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Published on May 21st, 2018 | by Sunit Nandi

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Fast Growing Industries and Top Skills for Each [infographic]

Technology impacts by far every aspect of our lives. Nowadays, every industry is highly influenced by and dependable on the technological development. From the phones in our pockets to the food we eat, the cars we drive and the medicine we take when we fall ill. Each part of our everyday routine is closely connected to computers.

And so are our jobs. From gardeners, through teachers and salespeople to nurses and physicians – all of these occupations are developing a stronger connection with computers. Artificial Intelligence and robots are slowly (or not so slowly) entering the labour market and even taking over many positions.

Have you ever wondered how this will change the way industries look in the future?

The future of different industries

Technology has a great impact on existing as well as emerging industries. Yet, it is not the only factor that influences the future of jobs. Demographics and changing work culture together with the advancement of materials in biotechnology are shifting way industries look.

The ageing population requires an increased number of professionals in health and elderly care fields. On the other hand, the new generations bring new values such as sustainability and love for travelling. Therefore, jobs in these industries are highly likely to arise in the near future.

Approximately 90% of new jobs are expected to be created in the service-providing sector – more than 10,5 million new jobs, according to the United States Department of Labour.

The future of skills

In his Budget Debate speech, Desmond Choo, the MP for Tampines GRC, said: “Even in very tech-heavy companies…what you really want to see from a good employee…is somebody who can translate high technology into something that I can understand”.

Being able to bring human qualities to machines will be the top skill in the near future. Since the existence of Artificial Intelligence, IQ is constantly being replaced by EQ – Emotional Coefficient. Emotional intelligence is one of the skills that most employers will be looking for in the close future.

Other skills that will become more popular in the future include:

  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Empathy

As you’ve probably noticed, these skills are typical for human creatures and they are much harder to be adopted by computers. Therefore, we should focus on our most desired qualities – our human nature. This is something that robots will have difficulties taking over.

Do you want to learn more about the fastest growing industries and the top skills required for each? Find out in the infographic below.

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