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What are the ‘Jobs’ of the future?

Published: Thursday 23rd August 2018

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For future career success, it could pay to research what the most in-demand professions are going to be – especially when it comes to jobs UK. What is for sure, is that technology development, along with globalisation, will affect almost everyone’s job prospects.

So, as a job seeker, if you don’t want to be unemployed five or ten years from now, it’s a good idea to take a look at what will be the best careers options down the line.

We have the technology

Clearly, one of the biggest influencers when it comes to future jobs will be technology. Already, jobs in UK sectors are being lost to technology and automation, particularly in areas such as admin and security officer jobs. But, the good news is, new ones, both full and part-time jobs are being created to take their place. The effects are being felt in every industry from teaching jobs and government jobs to accountancy jobs and even retail jobs with the rise of online education, bookkeeping and shopping platforms.

Machines are automating physical work processes, services delivery and production, so it is the people who build, operate and maintain the technology and the devices that will secure the best job opportunities. While automation is reducing the need for low-skills labour, it’s increasing the need for highly educated, well paid professionals with the requisite technical skills, which means plenty of developer jobs and engineering jobsThe Internet of Things (IoT) is another area where many IT jobs will be created.

Globalisation is changing the way we work

Without doubt, globalisation is affecting the way the future is shaping up when it comes to job opportunities, polarising the workforce into highly skilled professionals and low tier service sector workers.

Jobseekers will need to upskill for greater job security and better pay. This will mean more education jobs, many on online platforms, as opposed to traditional teaching jobs in the classroom. Indeed, technology is accelerating globalisation and more companies are sourcing workers in remote locations, impacting job availability and wages in regional job markets. Remote working will affect where jobs are based in the UK too. With more people working at home, there will be more jobs outside major population centers such as Manchester and London.

Preparing for the new future of work

While we already know that future jobs will involve technological innovation, as Artificial Intelligence (AI) frees the human workforce from mundane and repetitive tasks, that doesn’t mean all future jobs will be in technology. The world is facing numerous problems with population growth, an aging demographic and ecological challenges. This will mean a greater need for trained medical and care personnel, as well as those with expertise in areas such as waste management.

Many current jobs won’t exist in ten years from now, but that should be seen as more of an opportunity than a looming problem. While the robots take over the boring jobs, that will leave the challenging and exciting jobs requiring analytical thinking and creativity to us.

And, right now, is the time to begin preparing for the careers of the future. If you’re looking for a new job, start by checking out what’s available on Zoek UK.

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