With mass automation expected to replace jobs performed by humans, many people are left wondering what the best careers will be in the future. While we can’t exactly predict what the future holds in store, we can make some educated guesses about the best jobs being created over the next 10 - 20 years.
Will you need to retrain for the best chance of future success? Let’s take a closer look at what the future may have in store for us:Solar and Wind Energy Technicians
Renewable energy sources are playing a critical role in providing the energy of tomorrow. Countries around the world are setting renewable energy targets, so we can safely predict that the demand for technicians in these sectors is set to increase.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that an additional 30,000 solar technician jobs will be required from 2016 to 2026. Another 14,000 more jobs are also set to become available in the wind energy sector. Skilled technicians will be required to help with installation, maintenance, and repair work, and this trend is not set to change within the foreseeable future.Teachers
Teaching as a profession has evolved with technology over time, and we will still need people to teach the specialist skills and knowledge required for the jobs of the future.
A report published by Nesta agrees that teachers would fare well against the threat of automation, well beyond the year 2030. It also predicts that the education sector will require “immersive experience designers” with skills in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies.
Rest assured that dystopian tech stories like those portrayed in the science-fiction show “Black Mirror” are highly unlikely. But we’re already seeing courses that use fictional characters and simulations to get a feel for real work life situations. So it’s not exactly a stretch to assume that this trend will continue in classrooms across the world.Healthcare Professionals
With an ageing population, our need for quality medical care isn’t likely to decrease any time soon. We will continue to need doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists to look after us well into our golden years.
Demand for people with these skill sets is only set to increase as we continue to live longer than ever before. The same study found that these occupations are predicted to have the highest percentage change in employment between 2016 and 2026:
Home health aides (47%)
Personal care aides (39%)
Physician assistants (37%)
Nurse practitioners (36%)
Medical assistants (29%)
If you want to ensure that you still have a job in 2026, then you may want to consider a transition into the healthcare sector. After all, we’re going to need as much help as we can get to help maintain our ageing bodies and minds as we get older.App Developer
One of the most exciting jobs for the future is that of an app developer. This should come as no surprise considering the fact that U.S. consumers now spend five hours a day on mobile devices and the App Store is predicted to reach 5 million apps by 2020.
The increasing use of mobile technology continues to drive demand for the development of all sorts of applications in a variety of industries. The app market is becoming very lucrative as a result of monetisation models such as in-app purchases and in-app ads.Computer Systems Analyst
If not already, the job of a Computer Systems Analyst is set to become one of the hottest jobs in the future. The computerisation of everything means people and businesses will become dependent on computers to perform most tasks.
Specialists that can help organizations to meet their technological needs and protect their networks and IT systems from cyber attacks will be in high demand. For those of you with the required skills, you will be excited to learn that over 100 000 will be created in this sector over the next 20 years.
The way we work is changing at an unprecedented rate. The World Economic Forum predicts that by the year 2020, we will have lost 5 million jobs to automation. Many more positions will also be in high demand. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to keep on top of trends in your industry and upskill wherever possible to stay ahead of the game.