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
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.