Time to Upskill : CSIRO Picks Six Jobs of 2035

Tuesday, Mar 01 2016 10:16 AM

Forecasters predict up to 40 per cent of current jobs will disappear.  So what will the new jobs be in the era of robots?  A CSIRO report released on Friday uses megatrends and scenarios to speculate about six new jobs by 2035.

“The rise of uncrewed vehicles is giving rise to a new workforce of pilots, drivers and ship captains who do their jobs not from the sky, sea or mine site, but from an office in a remote location.” the report says.

Uncrewed vehicles are used heavily in defence but also in agriculture, construction, photography, mining, transport, law enforcement and emergency services.

“The next 20 years are likely to see the jobs of remote-controlled vehicle operators grow in number and diversity of tasks as the military and civilian fleets of aircraft, boats and ground vehicles expand.”

In the future, there will be less need to visit shops or a workplace.  However, the report predicts people will still visit for the experience.  “The ability to hear, touch, feel, smell products and the physical environment and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to have social interaction with other people, are desirable qualities.” the report says.

“If shops, offices, museums, theatres, libraries, city centres and many other public spaces understand and deliver on the all-important experience factor, they’ll continue to grow into the future.”

The current executive ranks “might soon be complemented by the CXO and the CCO; namely the chief experience officer and the chief customer officer.”

Imagine a supermarket of 2035.  The background supply chains have become so efficient that hardly anything is actually bought instore, but is delivered by speedy courier and arrives home before the customer.

The supermarket has not disappeared but become a showroom, with advisers and consultants seated at desks advising coffee-sipping customers about the merits of food, clothing and household products based on their health and lifestyle needs.

As the number of personal fitness trainers rise, these jobs could be replicated in other areas relating to physical and mental health as well as broader lifestyle assistance.

“Whether they are called lifestyle coaches or personal wellbeing managers, these professionals will work with individuals to improve broader mental, physical health and wellbeing.” the report says.

“All Australians vary on the wellbeing scale (languishing to flourishing) to some extent during their lives.  The links between mental health and life-style patterns and events (eg sleep, stress, trauma, substance abuse) are well established.

“As science discovers more about mental health, personal trainers of the future may become focused on helping people to adopt lifestyle patterns conducive to good mental health.”

As the threat of cybercrime increases in the digital age, online chaperones would work for individuals and small businesses to protect and manage their online interests.  Their job would be to manage risk such as identity theft, reputational damage, internet fraud, social media bullying and harassment.  In the United States there are 75,100 “information security analysts”, paid an average of US$86,170 a year, orUS$41.43 an hour.

According to IBM, the world creates an additional 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each year.  As governments and companies turn to vast quantities of data in search of useful information, a new workforce will be needed.

The report says the next decades are likely to lead to more specialisation within the big data analysis profession.  “There are likely to be big data specialists who have skills in machine learning, automation, cyber security, encryption and distributed (cloud based) systems.” it says.

“It is also likely that big data analysts with sectoral domain expertise will emerge in health, transport, urban design, retail and many other sectors.”

Decision support analysts work in different fields, analysing and interpreting information to identify options for organisations about which ones to implement.  The job is likely to grow in prominence and redefine itself due to the “explosion of choice in an online and globally connected economy”.

“Decisions of the future will be more complex,” the report says.  “They are likely to involve more stakeholders … in a more complex regulatory environment to account for more multiple objectives … all of this calls for greater skill and effort in decision-making.”


By Ewin Hannan, Workplace Editor

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