What will our workforce look like in 2030?

By Doug Mattushek - 05 August 2019Views : 893


We live in an era that’s known for its artificial intelligence advances, and just about everyone is petrified of what robotics might mean for the future of the workforce.

But should we really be caught in a bling panic, or should we be looking forward to what these disruptive technologies might mean?

According to McKinsey, we can expect a wide variety of shifts in jobs in the years to come. And although there might be enough work to keep most human employed until 2030, the transition will be one of the most challenging we’ve ever seen, even when compared to changes that have already occurred in industries like agriculture and manufacturing.

But looking at things from a positive point of view, here are some changes that we might see happening up until 2030.

Rising incomes and consumption

McKinsey previously predicted a $23 trillion increase in global consumption between 2015 and 2030, most of which will come from consumers in emerging economies. The effects on this increase in consumption might be felt in countries where income is generated as well as countries that rely heavily on export. The impact of rising incomes on consumer goods could create up to 250 million new jobs around the world, with up to 50 million new jobs created from higher education and health spending.

An older genera workforce

It’s estimated that there will be around 300 million more people aged 65 and older than there were in 2014. Spending patterns shift as people age, and more people will spend their money on healthcare and personal services. This in itself might create a massive demand for occupations within the healthcare industry, including personal-care aides and nursing assistants. If you’re employed in healthcare, it’s safe to assume that you’re safe, at least until 2030.

Mass deployment and development of tech

Jobs related to the development and deployment of new technologies might also increase leading up to 2030. Spending on tech could increase by more than 50% in the coming years, half of which will be on information-technology. Although there are fewer people employed in this industry, these are high paying jobs.

More investments in renewable energy

Investments in energy solutions like wind and solar may create a greater demand for employees in a range of jobs like manufacturing, construction, and installation. Investments in energy efficiency and climate adaption might see as many as 10 million new jobs being created across the globe.

So which jobs offer the best opportunities for the future?

Automation might be a dawn of a new era, an era that has most of us hoping and praying we’ll have something to fall back on. But in reality, AI will probably create just as many jobs as it might possibly replace. Here’s a quick recap on which jobs have the most promising futures in the age of automation:

· Healthcare Providers

· Engineers, Scientists, Analysts

· IT Professionals

· Educators

· Creatives

· Employees in the Building Sector