Two-thirds of Americans believe that, in 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work humans now do. The World Economic Forum’s 2018 report, The Future of Jobs, estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020 and that the number will keep growing. Jobs that once seemed like “safe bets”–office workers and administrative personnel, manufacturing, and even law—will be hit hardest, the report estimates.
“There are some overarching shifts poised to change the nature of work itself over the next decade,” says Devin Fidler, research director at Institute for the Future, a nonprofit research center focused on long-term forecasting. That includes a demand for new skills and strategies that could help people to thrive in future work environments,
So what do you need to work on to be marketable in 2025? Here are six skill areas that the experts recommend, as well some of the strongest job-growth categories, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and other sources–that relate to them.
TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
It’s no surprise that tech skills will be in demand. However, Fidler says that “computational thinking”–the ability to manage the massive amounts of data we process individually each day, spot patterns, and make sense out of all of it–will be valued.
“As the total amount of information coming at you increases and increases, the ability to manage