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7. Future Jobs

Technology is reshaping the work place and how we work and interact. 

There has, for example, been a decrease in the demand for routine professional skills such as drafting contracts and accounting. On the other hand, we see a growth of jobs in the social care and health sectors as a result of the ageing population. It is impossible to predict future trends with complete accuracy but there is value in considering which skills will be in greatest demand in the future. For instance, 52% of companies in the UK report that there are critical shortages of people with skills and qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths.

WorldSkills UK LIVE provides a brilliant opportunity to explore new and emerging jobs and consider those skills that will help your children thrive. Here are some examples of jobs that have appeared over the
last decade linked to technological developments and advances:-

  • Digital architect – design a selection of virtual buildings for advertisers and retailers to market their products.
  • Cybercrime analyst – use data and digital forensic skills to investigate computer based crime, including hacking, online scams and fraud, and terrorist communication.
  • Mechatronics engineer – build, maintain, repair and programme equipment control systems within the automotive industry.
  • Social media strategist – use social media to help companies to interact with customers, build brand awareness and loyalty, and track data. 
  • Programmer and data analyst – work in the retail sector to support internet sales and distribution. 
  • Sustainable energy engineer – one of the growing numbers of jobs associated with using dwindling resources in a sustainable way and deploying renewable energy.