Which jobs will be in demand in five years
A variety of jobs will become obsolete in the future, thanks to increasing levels of automation across many industries. The job market is changing rapidly as a result. A recent study, conducted by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte, found that almost half of current jobs will be at risk of computerisation over the next two decades.
Writing for Business Insider, Lindsay Dodgson notes:
“A recent study showed that millennials in general choose professions that are more “future-proof,” and less likely to be taken over by machines, but that still leaves many unsure of whether a robot will steal their job or not.”
People vs. technology
It isn’t just manufacturing jobs most at risk of automation. Artificial intelligence is increasingly capable of handling more and more jobs, from bookkeeping to insurance claims. It raises the question – are any jobs safe from the “Automation Apocalypse”? CCSS Principal, Stuart Nicholson writes in his blog ‘The Robots are Coming’ that they (robots) could even be teaching students in future schools, “They’ve made our material possessions cheaper, more reliable and better quality, and they are beginning to make inroads into other practical areas of life, like surgery, where their nimble, nanometre-precise movements are even better than the best of human touch. But they don’t do the empathy very well, and touchy-feely understanding is hardly what they are in the market for, and we aren’t going to trust them with our kids, are we? Daleks in the classroom, no thank you.”
We can’t predict the future, but we can look at trends and Labour Market Information (LMI) to try to determine which jobs will be in demand in the years to come.
Top 6-Degree choices for the future
Engineering – Engineering is always in demand, and gaining an Engineering degree can lead to interdisciplinary careers. There are many different engineering degrees and therefore future careers to choose from, including Mechanical, Biometric, Civil, Chemical and Electrical Engineering.
Computer Science – We live in a digital age, so there is global demand for computer science specialists. Most universities provide degrees in computer science, with various specialisations. The popular Master’s degrees are Video Games & Multimedia, IT Security, Business Information Systems and Data Science. These degrees offer many career opportunities to graduates such as: software developer, network engineer, web designer, database manager and game tester.
Law – There are a variety of disciplines to choose from in law. For example, Criminal Law comprises the preventing, and defending society from, actions such as murder and robbery. There is also International Law, including the mediating and settling disputes between organisations. If you gain a Master’s Degree in Law, you could become a lawyer, judge or legal counsellor. There will always be high demand for law based degrees.
Business – A degree in business and management will allow you to move into finance sectors such as accountancy and financial inspection. With International Business you will be able to join global corporations. Public Administration will allow you to become a manager or local counsellor.
Social Sciences – Disciplines linked to Social Sciences include International Relations, Economics, Political Science and International Communications. These degrees can lead to careers in financial journalism, teaching, business and consultancy.
Medicine – As the population lives longer, there will be more demand for healthcare professionals such as doctors, GP’s and surgeons, as well as dentists and pharmacists. Degrees in this area include Biomedical Science, Medicine and Surgery and Dental Surgery.