Six in-demand jobs for 2020

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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To say the job market is changing rapidly is a gross undertstatement of the facts. A report by the World Economic Forum asserts that technological advances and demographic changes may lead to the loss of about five million jobs — mostly administrative and white-collar office positions — by 2020. The opposite of that scenario, however, is that millions of other jobs would have been created, jobs that either don't exist yet or are in their nascent stages.

Some of those changes are already visible with self-driving cars, which are likely to replace taxi and Uber drivers, self-driving trucks possibly replacing truck drivers, and Amazon using robots in its warehouses and delivering packages with drones. Here are six jobs that will be most in demand for 2020, which, may we remind you, is a mere one year away.

Data Analyst/Scientist

Data analytics and data science are interdisciplinary fields of scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge or insight from data in various forms, either structured or unstructured. Both fields are very similar and sometimes overlap, but are not exactly the same.

In any case, demand for both is expected to grow exponentially given that the world is producing more and more data every year. Scientists estimate that the total data stored as of 2011 was 295 Exabytes of data, with projections that it could reach 163 Zettabytes by 2025.

As of 2016 IBM reported about 90 per cent of the world's data had been created within the past two years. The tech firm also predicts that demand for data scientists will soar 28 per centby 2020.

Machine Learning Engineer

Machine learning is a field in computer science and a particular application of data science that gives computers the ability to “learn” from data and make predictions. It is a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). A computer program is said to learn from experience (E) with respect to some class of tasks (T) and performance measure (P), if its performance at task T, as measured by P, improves with experience E.

Software Developer

It should be no surprise that this occupation will be one of the hottest jobs in year 2020. Software developers include programmers, computer scientists, computer engineers, and augmented reality developers just to name a few. Software developers are the people who create the software people use every day, this includes the research, design, programming, and testing of the computer software.

Cloud Engineer

Many companies are moving to the “cloud” and most of them are choosing multiple vendors like Salesforce.com, Oracle, Amazon, and Microsoft etc. Cloud engineering is an IT professional's responsibility for any technological duties associated with cloud computing — definitely a buzz word which doesn't mean your data is in the fluffy white things in the sky, but that your data is stored, and maintained somewhere else (not on premise) and the networks of servers find the data that you need and send it to you.

Product Designers (Creativity Jobs)

Many jobs will be automated, but creative jobs will still require a human being. This includes car designers, app designers, and manufacturing goods.

Human Resources and Organisational Development

Human Resources (HR) will be needed to retrain employees for other occupations within their organisation, seeing as how some current occupations will be gone all together. Human resources will also be needed to hire people for the new high-in-demand skills within the market.

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