We live in increasingly uncertain times. Between progressive technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the business closures caused by the recent coronavirus pandemic, it can often seem an impossible task to think of any career as being one hundred percent safe.
Much has been written about the impending ‘Rise of the Machines’ and human’s apparent unimportance in business and production but, the truth is, we’re still a long way off being made completely redundant by technology. Moreover, our increased use of tech in our personal and work lives has brought about new vocations that didn’t even exist until recently.
While tech will undoubtedly continue to play a more important role in our lives, most experts predict there are many new careers that will be invented as a result.
Here are four sectors most likely to see growth that could offer you that much-needed job security during the coming years:
The business of analytics
The amount of data we are producing is increasing exponentially across all industries making data analytics one of the key skills which will be required in the future. When combined with automated data produced by the Internet of Things (IoT), we now have almost limitless potential to explore, decrypt, and understand the world around us.
Big data is big business in 2020 – a trend that is only going to continue moving forward. Indeed, in 2018 the worth of data analytics was estimated to be $166 billion – and this figure will surely increase as the real world and virtual worlds converge. Furthermore, despite a rise in autonomous data production, it still requires human intelligence and creativity to thoroughly analyze and draw conclusions from the masses of information now available – two qualities that AI still considerably lacks.
Cloud technicians and engineers
Aside from its regrettable death toll, possibly the biggest disruption caused by coronavirus has been the huge shift to remote working – a trend only made possible by the mass adoption of cloud technologies. While we all hope the virus subsides soon, most experts agree the monumental shift to home-working is likely to survive long after Covid-19 has passed. Training to achieve a cloud certification qualification will give you long-lasting career skills and prospects in this burgeoning industry.
With more and more of our personal and business data moving online, there has been an increased need for bulletproof security against unwanted attacks and viruses. In recent surveys, most business owners cited online crime as being the greatest threat facing companies in years to come. With the average data breach in the US now estimated by computer giant IBM to cost $7.35 million, companies can’t afford to take risks with their online security. Indeed, the total cost of cybercrime globally is expected to double from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion by 2021.
Cannabis-based products supply and production
Over the last few years, cannabis has become a huge global business following its decriminalization in multiple countries around the world. Currently, medicinal cannabis production is more common than for recreational use, but there is a growing movement that could see that pattern shift as rules and laws continue to relax.
Career opportunities are most likely for those with backgrounds in areas such as finance, retail, agriculture, medicine, and law. Also, as the industry grows, more off-shoot careers are likely to be created.