With uncertainty in the job market, now id a good time to consider the skills likely to be needed in 2022

I’ve reviewed the Future of Jobs Report, from The World Economic Forum – they say 42% of required workplace skills will change over the next 2 years.

These are the jobs in decline:

  1. Data Entry Clerk
  2. Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Clerks
  3. Administrative and Executive Secretaries
  4. Assembly and Factory Workers
  5. Client Information and Customer Service Workers
  6. Business Services and Administration Managers
  7. Accountants and Auditors
  8. Material-Recording and Stock-Keeping Clerks
  9. General and Operations Managers
  10. Postal Service Clerks

And these are areas of growth:

  1. Data Analysts and Scientists
  2. AI and Machine Learning Specialists
  3. General and Operations Managers
  4. Software and Applications Developers and Analysts
  5. Sales and Marketing Professionals
  6. Big Data Specialists
  7. Digital Transformation Specialists
  8. New Technology Specialists
  9. Organizational Development Specialists
  10. Information Technology Services

From this you can see the skills in decline and where we should focus any development activity

Most Declining Skills

  • Manual dexterity, endurance, and precision
  • Memory, verbal, auditory, and spatial abilities
  • Management of financial, material resources
  • Technology installation and maintenance
  • Reading, writing, maths, and active listening
  • Management of personnel
  • Quality control and safety awareness
  • Coordination and time management
  • Visual, auditory, and speech abilities
  • Technology use, monitoring, and control

Some of these surprised me, in particular saying that active listening is in decline

Top Skills in 2022

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
    • Can you understand a problem and come up with new ideas.
  • Active learning and learning strategies
    • Understanding how best you learn and being able to discuss this
  • Creativity, originality, and initiative
    • This is around creative thinking alongside art; how can you use your initiative tom come up with new ideas?
  • Technology design and programming
    • Whilst essential for some jobs, do you understand and can quickly learn new technological solutions to do with your work?
  • Critical thinking and analysis
    • Ties in with analytical thinking, can you think deeply to understand?
  • Complex problem-solving
    • Most problems are not simple? Can you break a problem down into steps, and perhaps work with others to develop solutions?
  • Leadership and social influence
    • Can you influence others both in person and online? Charity/ volunteering can help to develop competence in this area
  • Emotional intelligence
    • Do you have empathy for others. and can you demonstrate this?
  • Reasoning, problem-solving
    • Can you describe decision making in a logical way?
  • Systems analysis and evaluation
    • Can you break a problem down into steps and analyse it?

Does this suggest skills you need to develop?

Want to know more – access the full report here

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Published On: October 21st, 2020 / Categories: Career Discovery, Career Management /

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