The top 10 emerging careers to get into (and 10 doomed jobs to avoid at all costs)

The world of work is changing rapidly, and the skills required for many of today’s jobs will become increasingly obsolete over the next few years. Those are the findings of a new report released last month from the World Economic Forum.

The report, The Future of Jobs 2018, details a number of current jobs that are on the verge of being replaced by automation. It’s not all doom and gloom, however. New career paths and areas of specialization are emerging at the same time as old ones fade away.

According to the WEF, by 2025 – just seven years from now – more than half of all current work place tasks will be performed by machines – up from 29 per cent today. To maintain a successful career, you need to keep up with the skills that are increasingly in demand. These tend to be creative and analytical thinking and complex problem solving, as opposed to any routine physical work that can easily be performed by a machine. (See also: The skills you’ll need to get a job in the very near future)

Here are the latest predictions for the top career paths to get into for the near future and those jobs destined to be rapidly replaced by automation.

The Top 10 Emerging

    Data Analysts and Scientists
    AI and Machine Learning Specialists
    Software and Applications Developers and Analysts
    Sales and Marketing Professionals
    Big Data Specialists
    Digital Transformation Specialists
    New Technology Specialists
    Organizational Development Specialists
    Information Technology Specialists
    Cyber Security Experts

The Top 10 Declining

    Data Entry Clerk
    Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Clerks
    Administrative and Executive Secretaries
    Assembly and Factory Workers
    Client Information and Customer Service Workers
    Business Services and Administration Managers
    Accountants and Auditors
    Material-Recording and Stock-Keeping Clerks
    Postal Service Clerks
    Cashiers

Creativity, adaptability, and strategic decision-making, as well as having a plan for continuous learning will be more important than any specific technical abilities. That’s because technology and the demands of the job market are always evolving. You need to evolve with them. Remember: if a job can be automated, it will be.

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