Experts agree that professionals of the future should combine technological and analytical skills with soft skills. They assert that professions which require repetitive, simple tasks will be the most threatened by the rise of technology – and may disappear within a few years. On the other hand, there are two trends that will remain strong: ‘high tech’ professions, which demand high expertise and technological impact; and ‘high touch’ professions, with intense human contact and impact.


High tech and high touch professions will coexist in the new economy

High tech

Engineers, doctors, architects, technology professionals and industrial production. They work with new technologies and must know how to analyze data, seek efficiency and productivity for their companies. These activities tend to be mobile or performed remotely.

High touch

Personal trainers, caregivers of the elderly and children, leisure, health and well-being professionals who have good relationship and communication skills. They will use new technologies, but their presence in the work environment will continue to be important.

Most of these professions already exist, and all of them will be impacted by new business and work models, technologies, and changes in our way of life. A teacher, for example, will have his or her activity transformed by e-learning, and must adapt to facilitate student learning, exchanging ideas and proposing paths, rather than ‘holding’ knowledge. Below is a list of professions that should gain more space on the job market in the coming years:

Data Scientist – extracts and analyzes data to be applied to new products and processes across industries and sectors.

Digital expert – searches for evidence of digital crimes, such as data theft and attacks on servers on the Internet.

Sustainability strategist – monitors and plans the sustainability path for companies and organizations. By using and tracking data, can oversee HR policies and environmental impact, as well as vendors’ and communities’ relationships.

Blockchain expert – brings and implements the blockchain technology to company products and services, besides helping to educate their teams with this innovation.

Distance learning facilitator – guides and monitors students’ on-line learning, promoting the exchange of knowledge rather than just teaching classes.

Robot coordinator – monitors robots in industrial plants, makes routine and emergency maintenance.

Manager of mobile teams – guides professionals working in different geographies and schedules, defining strategies and joint goals and tracking results.

Mobile service technician – remotely and real time controls the operation of machines and equipment, identifying problems before they even happen.

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