It’s easy to look at the constantly changing technology of our society and worry that human workers will be obsolete in the near future. Many people look at these changes and imagine a grim future where people are relegated to unemployment or meaningless work thanks to things like driverless cars and artificial intelligence.
But the future of work is brighter than these fears. The reality is that many jobs we recognize today will still be in demand by 2030 and beyond. However, the job you have now may require different skills for success in the future.
A new study conducted by Pearson, the Oxford Martin School and Nesta shows the necessary job skills of the future will have an emphasis on cognitive and interpersonal skills, like fluency of ideas, originality, social perceptiveness and complex problem solving.
The future of work isn’t going to be human versus machine, but rather human and machine. As a workforce, we’ll have to find ways to blend human and machine capabilities.
Knowledge areas such as English language, psychology and the humanities all figure strongly in occupations associated with an increase in workforce demand. STEM areas such as physics, biology and chemistry are also expected to see future demand, but are farther down the ladder from the humanities and social sciences. This means that the jobs expected to be most in demand in the future and safe from robot replacement will likely be in disciplines such as the fields below.
This comprehensive research project aimed to better forecast how major societal and economic trends—and the interactions between them—will impact the future of work.
What we found is that just one in five workers today are in occupations likely to decline, compared to other predictions claiming 40-60% workers are in fields on the decline. In fact, 10% of workers are actually likely to experience increasing demand for their job.
That said, while certain jobs will be more susceptible for decline, we know almost all occupations will change in some way. Educators can seize the moment by changing how what we teach and workers can determine their own destiny by adopting lifelong learning skills. Learn more by reading the full report.