Jobs Will Be Very Different In 10 Years

from Reimagining The Future

As many focus on the future of work, various different perspectives are presented. A common theme is emerging: Jobs will be there, but they will be very different within the next decade. This recent Article draws three conclusions:

    • In 10 years time, 50% of jobs will be changed by automation – but only 5% eliminated.
    • 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills.
    • Young, low-skilled and vulnerable people – all need help with up-skilling.

Several critical points are made by the World Economic Forum article:

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65 Responses to Jobs Will Be Very Different In 10 Years

  1. Shivan Parekh February 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    Technology has advanced tremendously throughout the years and affects the way we live our lives today. Many individuals are not able to go without looking at a screen for more than an hour. This changes the way we interact with others and how we work. An important concept that this article mentions, is the atmosphere of jobs in the future. Job automation will affect many companies and individuals with the advancement of new technology. The article states many interesting predictions about what the future will hold for the business world. In the future, many jobs will be taken over with technology. This can cause many issues in the workforce due to the fact that older generations might not be able to fulfill the needed skills. An issue that the article mentions is the advancement in technology and the lack of skills many individuals will not be able to succeed in. The author states that many students who started school in 2016, will go on to have a job that doesn’t yet exist. This prediction is quite interesting to think about because it shows the drastic change that will happen to technology over the years. An important issue that the author states is the preparations for the upcoming employees to the workplace. The required skills and advancement of technology will make it harder for many individuals to learn the basics of operations. An issue that can arise from the advancement of technology, is the lack of human personals required in the job field. With new machines and robots being built, there will be a lack of available jobs for individuals. This article gives you a perspective on what the future will hold and the upcoming skills that an individual may need to pursue in order to succeed because of the change in technology. It’s crazy to think about how much technology has changed over the years and how many can’t go without looking at their phones for more than five minutes. With the invention of new computers, phones, and electric cars, technology has taken over our lives in a positive and negative way. The change in technology has been affecting our lives drastically throughout the years. This change has caused many individuals to learn new skills and machinery in the workplace.

  2. Shivani Parekh February 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    Technology has advanced tremendously throughout the years and affects the way we live our lives today. Many individuals are not able to go without looking at a screen for more than an hour. This changes the way we interact with others and how we work. An important concept that this article mentions, is the atmosphere of jobs in the future. Job automation will affect many companies and individuals with the advancement of new technology. The article states many interesting predictions about what the future will hold for the business world. In the future, many jobs will be taken over with technology. This can cause many issues in the workforce due to the fact that older generations might not be able to fulfill the needed skills. An issue that the article mentions is the advancement in technology and the lack of skills many individuals will not be able to succeed in. The author states that many students who started school in 2016, will go on to have a job that doesn’t yet exist. This prediction is quite interesting to think about because it shows the drastic change that will happen to technology over the years. An important issue that the author states is the preparations for the upcoming employees to the workplace. The required skills and advancement of technology will make it harder for many individuals to learn the basics of operations. An issue that can arise from the advancement of technology, is the lack of human personals required in the job field. With new machines and robots being built, there will be a lack of available jobs for individuals. This article gives you a perspective on what the future will hold and the upcoming skills that an individual may need to pursue in order to succeed because of the change in technology. It’s crazy to think about how much technology has changed over the years and how many can’t go without looking at their phones for more than five minutes. With the invention of new computers, phones, and electric cars, technology has taken over our lives in a positive and negative way. The change in technology has been affecting our lives drastically throughout the years. This change has caused many individuals to learn new skills and machinery in the workplace.

  3. John Devereux February 14, 2020 at 5:28 pm #

    Unemployment has been a major factor in the United States economy and different countries worldwide. With modern day technology on the rise, new jobs are going to be focused more digitally than verbally. New technology with computers has been able to have meetings and interviews face to face from hundreds or thousands of miles apart. This kind of technology has helped thousands of companies save a large capita of their revenue. Also, new technology allows employees to see what goals companies are trying to achieve easier.

    Although new modern-day technology in the workplace could take a toll on the older generation. The article stated, “Many interesting predictions about what the future will hold for the business world. In the future, many jobs will be taken over with technology. This can cause many issues in the workforce due to the fact that older generations might not be able to fulfill the needed skills.” With this new technology, the younger generation is being flooded with knowledge about technology. New technology is allowing employees to get more work done faster as well. Rather than learn how to do formulas manually, they have systems where all they need is the numbers. The younger and older generation are very spread out from their strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. The article discussed how the 1.2 billion employees worldwide will be affected by the adaptation of automation technologies. This statistic equals 50% of the world’s economy and will hurt the United States employees by an estimated $14.6 trillion in wages. These numbers are proof of how the older generation of employees are in trouble. Why should companies keep higher paid veteran employees that don’t have some of the qualifications with technology that younger employees have, and will willingly take a cheaper pay roll. In the next ten years, the older generation needs to make the same shift the younger generation is making with technology so the United States doesn’t begin to have an epidemic in unemployment rates for the older generation of the Nation’s workers. If this “shift” doesn’t start now, companies are going to take advantage of newer technology that young workers know how to use over others.

  4. Michael Jinks February 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm #

    This article is very intriguing because, as someone who is entering the work force, it is important to know how the workforce is changing in the future. There are some important numbers brought up in this article. For example, $14.6 trillion of wages will be lost due to AI and other changing technologies. Also, it is estimated that two thirds of children who started school in 2016 are going to have jobs that do not exist yet. Seventy five million jobs will be lost due to changing technology but one hundred thirty three million jobs will be created due to changing technology. While many jobs are going to be lost due to AI, many more jobs will be created due to new technology. This is going to be an issue for older workers because it will be harder to learn new skills. However, this is an exciting opportunity for younger people because they can be leading the way of new jobs in the workforce.
    There is going to be less of a demand for office support positions and machine operators but new technology is a good thing. New technologies will allow for companies to save time on salaries of positions no longer needed due to new technology. Also, a computer can do work faster and more accurate than a human can so this is going to help companies in the long run. With new technology, younger workers are going need to adapt to this and learn how to operate the new technology to make themselves valuable to a company. However, with all this new technology there are still going to be drawbacks that are important to address. Companies like Google and Facebook have basically done what they wanted with new technology and it is finally being brought to light now with the Google antitrust probe. It is important to monitor who has control of this new technology and it is important to make sure they are using it in a way that helps society as a whole.

  5. Joe C. February 14, 2020 at 7:29 pm #

    “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” – Benjamin Disraeli. This is possibly the most accurate quote I have ever read. Since the dawn of time change has been a consistent factor in all aspects of life. This is important to realize because if we do not change, we will be left behind. Employees are the lungs of businesses, without them, the business will suffer. Does an individual run a 10k without preparing for it? No. The individual needs to train and prepare their lungs for the race. Businesses need to do the same with their employees to prepare for what is coming.
    The post “Jobs will be very different in 10 years” shows statistics regarding how current jobs will change in the years coming. With the growth of technology moving at a rapid rate, it is easy to imagine the change that is coming. Due to this growth of technology, it will replace many jobs across all job markets. Businesses usually only care about 1 thing, profit. If technology can replace an individual’s job and allows a company to save money with this replacement, then the replacement is sure to happen. How can businesses prepare for this change coming and keep their employees? The answer is simple, they should start investing in their employees and focus on computer literacy. This will encourage in-house promotion and job security for employees of all levels in a business.

  6. Mayra Felix February 14, 2020 at 7:36 pm #

    The future can be a scary but very intriguing thing to think about. It is crazy to think about AI taking over many jobs within 10 years from now. AI is the abbreviation for artificial intelligence which are machines that simulate human abilities such as vision, communication and recognition. According to the article, 10 years from now 50% of jobs will be changed by automation. Also, 10 years from now 1.2 million employees will be affected by the adaptation of AI and automation technology. These facts made think of what I learned today in my CIS 385 class that took in the afternoon.
    In class today, we were going over information systems and some of the slides mention AI and automation technology. My professor explained the same facts that were mentioned in the article. But he also mentioned that even though AI will affect many people to lose jobs, it will also create new jobs. My professor explained that technology isn’t always reliable, that we would need experts to fix and understand AI technology. This was also mentioned in the article, that the future would see a shift in demand for technology professionals such as computer engineers and information communication technology. But having AI does have it’s benefits and will change the workforce. For example, an AI machine can work 24 hours and 365 days which means no breaks, no time off for holidays and no scheduling issues. This means that many companies will spend less money in hiring, training and paying employees in the future.

  7. Matt N February 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm #

    As someone who grew up with the advanced technology we see and use everyday today, it is important to realize how important these technological uses can impact the workplace. When I read the title of this article, I couldn’t help but agree with the statement. Although it will be an easier transition for the younger generation, the older generation workers will have a tougher time because they have adapted to the current technological use which is more efficient to them at this time. In the article it says that “In 10 years time, 50% of jobs will be changed by automation – but only 5% eliminated.” I would agree with this statistic because even in our everyday lives, technology is changing faster than we can sometimes catch up. Also mentioned in the article was “9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills.” Again, this makes sense because we rely more on the technology on our phones, computers, tablets and more. Being in the social media generation helps as well. At this moment in time, I think Internet exposure is essential to the way how jobs will be different within the next decade.

    Although there is many good things to come with new and advanced technology, there will be occasionally some negatives. More in person assistance like IT will be out of function in years to come in my opinion due to the fact we can communicate in various ways now. The new technology will have a negative effect on job opening across the economic spectrum. Instead of a quick server when walking into some fast food restaurant, we will be greeted with computerized check out options for a faster transaction. However, that is not to say that there will be ways how new AI will ultimately create new jobs as well. Like mentioned before, since the younger generation is more into the current state of technology, it will be easier for them to transition this experience into the work place. There are a lot of positives and negatives that I can think of that will ultimately say how technology will alter our lives now and in the future. In reality, it is time to let technology run its course.

  8. Angel S. February 14, 2020 at 10:55 pm #

    The world is evolving everyday, and technology is ruling the changes that are occurring. With that in mind, the market of job opportunities is changing and jobs that are evolving, eliminating jobs that are popular in today’s age and creating new ones that require skills that many low-income workers lack. We witness today that everyone’s lifestyles revolve around technology, from checking emails to replying to text messages. Employers must take the initiative to train their employees to adapt to the future by incorporating more technology in their workplaces. In addition, society has to discuss the problems that will come from innovation and automation. Automation will help productivity and create life easier for some people, but will eliminate the jobs of many if they do not adapt to this change. Luckily for the youth of this world, the amount of jobs that will be created exceeds the number of jobs lost, so their future is bright if they can adapt to these changes.
    One change that must happen for people to adapt to the changes occurring in society is getting more involved with the changes of technology. For example, schools and colleges must provide students with the incoming changes and suggest fields of work that they would be interested in that will be a field of work in the future. In addition, society must help all of their population stay in touch with these changes. I would like to focus on the sector of prisons. Many times, people are locked away in order to learn to become better citizens for crimes that they have committed. How does one expect them to adapt to society if they have never used new cell phones and computers? Applications for jobs are all digital, so governments must teach the basics of using technology to everyone and inform them of the changes of society. From their, citizens can decide for themselves what and how to handle the changes of technology and how to adapt to changes of the working fields.

  9. Pablo G. February 15, 2020 at 10:49 pm #

    I found this article very interesting because how jobs are going to change in 10 years is going to affect me and my generation. Nowadays, we are heading into a process of digital transformation of the Industry, where jobs are complex, specialized, collaborative and are constantly evolving. The new technologies are transforming every industry and raising the need to include new specialized profiles in big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT or blockchain, among other areas. The future relationship between men and machines implies understanding new systems, tools and processes.

    In my opinion, one of the most demanded jobs will be a data detective which consists on identifying the secrets contained in the data. In the future, a creative and talented person in charge of investigating the mysteries of Big Data will be necessary. Candidates must be curious, flexible and diplomatic and have knowledge in legal matters, such as lawyer or legal assistant, studies in data science, mathematics, philosophy or economics. Another job that will very demanded will be a personal memory curator. This specific job is one of the most interesting jobs because it will deal with patients to create virtual environments from their memories through virtual reality. The ideal candidate should show a high degree of emotional intelligence and narrative ability.

    We will also have some different characteristics that will surely define the jobs within a decade. First, to be accessible will be more important than being present in your office. That will allow companies to have the right people connected to do the necessary work. If you cannot connect employees in the distance in a way that is productive for the company, then take them to the office. There is a lot of technology to do a distance job, but, sometimes you need to bring people face to face so that creativity and innovation flows.

    I also think that most of the businesses will be start-ups because the jobs of the future will work without a clear management structure, with short-term management plans and high expectations. This class of organizations will need to be managed with the same combination of guidance and flexibility that business angels use in current start-ups. In addition, the work space in 10 years will be multicultural. Success will be achieved by companies with leaders who know how to take advantage of this diverse talent. Furthermore, another very important thing will be communication without intermediaries since the next decade no one will communicate with their superiors following the hierarchical scale unless it is absolutely necessary. Instead, the message will reach the recipient directly or be communicated to everyone. There will be many technologies that will enable it on any platform. Finally, social networks will no longer be so important. The information will be distributed through any channel naturally. What organizations will do is set the limits, while promoting social networking and other new forms of collaboration.

  10. Alicia Weismann February 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

    I find this article to be very interesting. Personally, I think the changing careers are both a positive and negative thing. Positive because it opens up a lot of new types of jobs for those who skillset could thrive. However, I think there are a few negatives with this too. Because of the individuals who hold low-skill jobs like office support and machine operators will lose their job to automation, the working “blue-collar” middle class will fade away. This creates a danger zone allowing only two classes to stay intact, the wealthy and the poor. However, perhaps with “up-skilling” these low-skilled employees, the middle class can stay as is and just create a new type of middle class.
    Along with the changing of jobs and careers will come a change in the education system. Since it was predicted that children who start school in 2016 will acquire jobs that do not yet exist right now, I think the education system’s curriculum will have to adapt to the new workforce. Skills and mindsets that are viewed as necessary now may not be viewed as so in the foreseeable future. It will be interesting to see what jobs may come with the progressing technology.

  11. laura c February 23, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    Change is something that is bound to happen, so reading this title “Jobs will be very different in 10 years” just isn’t that surprising to me. Technology is taking over but that is something that we have all known about and expected, so now that it is actually being proven, why is everyone so shocked? This article written by Frank Diana is a whole bunch of conclusions drawn from some research. Jobs are now evolving for the future generations. Personally, I see nothing wrong with that. When I was growing up I used to play with toys, jump ropes, the little toy kitchens and now children are getting iPads where they play what I played with but virtually. When it comes to my generation, we are pretty quick learners when it comes to technology because while new forms of technology were created, we were growing up with it. For example, the game boy I remember playing Donkey Kong on it, then it was the GameCube, then the game boy evolved into a Nintendo DS, and the GameCube evolved into a PlayStation and so on. My generation grew up on that and each new invention we learned to adapt to it. So now with jobs it would pretty much be the same thing. As long as we go through proper training, I feel like anyone would be ready for the new challenge. This article states that “By 2022, 75 million jobs will probably be displaced… while 133 million new ones will spring up in industries…” Sure, a lot of jobs will be displaced, however, think of all the new opportunities being created. Technology is now being made to make our lives easier, so it will most likely make our jobs easier as well. With the upcoming generations I feel as if they would be up to par with the new technologies being created for the workplace.

  12. Samuel Appah February 28, 2020 at 8:25 pm #

    In the article, “Jobs will be very different in 10 years,” the authpor, Frank Diana, shares his perspective of how our world will change and evolve in this decade. He claims we should expect a high advancement in AI technology. According to Frank, about 50% jobs will be affected during the changes that are going to happen. Many jobs will be eliminated and replaced with AI while new jobs will be created along with these changes. He also claims 90% of these new jobs will require digital skills. This will be reflect both positve and negatively in the economy. However, humans are very adaptive so I think this change will drive people to perserve more. That is going to be the way the world operates. I think if such changes were to happen, we could see a higher rate in technology advancement. This change will surely not be easy considering the amount of people that will be affected. Especially, the older generation who will have to re-develop skills that might feel a bit late for their time. I think its going to be a challenging period; however, its something that can be overcomed.

  13. Natasha DeSandre March 30, 2020 at 10:11 pm #

    The job industry is changing through the advancements of technology. In 10 years, researchers say that 50% of jobs will be automated. The transportation and energy industries will be at a higher risk of automation according to the article. With the increase in automation, employees will need to learn digital skills in order to be a valuable employee to any business. However in the end, all industries at some point in time will be affected by automation.
    With the recent COVID-19 virus taking its toll across the world, businesses are relying on technology more than ever. Employees are expected to either work from home through using technology or are unfortunately being laid off. Some businesses may use the self-quarantine time to focus more on ways to use technology rather than employees to complete daily tasks. Although many businesses are shut down at the moment, in the future these businesses may look for ways to cut costs, turning to technology as a cheaper alternative in the long run rather than paying an employee’s salary and benefits. At the end of the day, businesses are looking out for their own health and employees’ health. Through using technology or turning to automation earlier than the 10 year prediction, businesses are able to stay open during the COVID-19 epidemic.

  14. Yifeng Liu April 1, 2020 at 5:40 pm #

    The article demonstrates the fact that the world is really changing fast. It for instance state that 50% of the current jobs, which equal to 1.2 billion employees, will be altered by technology in a span of only ten years. The impact too will affect 50% of the world economy. This shows how big the magnitude of this expected change will be. People in employment, or those wishing to join employment have no choice but to adapt to this changing environment, and getting some digital skills is the main way to adapt. This is because as the author state, 90% of the jobs will require digital skills. It also means that the education system will have to change and adopt new approach, one that will be tailored towards equipping these future workers with digital skills so that they can fit into the employment field where most of the jobs require these skills.

    Another interesting observation from this article is the fact that contrary to many fears that people have that automation and adoption of new technology in the workplaces will lead to massive loss of jobs, the article state that only 5% of the jobs will be lost. This gives an assurance to many people who view adoption of new technology such as automation in the work places as a way to completely do away with them that it may not necessarily be the case. Additionally, the new technology means bringing on board a new industry that will also require employees. It will also bring in other new fields of work such as enhance the gig economy, and thus have many more people absorbed into those new industries. From my view, adoption of new technology will have big overall benefits to the society, starting from enhancing efficiency in the workplace, and creating new industries that will increase employment opportunities.

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