The landscape of work is undergoing a continuous change. Disruptive technologies, climate change, robotics, natural resource limitations, renewable energy, the sharing economy, the cloud, big data and ageing populations: these are just some of the opportunities shaping the way people work today and the careers of the future.
If you have just earned a university degree and embarked your journey to the world of professional work, the rapid development of technology offers abundant exciting prospects across various emerging industries, with entrepreneurialism, connectivity and the human touch expected to be a big part of the future career mix.
Here’s what experts predict the workplace will look like in 2020, according to Top Universities sponsored by Macquarie University.
Cyber warfare will be the new terrorist threat
With the cost of cyber-attacks estimated to exceed $1 billion a year in Australia alone, cybersecurity experts are highly in demand worldwide. In the past five years, demand for intelligence and policy analysts has grown by 21.4
This demand far exceeds supply across a broad range of industries, meaning that a cybersecurity qualification opens the door to a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers. With technology becoming increasingly pervasive – think medical implants, electronic vehicle controls, and smart buildings – the possibilities for carving out an interesting career in this field are vast.
Ads for mathematical jobs will flood listings websites
Demand for accounting and finance professionals has increased by 44
Ageing populations mean health professionals will be in high demand
The world is greying. Up to 40
Demand for creative, media and marketing professionals will grow
The world will still need engineers, lawyers and teachers… Who’d have thought?
Meanwhile, demand for all education professionals will continue to outgrow other professions by 2020. Demand for early childhood experts will increase by 27
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