New job skills for 2021

Skills employers want in the next 5 years

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2020 (link) has some interesting observations on how the world of work will change in the next 5 years.

They list out the jobs they think will decline and the jobs they think will increase:

Jobs decreasing in demand Jobs to increase in demand
Data entry clerks
Administrative and executive secretaries
Accounting, bookkeeping and payroll clerks
Accountants and auditors
Assembly and factory workers
Business services and administration managers
Client information and customer service workers
General and operations managers
Mechanics and machinery repairers
Material recording and stock-keeping clerks
Financial analysts
Postal service clerks
Sales rep wholesale and man, tech and sci products
Relationship managers
Bank tellers and related clerks
Door to door sales, news and street vendors
Electronics and telecoms installers and repairs
Human resources specialists
Training and development specialists
Construction labourers  
Data analytics and scientists
Ai and Machines learning specialists
Big Data specialists
Digital marketing and strategy specialists
Process automation specialists
Business development professionals
Digital transformation specialists
Information security analysts
Software applications developers
Internet of things specialists
Project managers
Business services and administration managers
Database and network professionals
Robotics Engineers
Strategic advisors
Management and organisation analysts
FinTech Engineers
Mechanics and machinery repairers
Organisational development specialists
Risk management specialists  

And they also report on the most important skills they see between now and 2025

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Active learning and learning strategies
  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Creativity, originalist and initiative
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Technology use, monitoring and control
  • Technology design and programming
  • Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
  • Reasoning, problem solving and ideation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Trouble shooting and user experience
  • Service orientation
  • Systems analysis and evaluation
  • Persuasion and negotiation

Use our career planning tools to help you see the skills your current role expects of you. And also start developing a plan to future proof your career

The original report is here and yahoo has a good summary here

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