Thanks to the adoption of various technologies, particularly AI and automation, we are geared towards huge jobs and skills override over the coming years.
The World Economic Forum runs all-embracing research across the changing job requirements and skills demands of employers in order to determine where some of the major shifts will be.
In 2018, this research concluded with a bold prediction that they repeated again in 2020: that is that by 2025 “the average estimated hours spent by humans and machines on the job will be on parity based on present day’s tasks.”
In 2020, they predict that 85 million jobs may be overridden by massive shifts in how labor is divided between humans and machines by 2025.
But it’s not as pessimistic as it seems.
They also predict that 97 million new roles may rise across the 15 industries and 26 economies it’s surveyed.
Meanwhile, it’s not all about tech roles replacing non-tech roles. In fact, some of the most in-demand positions of the future will be people and care centric: nursing, teaching, aged care, etc.
Which fields of work will experience a ‘decrease” in demand?
Before we get there, it’s important to note that this isn’t an abrupt overnight shift.
It will happen as companies start to experiment with machines in service-based roles, as well as AI and automation taking on some of the computerized tasks that humans were previously doing.
While in some cases roles don’t have any place anymore, in other cases technology delivers openings for roles to be moved into fresh areas and or to create new management, strategy, and oversight positions.
Another point to note on the roles that are ‘decreasing’ is that in some ways they are parallel and relate to roles that are ‘increasing’.
Also, there are opportunities for staff to be transitioned into other areas, taking the skills and experiences they have developed previously, as well as to move into huge growth industries.
Not vanishing, just changing
While the majority of work will be done by machines, a human element can’t have vanished completely. Ex postal delivery system will require human involvement to some extent. The same is with HR managers and training specialists as these new technologies will require learning and adapting to them.
Jobs to decrease in demand by 2025
These are the roles that will be a decrease in demand, according to the Future of Jobs Survey 2020, World Economic Forum:
Accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll clerks
Accountants and auditors
Bank tellers and related clerks
Postal service clerks
Data entry clerks
General and operations managers
Mechanics and machinery repairers
Material recording and stock-keeping clerks
Assembly and factory workers
Sales representatives, wholesale and man, tech and sci products business
Administrative and executive secretaries
Business services and administration managers
Client information and customer service workers
Human resources specialists
Training and development specialists
Door to door salesmen, newspapers, and street vendors
Jobs to increase in demand by 2025
WEF’s top 15 skills for 2025
The thing to be noted here is that it’s not all about software, cybersecurity, and technology. Rather, it’s about creativity, problem-solving, analytical thinking, and innovation.