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