The two jobs which will be critically important in the future

The World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs report shows that data analysts and specialised sales representatives will be successful in the workplace of the future.

The report found that disruptive changes to business models will have an impact on the employment landscape over the coming years.

More than 5 million jobs may be lost to disruptive labour market changes, especially in the office and administration sector.

The biggest job gains are expected in high-level sectors, like computer, mathematical, architecture, and engineering-related fields.

“Manufacturing and production roles are also expected to see a further bottoming out, but are anticipated to have relatively good potential for upskilling, redeployment, and productivity enhancement,” stated the report.

The chart below shows the expected change in employment from 2015 to 2020.

Expected change in employment
Expected change in employment from 2015 to 2020

Critically-important jobs

Two jobs stood out as critically important in most industries and geographies: data analysts and specialised sales representatives.

Companies expect data analysts to make sense and derive insights from the torrent of data generated by technological disruptions.

Specialised sales representatives will also be sought after, because practically every industry will need to become skilled in commercialising and explaining their offerings to businesses and consumers.

A need for a new type of senior manager who will steer companies through the upcoming change and disruption will also arise, stated the report.

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