Jobs that will start to vanish by 2025

Jobs that will start to vanish
Jan 29 2021
Jobs that will start to vanish

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:

Financial Services

 Accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll clerks

Accountants and auditors

Financial analysts

Bank tellers and related clerks

Public Services

Postal service clerks

Data entry clerks

Industrial Jobs

General and operations managers

Mechanics and machinery repairers

Material recording and stock-keeping clerks

Assembly and factory workers

Construction laborers

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

Relationship managers

Human resources specialists

Training and development specialists

Door to door salesmen, newspapers, and street vendors

Jobs to increase in demand by 2025

  • Data analytics and scientists
  • Ai and Machines learning specialists
  • Big Data specialists
  • Digital marketing and strategy specialists
  • Process automation specialists
  • Business development professionals
  • Digital transformation specialists
  • Information security analysts
  • Software applications developers
  • Internet of things specialists
  • Project managers
  • Business services and administration managers
  • Database and network professionals
  • Robotics Engineers
  • Strategic advisors
  • Management and organization analysts
  • FinTech Engineers
  • Mechanics and machinery repairers
  • Organizational development specialists
  • Risk management specialists

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.

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Active learning and learning strategies
  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Creativity, originalist and initiative
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Technology use, monitoring, and control
  • Technology design and programming
  • Resilience, stress tolerance, and flexibility
  • Reasoning, problem-solving, and ideation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Troubleshooting and user experience
  • Service orientation
  • Systems analysis and evaluation
  • Persuasion and negotiation

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