The future isn't that far away, so you might want to start thinking about which jobs won't become obsolete shortly. Here are some future-proof careers.
The term Luddite is used to describe someone that is averse to technology. But the origin of the word dates back to a group of 19th-century English weavers that protested against the mass industrialisation of their craft, by destroying industrial weaving equipment. The protest was so widespread that the military was sent to suppress it.
The reason for the “machine breaking” campaign was quite simple; the Luddites feared that their jobs would be replaced by the automation brought on by the mass adaptation of industrial machines. Inevitably their efforts were fruitless, and the job of textile weaver became obsolete.
Every decade or two, there's a list of jobs that have been replaced by automated machines that are much more efficient. The trick is to find a job that can't be easily done by robots or computers. However, if you want to end up like the Luddites, then, by all means, keep working as a switchboard operator.
Do You Possess 'Learnability'?
Before we delve into our list, let’s look at a term that is all the rage recently: learnability. Many of world’s best employers are looking very specifically for this characteristic in their potential hires because it not only translates to an expedited new employee adaptation period, it also means unlimited growth. Individuals with high levels of employability have an inherent thirst for learning, even outside their professional responsibilities, actively seeking new knowledge.
Individuals that have high learnability are also very adaptable, something that practically guarantees their knowledge base will never become obsolete. In our case, if someone holds a position that is slowly becoming obsolete they will seek knowledge to either commit a complete career shift or to make a pivot into a related field.
No matter what type of job or profession you have, if you have a natural thirst for knowledge and personal betterment, then it will be very difficult to find yourself in a situation where your position is filled with an automated system.
Health Care - Nursing
In recent years one profession that appears on most lists of in-demand jobs is nursing. In combination with an ageing workforce and the many branches of specialisation offered today, nursing is and will be a highly sought after profession now and in the foreseeable future. Beyond the ageing workforce, though, the world’s overall population is also getting older meaning that the need for healthcare is constantly growing as time progresses.
The demand includes not only registered nurses but also nurses’ assistants and even in-home caretakers. At the time of writing, there are 149.196 nursing jobs on Adzuna and over 1000 position on Monster.co.uk.
Not only is nursing a very emotionally rewarding career, but it’s also a very financially rewarding career. The national average for a nurse’s starting salary is £23,000 and can reach £80,000 at the senior levels.
Engineering is a broad field, and engineers can work in a diverse set of workplaces - anywhere from an office in London to an oil field in a frozen tundra. The recent push for a shift towards STEM studies (science, technology, economics, and maths) isn’t unfounded, as the number of engineers universities produce continues to plummet.
For those that survive the gruelling coursework, though, it’s an advantage, since most types of engineering are frequently in high demand. Be forewarned though if you are considering entering engineering because of the job prospects, you will need a healthy appetite for maths, physics, and chemistry.
At the time of writing, Adzuna had 211,328 jobs postings for engineers. According to Payscale, the national average starting salary of an engineer is a respectable £29.987 a year, with income reaching around £33.000 by mid-career.
We are living deep in the proverbial Matrix; technology permeates almost every single aspect of our life, both work, and recreation. Inevitably this mass adaptation of technology will only become more profound, so all proximal fields of the discipline will be highly employable in the future. Information technology is a vast field that deals with almost every aspect regarding computers and networks.
Not only does the study of information technology offer a plethora of employment options in a corporate environment, but you can also easily become self-employed. IT professional can be in employed in sales, consulting, marketing and even law enforcement as computer forensic specialists. Another benefit is that the technology sector offers is potential for employment in some of the most desirable companies in the world that offer incredible benefits and work-life balance.
At the moment there are 268,927 jobs on Adzuna for IT professionals and over 10,000 jobs on Monster UK. Since the field and job prospectives are so vast, it is difficult to discern an average salary, but it can range between £20,000 to a whopping £500,000 for a senior IT manager.
Accountancy and Finance
Financial sector specialists, no matter what storms are blowing through the economy, are always employable. It also happens to be an extremely profitable industry, the average stock broker’s salary hovers around £40,843 with bonuses ranging between £785-£60,000. Another branch of the financial services industry is accounting, which is always in demand and offers great career longevity.
Even if a software application is created to forgo the necessity for human calculation completely, an accountant will be needed to audit and ensure that tax policies and laws aren’t infringed upon. And although all types of brokers are heavily assisted by automated processes the sales component of their job inherently requires a human voice.
Adzuna has 28,699 job postings for accountants and 126,366 jobs posting in the financial sector in general. Again due to the vast applicability of this sector it is difficult to extrapolate an average salary, but a certified chartered accountant can make £26,000-£50,000 according to prospects.co.uk.
UUnsurprisingly as the economy and global markets emerge, the need for people that can break through interlinguistic and intercultural barriers will increase. According to this Vice article, 86% of language study graduates can expect to be employed immediately after graduation or within a six-month period after graduation. At the moment there are 11,123 job postings on Adzuna and over 124 on Monster UK.
The job prospects for a translator or interpreter are vast, including both freelance and full-time employment with private and public organisations. As such the average salary is tough to glean. But according to prospects, the EU pays translators a starting salary of €4,383 per month or a respectable €52,596 per annum
Now that we have covered all of the more important “future proof” and highly employable professions, here is a synopsis of these industries and their average salaries.
Nursing - £23,000
Engineering - £29.987
Information Technology - £20,000 approx.
Accountancy and Finance – Accountant - £26,000 Stock Broker - £40,843
Language Studies - €4,383 or a respectable €52,596 per annum (when employed by the EU)
Of course, these salaries are averages and not necessarily set in stone, during your job search you will have multiple other factors to consider before taking the job, which will include location, cost of living and cost of transportation. If living costs are low in a certain area, then a lower salary might have more value than a higher one in a more expensive region of the UK like London.
You might also consider taking a lower salary if the company has an amazing benefits package or company culture that appeals to you. These will all be considerations that inevitably affect the monetary compensation you will receive when accepting a job offer. Luckily, none of these factors necessarily affect employability, demand or the viability of the profession in the future.
Are you currently employed in one of the fields mentioned in the article? Was it easy to find employment and do you enjoy the profession you are in? Let us know in the comment section below.