What Awaits the Labour Market in the Next 10 Years?
Microsoft researchers claim that by 2025 more than 60% of all existing professions will undergo changes in connection with the technological revolution, which we already can witness today. Technologies are developing so fast that the education system simply does not keep up with the rapidly changing labour market. The time when people obtained one education and one profession “for a lifetime” has passed. Today, university is only the first step, a place to receive general knowledge.
Throughout life, a person acquires new skills in accordance with the challenges offered by the modern times. Education has become “fast”, that is, today it is possible to master a new profession in record short terms (from 1 month to 2 years). European universities offer study programmes for the retraining of employees, which allows an employee to save its working position, while employers do not spend money and energy on finding the “right person”.
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So, what professions will be most in demand in the labour market in 10–15 years:
Medical Professionals in All Fields, Preventive Medicine
The scarcity of qualified personnel in the field of medicine is very acute in recent years, and in the future, more specialists will be needed in this area. The reason is not for people becoming sick oftener.
The rapid technology development, being too fast for the doctors “of the old school” to follow it, has caused a large outflow of highly skilled medical staff not only to the capital institutions, but also abroad, where the salaries and prospects are higher. In this regard, throughout the country, narrow focus specialists with a modern medical education, including the use of the Internet and innovative equipment for diagnosis and treatment of patients, are required.
More and more full-time specialists are being re-trained in European universities in order to remain in demand on the medical labour market in the next 10–15 years.
In the coming years, scientists will create mechanisms that can identify disease at an early stage and stop its spread in the body. The need for medications will decrease if there is an opportunity to prevent symptoms. The causes of mental disorders will be found, thanks to which psychotherapy will reach a new, technological level.
Today, modern technologies for patient care are already being actively used. The Goggle Watch glasses allow doctors to see patient data and possible treatment options on its screen. In clinics, the demand for engineers, who are able to control robots during operations, will rise. Today, some large medical centres boast such innovations, but in the next ten years, technologies will spread to small towns.
Online doctors are currently appearing in the country. In the future, this trend will increase. Consultations, counselling services and initial appointments will be conducted online, possibly with the use of VR technologies. A contemporary doctor will need knowledge in the IT-field and engineering for effective control of technological devices.
What skills are needed: medical education.
Engineers in All Fields
One of the business “headaches” today is a lack of specialists in such fields as transport and logistics, marketing, metalworking, mechanical engineering and vehicle construction, energy technology, electrical engineering, and civil engineering.
In these areas, new facilities and equipment are created every year for rapid construction and machine building. However, there are not enough personnel to manage these innovations.
The level of being in demand for an engineer will primarily depend on the range of obtained knowledge. The ability to manage complex technological objects and create “live” projects for introducing innovations into the workflow will come to the first place.
What skills are needed: engineering, construction, machine building, automobile manufacturing, energy technology.
The market of office professions will undergo a significant change in the next 10 years. The hierarchy will remain the same: sales clerks, executives, managers of various levels. However, the essence of the work will change. Technologies able to manage high-tech projects will become of primary importance. For example, implementation of a new system for building bridges, or introduction of robots into surgery clinics.
Such specialists will be needed everywhere, because technologies are now included in every area of life. Communication with people will transform into communication with technology, as the customer service is gradually moving to remote channels (online banking, online stores, online agencies for booking tours, tickets, etc.) Managers will control machines, develop tasks for them, and monitor their performance.