Technology is evolving at a faster rate than ever before. This means some jobs and industries are disappearing and others are changing quickly. On the positive side, a rapidly changing workforce means new industries are emerging.
A 2017 report by Commonwealth bank stated that ‘the future of work will be primarily about how people can collaborate effectively with machines to do what neither can do alone’.
Some of the most in-demand roles today haven’t been around for that long — think UX designers, SEO experts, data scientists and web developers.
Alongside Deakin and Griffith universities, Ford Australia has created an extensive report on what the workforce will look like in the coming years. The report describes future roles, plus a quiz you can take to find out what job you’re best suited to. According to Ford, the major drivers of change will be technological advances, climate change, data democratisation and globalisation.
The industries of tomorrow will be centred on big data, algorithms, 3D printers and prosthetics, intelligent materials and more nuanced and complex ways of communicating. The report also states that digital skills and STEM/STEAM skills are required across all future jobs.
Ford/Griffith/Deakin: 100 jobs of the future - Nostalgists
Wondering what to study in Australia? Here are some of the future jobs that made the list:
- Nostalgists: Assisting in preserving the memories of elderly people to create a personalised experience for older people and people with dementia.
- Ethical hacker: Getting into the minds of cyber-criminals and identifying potential security risks and vulnerabilities on behalf of bigger companies and government agencies.
- Freelance virtual clutter organiser: As we reduce our physical possessions, our virtual clutter will grow — these experts will use problem-solving and software to clean up clients’ data.
- Flood control engineer: With extreme weather events becoming more common and rising sea levels imminent, there will be demand for specialised skills in hydrology and water flow management.
- Lifelong education advisor: Assisting professionals in staying up to date with changes in technology and curating informal learning opportunities.
We don’t know for sure what the future holds, but we do know that technology is only going to keep improving and the workforce will keep changing. Visit 100jobsofthefuture.com to view the whole list and start future-proofing your career plans.
Ford/Griffith/Deakin: 100 jobs of the future - Chief Ethics Officer