Are You Studying For A Job That Won’t Exist In 20 Years?

September 2, 2015

A recent report has been published by the non-profit group, Foundation for Young Australians, which reveals sixty per cent of Australian students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future or will be transformed by automation.

  • 44 per cent of jobs will be automated in the next 10 years.
  • 60 per cent of students are studying for careers that won’t exist.
  • Young people will have an average of 17 different jobs.
  • Over 50 per cent of jobs will require significant digital skills and yet our young people are not learning them in schools.

The results show that 40 per cent of jobs have a high probability of being susceptible to computerisation and automation in the next 10 to 15 years. Jobs in administration will be the first to go. If the job requires system and data analysis, as in tax preparer, the job has a high probability of not existing in the future. Bank tellers, legal assistant, loan officer and cashier are all jobs most likely to be automated.  Even market research and sales research are jobs that will be replaced with machine-learning algorithms. With self-driving vehicles on the horizon, taxi and truck drivers will go the way of the VHS machines and local video stores and become defunct.

However, those jobs which require a high degree of personal collaboration will remain. Nurses, doctors, family therapists, curators, addiction counselors, high school teachers and of course, computer system analysts – they will be busy programming the software that automates jobs.

Young women looking at job forecasts should consider engineering (mechanical, electrical, environmental and computer programming), scientists and medical professionals are the most likely to have jobs in twenty years. As the population ages, jobs in senior care will also grow. There is a concern about the number of women studying the sciences, which according to the American Society for Engineering Education, hovers at just under 20 per cent. The number of women pursuing Master’s degrees in engineering is a fraction higher at 23 per cent. Overall, it’s still very low.

Ten jobs that are the most likely to disappear:

  1. Credit Analysts: 97.85%
  2. Milling and Planing Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic: 97.85%
  3. Procurement Clerks: 95%
  4. Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders: 98.04%
  5. Tellers: 98.28%
  6. Umpires and Referees: 98.29%
  7. Loan Officers: 98.36%
  8. Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters: 98.49%
  9. Tax Preparers: 98.71
  10. Telemarketers: 99.02%

Ten jobs that are the least likely to disappear:

  1. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers: 0.31%
  2. Occupational Therapists: 0.35%
  3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: 36%
  4. Dietitians and Nutritionists: 0.39%
  5. Choreographers: 0.40%
  6. Physicians and Surgeons: 0.42%
  7. Dentists: 0.44%
  8. Elementary School Teachers: 0.44%
  9. Medical Scientists: 0.45%
  10. Education Administrators: 0.46%

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