We are nearing the dawn of another decade. The advent of 2020 spells out a rapid change in various job markets in terms of demographics, technological advancements, and emerging innovations.
Innovative technologies and automation functionalities are being used on a massive scale, making many jobs in various industries obsolete. Virtually any job that can easily be automated makes human labor unnecessary, which will probably lead to increased use of technology in general very soon.
A report published by the World Economic Forum estimates a loss of over 7.1 million job functions due to automation, which will mostly be clerical, administrative, and white-collar office work. It’s easy to notice that there is less demand for toll booth operators.
Even cashiers are slowly being replaced in more advanced countries like Japan, where various types of vending machines line random stretches and touchscreen self-service kiosks that speed up processing in major fast-food chains like McDonald’s in London. Postal worker jobs are also at a steady decline thanks to the immediacy provided by different social media and messaging platforms.
Media literacy will become more and more essential in the coming years as progressive communication tools like online news outlets and productivity tools like Slack continue to dominate the workplace.
Those armed with extensive knowledge of how the digital landscape works are at a great advantage. Virtually all job fields in the near future will depend heavily on technology, which is slowly taking over the way organizations communicate with their target audience.
Some jobs will never go obsolete
It is important to note that there will always be a need for select roles, including teachers in various levels, lawyers, engineers to continue technological discoveries, health care workers and physicians for different specialties, law enforcers, and food and beverage specialists like chefs and servers, among others.
Those who are in the skilled trade will also find job security in the field, as there will always be practical, tangible problems that can only be solved by certified skilled workers like carpenters, electricians, welders, and other kinds of trade employees.
What the new wave of companies and employers are looking for
The high demand for skilled workers is also due to the fact that many from the younger generations have not been considering careers in skilled trades. Students today opt to take up courses that involve business administration, corporate marketing, and those fashion in technologies since many employers are looking for talents that possess cross-disciplinary expertise.
For example, a great architect with established technical strengths who has a high level of communication skills is seen as a great asset. Workers who possess powerful critical thinking and above-average problem-solving capabilities will also find rewarding careers in analytics and digital interactivity.
Hiring trends at the dawn of the new decade
Online job market boards will continue to be used by Human Resources specialists, according to research by 4imprint. HR professionals will continue using staff recruitment “social media” platforms such as LinkedIn and Recruiter. Job hunters will also benefit from browsing through social media websites like Facebook and Twitter for job post announcements.
One-on-one interviews are still conducted by approximately 80% of companies surveyed according to the same 4imprint study, compared to a lower rate of those who finish interviews over the phone, which is at 60%. Since telecommuting is a rising trend even among more traditional companies, video interviews or calls using platforms like Skype, Google Hangouts/Chat, or Zoom will increase in frequency.
Of all the attributes being evaluated by HR department teams, the cultural fit of a potential hire is considered to have the highest value. Other factors like qualifications, prior job experience, willingness to take on the role, and education are also on the list.
In fact, it has been found that over 60% of hiring companies do evaluate a potential candidate’s educational background, but just over 10% of those participants put a high premium on it. The financial challenges involved with college expenses contribute to more recent employers’ flexibility in terms of educational requirements.
Top industries and jobs in 2020 and the next few years
Maybe you are a young professional wanting to explore career options in the hopes of gaining personal and professional advancement. There will still mostly be an expansion of existing job functions, but newer opportunities can arise with the emergence of new fields, mostly hitched on technological advancements across different industries. Check out some of the biggest job trends in 2020.
1) Jobs in the Tech World
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will continue to transform the digital landscape.
i) Software Engineers, Software Developers, Computer Programmers, and Coders
Some of the most sought-after roles in this realm include computer programmers, software engineers, and software developers who possess in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of data structuring, AI, and automation. Service integration will continue across many industries, increasing the need for high-level tech expertise and advanced coding skills.
ii) Information Security Professionals
There will be a great need for more complex data protection as hackers continue to find new ways to mine and exploit user data. The Information Technology teams of various organizations will continue to expand to be able to provide the level of data protection and overall cybersecurity required due to the rise of new digital threats in the connected world.
2) Healthcare Jobs
Humans are continuing to thrive in the modern world with better healthcare, extending life expectancies. Workers in the healthcare industry will always be on high demand as populations all over the world surge in numbers.
i) Geriatric Healthcare Workers
Since humans have longer life spans thanks to progress in the medical field, it only makes sense that taking care of senior citizens will become one of the future’s most prominent businesses. Senior citizen facilities will be in high demand as the geriatric population soars.
ii) Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists
The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the physical therapy industry would grow by 39% this coming next year.
Hands-on patient care provided by a generation of educated and professionally-trained licensed physical therapists and occupational therapists will be essential with the projected upward growth of the elderly population, which is expected to reach 2.1 billion by 2050.
iii) Healthcare Facility Administrators
Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, satellite clinics, nursing homes, geriatric facilities, and others will all require competent management staff that can handle multiple administrative tasks. Managers, staff assistants, and others who have expertise in insurance policies, logistics, and departmental planning will have steady careers in the field.
Having a career in healthcare facility administration is another way to get into the medical industry—a field that will never be out of fashion.
3) Data Science Roles
With the influx of newer technologies, threats, and trends come an abundance of data that needs to continuously be analyzed for concrete study or reports that can help make people informed decisions.
i) Mathematicians, Statisticians, and Data Analysts
Facts and figures from different sectors and fields like science, art, advertising, marketing, administrative, transportation data, and many more will forever be relevant. The need to collect information, analyze the figures, and interpret them in the form of useful studies will help drive progress in multiple disciplines forward.
4) Careers in the Alternative Energy Sector
The growth of the alternative energy sector could be credited to the fact that people want to gain awareness of ecological threats and help do their part in saving the planet. The adverse effects of using fossil fuels have been long known but are now being exposed to a great deal, driving the trend towards finding alternative energy solutions.
Skilled workers with knowledge on installing alternative energy systems such as solar panels or those that have the necessary qualifications and capabilities to help in manufacturing industry-relevant technologies will have steady, long-term careers in the field of alternative energy.
5) Industrial Design Roles
Roles that require artful and creative expression can never be automated. This is why creativity is still among the priced skills in 2020 and beyond.
i) Commercial and Industrial Product Designers
The need for knowledgeable and creative designers of different consumer products like appliances, automobiles, gadgets, and many other manufactured goods will continue to rise as humans continue to develop new concepts.
6) Sales and Management Careers
i) Specialized Sales Agents
The importance of consistently bringing in new business for brands cannot be emphasized enough. The competition will be fiercer among companies as their numbers increase, which means brands will never stop trying to develop new products and services that they will have to push through various marketing efforts.
This means adding more sales workers equipped with extensive knowledge of their several product lines and offerings.
b) Senior Managers for Various Organizations
Disruptive businesses that are in the media, information, and entertainment industries will require senior managers that possess the right mix of qualifications and skills to help steer the organization towards progressive paths.
Jobs of the future
During the application process, remember that qualifications, work experience, and education matter to employers, just as much a potential hire’s cultural fit within the organization.
While traditional careers in skilled work or medicine such as physicians, or professionals like engineers and architects, will forever be in high demand, building a steady, lucrative career in various other fields like Information Technology, Creatives, and others will involve a particular aptitude—including a mastery of multiple digital tools and media literacy, among others.