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Top 20 Jobs That Will See Higher Demand Post Pandemic, Automation

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If automation wasn't already a threat to existing jobs, the COVID-19 outbreak accelerated the decline in demand for certain front-end jobs.

In its the "Future of Jobs Report 2020", the World Economic Forum studied the effects of pandemic related disruptions and highlighted the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in the next five years.

Top 20 Jobs That Will See Higher Demand Post Pandemic, Automation
 

The report aggregates the views of chief executives, chief strategy officers and chief human resources officers in 15 industry sectors and 26 advanced and emerging countries.

"The adoption of cloud computing, big data and e-commerce remain high priorities for business leaders, following a trend established in previous years. However, there has also been a significant rise in interest for encryption, non-humanoid robots and artificial intelligence," the WEF report said.

Automation and COVID-19: The Double Whammy

Automation amid COVID-19 induced recession has destroyed work opportunities for many. Apart from the economic contraction caused by the pandemic, technological adoption by companies will transform tasks, jobs and skills by 2025, according to the "Future of Jobs Report 2020."

43 percent of businesses surveyed said they are set to reduce their workforce due to technology integration, 41 percent plan to expand their use of contractors for task-specialized work, and 34 percent plan to expand their workforce due to technology integration.

By 2025, the time spent on current tasks at work by humans and machines will be equal. Changes will also be made to locations, value chains and size of the workforce due to factors beyond technology.

Number of jobs created to be larger than jobs lost

As per WEF's survey, by 2025, increasingly redundant roles will decline from being 15.4 percent of the workforce to 9 percent (6.4 percent decline), and emerging professions will grow from 7.8 percent to 13.5 percent (5.7 percent growth) of the total employee base of company respondents.

 

WEF estimates that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines, while 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms.

Top 20 Jobs to see an increase in demand

  1. Data Analysts and Scientists
  2. AI and Machine Learning Specialists
  3. Big Data Specialists
  4. Digital Marketing and Strategy Specialists
  5. Process Automation Specialists
  6. Business Development Professionals
  7. Digital Transformation Specialists
  8. Information Security Analysts
  9. Software and Applications Developers
  10. Internet of Things Specialists
  11. Project Managers
  12. Business Services and Administration Managers
  13. Database and Network Professionals
  14. Robotics Engineers
  15. Strategic Advisors
  16. Management and Organization Analysts
  17. FinTech Engineers
  18. Mechanics and Machinery Repairers
  19. Organizational Development Specialists
  20. Risk Management Specialists

Top 20 Jobs to see a decrease in demand

  1. Data Entry Clerks
  2. Administrative and Executive Secretaries
  3. Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll Clerks
  4. Accoutants and Auditors
  5. Assembly and Factory Workers
  6. Business Services and Administration Managers
  7. Client Information and Customer Service Workers
  8. General and Operations Managers
  9. Mechanics and Machinery Repairers
  10. Material Recording and Bookkeeping Clerks
  11. Financial Analysts
  12. Postal Service Clerks
  13. Sales Rep., Wholesale and Manuf., Tech and Sci. Products
  14. Relationship Managers
  15. Bank Tellers and Related Clerks
  16. Door-to-Door Sales, News and Street Vendors
  17. Electronics and Telecoms Installers and Repairers
  18. Human Resources Specialists
  19. Training and Development Specialists
  20. Construction Labourers

Top skills and skill groups to rise by 2025

Skill groups

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-management skills like active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
  • Working with people
  • Management and communication of activities
  • Technology use and development
  • Core literacies
  • Physical abilities

Top 15 skills for 2025

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation
  2. Active learning and learning strategies
  3. Complex problem solving
  4. Critical thinking and analysis
  5. Creativity, originality and initiative
  6. Leadership and social influence
  7. Technology use, monitoring and control
  8. Technology design and programming
  9. Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
  10. Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation
  11. Emotional intelligence
  12. Troubleshooting and user experience
  13. Service orientation
  14. System analysis and evaluation
  15. Persuasion and negotiation
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