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What jobs will be in demand in the future?


Technology, a growing population and a more accessible world mean that the job market is changing at an ever faster rate.

In fact a recent study by researchers by Oxford University and Deloitte found that about 35% of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation during the next 20 years.

So if you're at school and making choices about your future, how can you know the right path to follow? We can't predict the future, but we can look at trends and something called Labour Market Information to try to understand what the careers of the future are likely to be.

In this post, we've looked at the jobs likely to be in demand that involve working with people and working with computers.

Do you like working with people?

The world's population is growing. Schools are building more classrooms to make room for the number of kids coming into the system. On top of this life expectancy is increasing - by 2037, 1 in 10 people in the UK will be over 75 - meaning healthcare systems across the world will need to keep recruiting to handle these numbers.

Healthcare jobs

The trend of a growing global population with increased life expectancy means that jobs in frontline care are expected to see tremendous growth.

Jobs where assisting and caring for others is a crucial part of the job, such as care workers, social workers, nurses, therapists and psychologists, will continue to need the human element. This means robots are unlikely to provide frontline care anytime in the foreseeable future.

That's not to say that these jobs won't change. New technology, such as mobile devices, clinical software and remote monitoring, is continually evolving meaning you'll need to be willing to learn new things and adapt within the job.

To learn more about these jobs, explore Skills for Care - Think Care Careers, NHS Careers - Nursing Careers and Royal College of Nursing.

Teaching jobs

Trends suggest that as the world's population continues to grow, demand for teachers will only increase. While methods of teaching will change - electronic blackboards, teaching with iPads, virtual teaching - the need for teachers who will inspire and encourage the next generation will continue.

To learn more about teaching jobs, explore Department for Education and TES - How to become a teacher.

Do you like working with computers?

Technology is changing the world we live in. Statistics show that 1.3 billion people will be working virtually by the end of 2015. Those helping to build and maintain this world are in demand.

Roles requiring you to be able to think on your feet while combining creativity, problem solving and an understanding of business needs will hold a significant advantage in the face of automation.

Programmers and Software Developers

Software Developers speak their own language (Java, C#, PHP) and are busy shaping the future world around us. They will be the ones making the products that we will take for granted - from user-worn products that interact with the environment to driverless cars. This means that the future demand for new talent in this type of role is expected to be strong.

IT Business Analyst, System Architects and System Designers

These jobs will become the creators of the digital world. It is expected that these roles will be particularly valued because they bring together problem-solving and communication skills with the technical knowledge needed to propose effective solutions.

To learn more about these jobs explore Creative Skillset, e-Skills - Big Ambition, Institution of Analysts and Programmers and Skills Framework for the Information Age.