According to the US department of labour, in 10 years, around 65% of the jobs that people will be doing have not even been thought of yet. That’s an interesting thought.
In Australia for example, it is estimated that up to half a million jobs will be taken over by robotics or run by artificial intelligence. With smarter computers taking on more of the work that people currently do, what jobs will there be left for us to do?
Almost any job that can be described as a “process” could be done by a computer, whether that computer is housed in a robot or embedded somewhere out of sight.
Some jobs will always be done by people. The reasons can vary greatly: economic, social, nostalgic or simply not practical for robots to do.
If around 65% of the jobs in 10 years have not been invented yet, we can’t be sure what those future jobs will actually look like, though futurists are not shy of making predictions.
In his book Five Minds for the Future, Harvard professor Howard Gardner makes the case for cultivating a disciplined mind, being someone who can bring their attention to a laser-like focus and drill down to the essence of a subject, perceiving the simple truth of it.
The future will see a host of new technology for creating and communicating content. In-demand workers will be able to critically assess this content and find ways to communicate it to good effect.
Communication skills have always been important and will remain so.
It will be a handy skill to know how to handle large data sets and find new ways of making sense of it and turn it into something useful.
This could involve devising new, multi-disciplinary and perhaps unconventional approaches to the challenges. We already filter a deluge of information every day. Our grandparents were lucky — they had to deal with a lot less.
People need to effectively handle the cognitive loan and they’ll have to find optimum solutions to various problems. When good collaboration tools exist for virtual project teams, there are few limits to what can be achieved. More projects will be done by such teams because the technology that supports them is getting better every year.
So it will be that people with the right virtual team skills will be in high demand.
Speaking of the virtual, procedural architects will be at a premium. These are people who can design virtual environments and experiences that allow people to get things done and perhaps have some fun. This is what the minds behind Google, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, eBay, LinkedIn, Pinterest, WordPress and MSN have done.
Jobs in Demand
Specialists have compiled lists of what they think will be in demand, based on trends. These jobs include the following: