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New types of work are developing and there are not enough workers in some fields.
While the job market undergoes massive technology-driven changes, the focus generally falls on all the positions that will be eliminated by automation. What gets less attention is that while some industries will get wiped out by technology, many others will rise because of it.
In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects growth in the next decade to exceed growth in the previous one with 11.5 million jobs being created by 2026. Many of these jobs are in areas that are still emerging and the BLS data shows that “65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately hold jobs that don’t yet exist,” according to data shared in LinkedIn’s 2017 Emerging Jobs report.
Which jobs are emerging?
LinkedIn, which is now owned by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), analyzed data from the last five years on its own platform as well as survey data “to identify which jobs and skills are on the rise, what they’re replacing, and what these trends indicate about the jobs market in the years to come.” The social media platform found that technology is king with tech-focused positions seeing increased demand across tech-focused and non-tech-focused companies.
In addition to finding — perhaps not so surprisingly — that most emerging jobs involve technology, the LinkedIn study revealed a number of other things.