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Want to Save Your Job From the Robots? Develop These Job Skills by 2022

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The way we work is changing fast. Automation is encroaching on jobs that used to depend on human labor. To compete with the robots, you’ll need to develop new skills.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released their Future of Jobs Report for 2018. It describes how a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is changing how many industries function.

The WEF predicts that new job categories will emerge, replacing others that will no longer be necessary. In addition, the jobs that remain will change. Employers will be looking for workers with different skill sets than they’re seeking today.

Researchers based their findings on the analysis of a survey of Chief Human Resources and Chief Executive Officers of global employers. The survey aimed to capture these executives’ plans and projections in terms of job skills in the coming years.

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Let’s take a closer look at a few of the key findings from the 2022 Skills Outlook, which was generated from this report. It details the jobs and skills that are growing and declining.

Growing:

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation
  2. Active learning and learning strategies
  3. Creativity, originality and initiative

The researchers who compiled this report estimate an emerging 133 million new roles globally by 2022. Some jobs will decline, with 75 million jobs lost during that time, they predict. But, the anticipated gains more than make up for the losses.

The top three emerging jobs in the years ahead are Data Analysts and Scientists, AI and Machine Learning Specialists and General and Operations Managers.

Declining:

  1. Manual dexterity, endurance and precision
  2. Memory, verbal, auditory and spatial abilities
  3. Management of financial, material resources

The skills that are most likely to decline in the next few years indicate a shift in the tasks that humans and machines will take on.

In 2018, 71 percent of labor is done by humans and 29 percent by machines, according to the World Economic Forum. By 2022, the WEF predicts that humans will do just 58 percent of the work. This research also indicates that the rate of automation will increase in the years after that. Machines will do the majority of the labor by 2025 (52 percent), based on these estimates.

People will need to cultivate skills that can’t be mastered by machines in order to thrive in tomorrow’s job market. Skills like spatial abilities and manual dexterity can be optimized by machines. So, they are of declining importance.

In 2018, 71 percent of labor is done by humans and 29 percent by machines, according to the World Economic Forum. By 2022, the WEF predicts that humans will do just 58 percent of the work. Click To Tweet

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Until robots can repair themselves, I will always have a job. What I’m looking to do is continue a career. There is a difference between a job and a career.

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