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10 Jobs of the Future

Jobs of the future
Advances in digital technology and developments like robotics and automation are causing upheaval in the world of work, forcing educators to adapt to these needs and the skills required to teach their students.

While technology is decreasing the demand for some jobs, it is also creating opportunities for people to develop and use new technologies. Furthermore, it’s creating demand for new skills and jobs – roles that will be critical in a dynamic and fluid economy where established jobs and industries are continually being disrupted.

Future job trends and forecasts

In the US, the Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth forecasts (2016–26) also highlight healthcare as a major growth area, with healthcare support occupations and healthcare practitioners among the fastest-growing sectors. Computer and mathematical occupations are also projected to see significant growth over the next decade.

Predicting what the top jobs of the future will be is driven by a range of factors, including demographic data, as well as technological and economic factors. These roles include:

  1. Aged and disabled carers

Aging populations place a strain on healthcare systems and resources, but our increased life expectancy will present opportunities for aged and disabled carers in residential aged-care settings.

  1. Physical therapists

As we age, we tend to incur injuries and illness more often, and need physical therapy to recover – which will drive demand for physical therapists.

  1. Registered nurses

Like carers and physical therapists, registered nurses are on the frontline of the healthcare sector, providing and caring for an aging population in a hospital setting.

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  1. Agricultural managers

Once upon a time we called them farmers, but let’s not get bogged down with semantics. Food security will be a big issue in the future, so any job related to agribusiness – and especially emerging sectors like aquaculture operations – will be in demand.

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  1. Software and applications programmers

Software and applications programmers are a specialist role with a very high skill rating, and they have a crucial part to play in the evolving digital economy. They not only ensure programs and applications perform to specification, but develop new features and standalone applications.

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  1. ICT support and test engineers

Another role that is crucial to keeping digital infrastructure running, ICT support and test engineers are in short supply but high demand – so these roles are already top jobs of the future.

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  1. Tourism and hospitality

Tourism is a global industry, accounting for around 10 percent of all employment globally. The industry is consolidating but there are also significant opportunities for boutique operators, for example in eco-tourism, adventure tourism and corporate hospitality (conventions and conferences).

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  1. Data analysts

The world is swimming in data, and we need help making sense of it all – which why data scientists will be in great demand in the workplace of the near future.

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  1. Robotics engineers

Otherwise known as the field of mechatronic engineering, robotics is set to play a big part in our future, as automation begins to replace many established roles and functions.

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  1. Teachers and teachers’ aides

Teaching is one role that is very unlikely to be automated or disrupted in the near future, which means it will continue to be an in-demand profession well into the future – especially for high-demand subject areas like maths and science.

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Teachers will need to pass on very different skills if students are going to perform in the digital workplace of the future – with adaptability and resilience key skill


Identity security for hybrid clouds

identity security
Enterprise security is more important than ever and Microsoft is leading the way in promoting identity security for your hybrid cloud infrastructure. Here are five key steps to keep your secure:

  1. Strengthen your credential security

Most identity attacks are password-related, so adopt multi-factor authentication or intrinsically secure credentials (e.g. Windows Hello). You should also adopt the NIST Digital Identity Guidelines for passwords and switch from complexity/expiry to on-premises password filters. Enabling password hash synchronization for DR and leaked credentials, and implementing ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) extranet lockout should also be considered.

  1. Reduce your attack surface

The key here is to block legacy authentication flows (to prevent password spray) and invalid entry points (e.g. from particular countries/regions, apps, times/dates). If a Microsoft shop, use Azure AD Privileged Identity Management and Azure Advanced Threat Protection.

  1. Automate your threat responses

Automating threat response removes human variables from the equation and improves your security posture. Implement:

  • User risk policy (so compromised accounts can be repaired in real time)
  • Sign-in risk policy (so suspicious sign-ins can be prevented in real time)
  1. Boost your awareness of audit and monitoring

Monitoring your systems is another critical security posture. Azure AD Identity Protection and Azure AD Connect Health can provide insights that will protect your ADFS infrastructure.

  1. Help users help themselves

Active and security-savvy end users are a great addition to any security regime – and their absence can make even the most sophisticated systems ineffective. Use access reviews to ensure users have only the access privileges they require, and allow them to manage their credentials and access with self-service passwords resets and group management.


5G internet – fast, reliable and coming soon


It’s no secret that businesses and consumers alike are getting their hands on more and more network-connected devices. Gartner estimates that there will be 20.8 billion network-connected devices worldwide by 2020 (compared to 6.4 billion today) and Internet of Things sensors are appearing in everything from fridges to water meters.

Of course, this means that we need our internet connections to be faster and more stable. That’s the promise of 5G (fifth generation) mobile wireless. Best of all, the infrastructure for 5G is already in place, meaning there’s no wait for cables or lines to be laid.

Connectivity times one hundred

The difference between the 4G connections used by most current devices and the 5G connections to come is like the difference in water flow between a garden hose and a fire hose.

Early tests of 5G networks have hit 10 Gbps speeds. The average speed of today’s fastest mobile network is 12.3 Mbps, so that’s as much 100 times faster. Putting that into practical terms, at the Future: Mobile 2016 conference, industry insiders discussed a 5G network that will be fast enough to:

  • download an HD movie in three seconds (compared to an hour on a 4G LTE connection)
  • connect every device in the house to the internet
  • allow musicians in different locations to play music together

When will 5G be available?

In Australia, rollouts are expected to begin in high-density, urban hotspots by 2018. 5G is expected to be widely available in New Zealand around 2020, roughly equivalent to the anticipated rollout timetable in the US.

What industries will be affected?

The benefits of 5G go beyond simply being able to stream 4K movies with surround sound. Higher speed means lower latency – the lag between a signal being send the same signal being received. 4G networks have an average latency of 50 milliseconds. 5G networks have a latency of just 1 millisecond. This plays out in lots of interesting ways.

  1. Automotive

Driverless cars aren’t just coming, they’re already here. They need to communicate with each other and other systems in real time to drive safely and save lives (at 4G LTE speeds, a car moving at 100km/h travels 1.5 meters between detecting an obstacle and braking; at 5G speeds, it travels just a few centimetres). Importantly, they need this to integrate with the automated traffic flow management systems that will play an increasingly important role in keeping our driverless fleets flowing efficiently, reducing congestion, pollution and other inefficiencies.

  1. Health

Reduced latency is key to the impacts 5G will have on medicine as well. A 5G connection should be fast and stable enough to allow one doctor to guide another through surgery, which would take remote medicine to another level. That’s not to discount the ability to shift huge amounts of data quickly; medical data files can be huge, especially as we move into 3D scanning, modelling and printing. It’ll be a boon for patients in remote or rural areas, as they won’t need to travel to major cities to consult with specialists.

  1. Gaming

Online video games are big business already, and they’re only going to get bigger when gamers don’t even need to download a game to play it (let alone go out and buy the disk). We’re already seeing some infrastructure for games moving into the cloud, but the arrival of 5G will allow for fully online or cloud-based games. High speeds and low latency will allow gamers to play by streaming over a mobile network, which means that instead of expensive PCs or game consoles, a simple ‘dumb’ terminal and display – or even a smartphone – will be all a gamer needs.

  1. Entertainment

Concert venues and promoters might not like it but streaming full 3D images and surround sound from sports and entertainment is the way of the future. How about a football game where, thanks to your VR rig and a massive data stream, you can be on the field with the players in real time? On stage with your favorite band? Or just sitting at home enjoying a direct stream of the latest movie or TV show in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos sound?

The possibilities are endless – all we need are data streams big enough to make them a reality. And thanks to 5G, those streams are coming sooner rather than later.