The next generation of jobs

The next generation of jobs

Ask your children what they want to be when they grow up and you’ll probably get a whirlwind of hilarious responses (a princess, a superhero, a ninja turtle, for example). And while these answers can bring a smile to our faces, the concerns for the careers of our future generation are no laughing matter.

When it’s time for our children to enter the workforce, some of today’s jobs may not be around or available. So what does this mean? Which jobs are here to stay? Which ones are on their way out? And how will this affect our kids?

Rather than asking our children what they want to be, we should be asking our kids what they want to do.

“The reality is that there will be many new types of jobs and careers in the coming years,” small business author Andrew Griffiths tells PakMag. “They might not make sense to parents, or seem like ‘real’ careers, but nothing should be dismissed.

Times, they are a changing. And we cannot hide from the fact that technology is playing a massive role in many aspects of society, including the job market. As much as we hate to rely on technology, it is part of the plan of the future and it’s important our kids are technologically advanced and aware.

“Video game skills are now considered an asset for some new jobs. So all those years of nagging the kids to stop playing video games was probably not right,” Andrew explains.

According to the Foundation for Young Australians, 44 per cent of jobs will be automated in the next 10 years. An incredible 60 per cent of current Australian students are training for jobs that may not even exist in the future.

Of course, the good thing about these incredible technological advancements is that we will be creating countless new positions, some that may not have even been imagined yet.

These will be the jobs that our children (and our grandchildren) will get to fill. And the even better news is that these new possibilities not only look promising, but diverse, dynamic and destined to make our future more sustainable and safe.

Changes in Technology and Careers

So what’s causing our career transition?

  • The Rise of the Driverless Car- Sure, you might still be getting used to the idea of Uber but driverless cars are actually a thing, and something that pretty much every transportation company in the world are working on. Between now and 2030, driverless cars will most certainly be on the road meaning our transportation industry may be taking a back seat. Careers that could suffer from this technological advancement include taxi and limo drivers, delivery and mail carriers, traffic police, meter maids and more. Of course, there will be plenty of new careers in this industry, from engineers to mechanics, from marketing experts to design specialists.
  • The Reliance on Flying Drones – Flying drones are already lifting the possibilities in a number of different industries. Flying drones may also take over a number of careers in the delivery, agricultural, surveying and monitoring industries. For example, drones may be used to spray and water farms, to herd sheep, to survey land, to deliver pizza and even to put out fires in remote locations. However, we will always need people to monitor, maintain, service and market these drones.
  • Going Robotic – Robots and Automated Machines – Robots are already taking over the manufacturing industry and it is expected that this trend will continue. Retail careers may be the first to go as more companies turn to online and self-scanners and check-outs become the norm. Customer service jobs, including data entry roles, are also down due to outsourcing as well as automation.

What industries are here to stay?

For our generation, industries that require hands-on involvement are not going anywhere just yet. One day we may have robots that can deliver babies or fix our leaking faucets but we’re still relying on our next generation to keep this personalised hands-on touch.

  • Our society will still need doctors and dentists (unless, of course, someone makes a real life BayMax) as well as qualified tradespeople, hairdressers and teachers.
  • Digital technology won’t be going anywhere either. And while we’ve already seen the decline in many print-related careers, there will be plenty of digital careers available.
  • Environmental careers are expected to have a massive spike, especially in terms of clean energy and careers that focus on sustainability for the future.
  • Other industries that are expected to prosper include advertising, marketing, aged care, health care, finance and education.

Jobs of Tomorrow

Some of the jobs with the highest expected growth rate, according to Career Cast, include:

  • Statisticians (34 per cent growth outlook)
  • Financial Planners (30 per cent growth outlook)
  • Interpreters/Translators (29 per cent growth outlook)
  • Market Research Analysts (19 per cent growth outlook)
  • Information Security Analysts (18 per cent growth outlook).

Andrew Griffiths predicts our future generation will be blessed with some of these job titles:

  • Telesurgeon
  • Garbage Redesigner
  • Simplicity Expert
  • Crowd Funding Expert
  • Rewilder
  • Gamification Designer
  • End Of Life Designer
  • Healthcare Navigator
  • Disruption Advisor
  • Industry Dismantlers
  • Big Data Doctor
  • Productivity Counsellors
  • Robotic Counsellors
  • Opportunity Spotters
  • Idea Brokers
  • Baby Psychologists
  • Pet Companions
  • Drone Pilots
  • Senior Everything
  • Nano Medics

And don’t worry, if you read these careers and are unsure of what half of them even entail, you’re not alone. Let’s just hope our children will know!

“If there was one skill I would be teaching my children it would be adaptability,” says Andrew. “Be flexible, learn to embrace uncertainty and always be looking ahead at what is changing in the world and the opportunities this will create”.

There will be plenty of untapped ideas and resources out there. And while we may not be prepared to tap into these solutions, our children will be. Our kids will be the ones to find the missing links, to discover the solutions and to fill the gaps accordingly.

After all, never before have children been more educated, more aware and more technology-conscious than our kids. And it is this forward-thinking that will lead to the next generation of job growth.