of roles under this cluster, with jobs including Customer Success Specialist, Content Specialist, Digital Specialist, Digital Marketing Manager, Chief Marketing Officer and Ecommerce Specialist.

Some of the skills important in this cluster include Digital Marketing, Social Media, Business Management, Graphic Design, Leadership and Writing. 

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Equipping yourself for jobs of the future

“The highest-growth jobs of tomorrow span all seven profession clusters. The roles with the highest rate of growth within high-volume jobs include AI Specialists, Medical Transcriptionists, Data Scientists, Customer Success Specialists and Full Stack Engineers,” said the report.

According to the reports’ estimates, over the coming three years, 37% of job openings in emerging professions will be in the Care Economy; 17% in Sales, Marketing and Content; 16% in Data and AI; 12% in Engineering and Cloud Computing; and 8% in People and Culture.

“Current projections for Green Economy professions remain more subdued, with a projected 117,200 openings, which amounts to just 1.6% of emerging job openings in the period spanning 2020–2022,” it said.

By knowing the jobs of tomorrow, professionals can better equip themselves for a fulfilling career that stands the test of time.