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The top 100 fastest growing professions: skilled work continues to grow

Software, robotisation and AI mainly affects techies

Half of the most promising jobs for the future are jobs that are hardly or not sensitive to future technological revolutions, research from Intelligence Group shows. In their research, they have assembled the 100 fastest growing professions for the next 5 to 10 years. Their research directly contradicts the notion that robots and artificial intelligence would take over most ‘skilled human work’ and subsequently destroy jobs. With skilled workers, they refer to specialised welders, addiction specialists, roofers, sommeliers, dentists, veterinarians, et cetera. The entire list can be found here

The top 100 fastest growing professions has been established by combining structural historic developments with the ratio of supply and demand in the current labour market and the expectations for the next few years. Intelligence Group has used its own data, but also that of JobDigger, JobFeed, Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).

In many non-ICT-related professions, tasks will change due to the increasing amount of technological possibilities. In the future, software, artificial intelligence, robots, drones and 3D-printers will be a larger part of the dentist’s, welder’s and roofer’s toolbox. Meanwhile, for all of the professions, an extensive knowledge and ability in ICT will be more important, but this does not mean these jobs will suddenly disappear.

For the remaining 50% of the list, an extensive knowledge of data-science, programming and artificial intelligence is required. They are professions that boost and thrive upon the technology they produce. Though some of their tasks may be taken over by technology, their industry is thriving, and will subsequently lead to more and more jobs in the next 10 to 15 years. The energy transition, the introduction of (partially) autonomous cars, 3D-printing, augmented and virtual reality and the Internet of Things have all lead to many tasks and processes being improved and simplified. However, the implementation process has proven to be quite complex and has taken much longer than the optimistic tech-prophets thought it would.

Paradoxically, jobs within the tech-sector are most sensitive to technology they themselves develop. The demand for jobs like data analysts, cloud engineers, machine learning engineers and programmers is growing. However, those jobs contain tasks that are susceptible to a technological takeover through smart software or artificial intelligence. Whereas the above-mentioned welders and dentists may see an increase of new technology in their toolbox, the work of a software developer or data analyst may change or even disappear in the future.

At the same time, the need (in volume) for their services will continue to grow. That will subsequently lead to tech professions continuing their growth in the next 15 years. For the working population in the Netherlands, this will translate to two things. Firstly: a shortage on the labour market. And secondly: skills and competencies of the not-working not corresponding with what is required for both the market and the society in general.