Secretaries, accountants, factory workers, these jobs are known to be gone over the next five years

A number of jobs have been identified as most likely to “disappear” over the next five years, largely due to automation. This year’s edition of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2020 report maps the jobs and skills of the future and tracks “the pace of change based on surveys of business leaders and HR strategists around the world”. The report is particularly relevant this year as it takes into account the effect of pandemic-related disruptions.

According to the report, the top five jobs that will see a significant drop in demand over the next five years are data entry clerks; administrative and executive secretaries; accounting, bookkeeping and payroll clerk; accountants and auditors; and assembly and factory workers.

The rest of the jobs in the top 10 are business services and administrative managers; customer information and customer service workers; general managers and directors of operations; machine mechanics and repairers; and material registration and inventory clerks.

A number of jobs have been identified as most likely to “disappear” over the next five years, largely due to automation. This year’s edition of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2020 report maps the jobs and skills of the future and tracks “the pace of change based on surveys of business leaders and HR strategists around the world”. The report is particularly relevant this year as it takes into account the effect of pandemic-related disruptions.

According to the report, the top five jobs that will see a significant drop in demand over the next five years are data entry clerks; administrative and executive secretaries; accounting, bookkeeping and payroll clerk; accountants and auditors; and assembly and factory workers.

The rest of the jobs in the top 10 are business services and administrative managers; customer information and customer service workers; general managers and directors of operations; machine mechanics and repairers; and material registration and inventory clerks.

“The workforce is automating faster than expected, shedding 85 million jobs over the next five years,” Saadia Zahidi writes on the International Monetary Fund website, based on the WEF report. “Automation, coupled with the COVID-19 recession, is creating a ‘double disruption’ scenario for workers. Business adoption of technology will transform tasks, jobs and skills by 2025.

Zahidi adds that up to 43% of companies surveyed said they were prepared to reduce their workforce due to the integration of technology, 41% plan to expand their use of contractors for specialized tasks and 34% plan to expand their workforce as a result of integrating technology.

“Five years from now, employers will divide work between humans and machines roughly equally,” the report says.

On the other hand, the WEF report on the future of jobs has also indicated a list of jobs that will see an increase in demand over the next half-decade. They are: data analysts and scientists; AI and machine learning specialists; big data specialists; digital marketing and strategy specialists; and process automation specialists.

Also in the top 10 are business development professionals; digital transformation specialists; information security analysts; software and application developers; and Internet of Things (IOT) specialists.

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