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The top 10 jobs of the future

Lucy Dean

Within the next four years, there will be 133 million new roles in the workplace, but 75 million of our current jobs will become obsolete. Which bracket does your career fall into?

Unsurprisingly, the technology industry will be the main driver of the shift in the workforce, while operations manager and sales manager roles will also see a big uptick in the number of positions, according to the latest report by the World Economic Forum.

However, its bad news for factory workers, administration managers and even accountants who should be looking to upskill.

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“By 2022 the skills required to perform most jobs will have shifted significantly,” the World Economic Forum’s data lead, Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva and education, gender and work project lead, Till Leopold said.

In fact, workers can expect to see a shift in required skills of around 42 per cent towards analytical and creativity skills.

“Skills growing in prominence include analytical thinking and active learning as well as skills such as technology design, highlighting the growing demand for various forms of technology competency,” the researchers explained.

“However, proficiency in new technologies is only one part of the 2022 skills equation. “Human” skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will likewise retain or increase their value, as will attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and complex problem-solving.

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“Emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence as well as service orientation are also set to see particular increase in demand relative to their current prominence today.”

Skills like manual dexterity, endurance and memory will diminish in value, as will reading, writing and maths. The value placed on time management, quality control and speech abilities will also wane.

Rather, workers’ golden ticket will be the ability to continue learning.

“On average, employees will need 101 days of retraining and upskilling in the period up to 2022. Emerging skills gaps — both among individual workers and among companies’ senior leadership — may significantly obstruct organization’s transformation management.

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“Depending on industry and geography, between one-half and two-thirds of companies are likely to turn to external contractors, temporary staff and freelancers to address their skills gaps,” Stefanova Ratcheva and Leopold said.

Top 10 emerging jobs:

  1. Data analysts and scientists

  2. AI and machine learning specialists

  3. General and operations managers

  4. Software and applications developers and analysts

  5. Sales and marketing professionals

  6. Big data specialists

  7. Digital transformation specialists

  8. New technology specialists

  9. Organisational development specialists

  10. Information technology services

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Top 10 declining jobs

  1. Data energy clerks

  2. Accounting, bookkeeping and payroll clerks

  3. Administrative and executive secretaries

  4. Assembly and factory workers

  5. Client information and customer service workers

  6. Business services and administration managers

  7. Accountants and auditors

  8. Material-recording and stock-keeping clerks

  9. General and operations managers

  10. Postal service clerks