The number one job site, Indeed, has looked at available jobs and the skills most in demand amongst their 200 million unique visitors per month, to suggest the best choices to protect your future career prospects.
It appears that the most secure roles are where human interaction is essential – particularly in managing or developing people, or where decision-making, strategic planning or creativity is key.
Chef – Going out and trying new foods is ever popular, and indicates that any chef has a long term future. Automation can take on some duties, but cannot replicate the skill of a chef. Chefs remain in demand, with many roles being advertised for long periods on the Indeed website.
Marketing, communications, and design – Automation can repeat a process, but it cannot, yet, come up with new ideas. Being creative is individual, and therefore potentially more resilient. Those in design roles, or working with ideas, images and the written word are not yet able to be replaced by a machine.
Healthcare professionals – Healthcare needs the human touch – with nursing requiring good interpersonal and communication skills. The care sector, particularly home care nursing roles, are amongst the hardest to fill, and are in strong demand. It is certainly a role which is unlikely to be taken over by a machine for some considerable time!
Education and training – Although education has seen a rise in online teaching, there is still a need for one-to-one human involvement. Teachers are always in demand, with vacancies rising by 5% over the last two years, according to Indeed.
Cyber security – Along with automation increasing, so has cyber crime, so it is no surprise that cyber security expertise is in demand. The UK currently has the third highest number of cyber security roles in the world being advertised, with an 18% jump in postings on the Indeed website over the past 18 months.
Human resources – Yes, human resources still involves humans. The skill of being able to read people and the soft skills of handling people are still highly prized. Although some of the hiring process has become automated, with screening of CVs and data, there is still the need for the human touch.
Delivery/logistics management – Delivery drones may be on the cards in the future, but receiving deliveries still needs management and human interaction at various stages. Delivery drivers are in demand, with many being advertised for long periods.
Data scientist – Analysing data is a growing market, with a 54% rise in the sector for the UK over the last year alone. Coding and algorithms can detect patterns, but with so much data being collected automatically, there is still a need to be able to analyse the data to be able to find the hidden messages within.
Gig-worker – Zero-hours, short-term and freelance contracts have been consistently increasing, with employees needing to be flexible to fit in to employers needs. Whilst it doesn’t suit everyone, and there are ethical debates about this type of employment, there has been a continued rise in people wanting more flexible opportunities.
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