While no one knows exactly what the future holds, there’s a clear pattern emerging when it comes to the world of digital.
Thanks to the fourth Industrial Revolution’s fusion of technology, causing rapid change and broad impacts on manufacturing and supply chain efficiency, the job market has never been more in flux.
While this is a hugely exciting time, it also brings with it a level of uncertainty as people wonder which jobs will soon become obsolete and which skills they may need to learn.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) identified in its 2016 The Future of Jobs report that “65% of children entering primary school today will end up working in new jobs that do not yet exist”.
In a 2014 speech at The American Enterprise Institute Bill Gates predicted that within just 20 years, many current jobs will be replaced by software automation.
In a climate where demand for highly skilled workers has increased, and demand for workers with less education and lower skills has decreased, digital is a sector whose workforce is estimated to double in size in the next five years.
According to the government’s 2015 report, Sector Insights: Skills and Performance Challenges in the Digital and Creative Sector, “technological trends will call for individuals with specialised knowledge in cyber security, mobile and cloud computing, big data, and social media”. And, by 2020, it is anticipated that there will be around “56,000 gross job opportunities per annum in ‘big data’”.
WEF supports this and predicts that new roles will emerge through breakthroughs in fields such as “artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing”.
A shift in recruitment methods is also anticipated with the government calling for “more proactive human resources functions to meet the pressing need to recruit large numbers of new workers, particularly to digital roles, and to encourage greater workforce diversity”.
How to prepare for a digital job of the future
Being agile and creative, while keeping abreast of the latest digital trends and in-demand skills, is great preparation for digital jobs of the future.
Working with a digital recruitment specialist can also help as they’ll be able to find jobs and opportunities that are suited to a candidates’ current skillset.
With their extensive knowledge of the digital industry, a specialist recruiter will be able to advise on what a candidate must do to diversify while helping secure their next role.
If you’d like to see what future opportunities a career in digital holds, contact Digital People today.