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The Future Workforce Needs These Skills

The world of work is changing. We're more connected than ever before, revolutionary technologies are emerging, and people are communicating in new languages every single day. Experts have estimated that over 5 million jobs will be lost to automation and technology by 2020 - which is why people need to become adaptive and gain skills that will ensure employment down the road. Let's dive into the jobs with the most growth potential.

DELIVERY & ON DEMAND

In the past, "on-demand" simply related to instant television episodes. Now just about anything can be done with the click of a button: in addition to the ever-popular rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber, users are ordering laundry services, massages, even dog-walking from their phones. You can even arrange for someone to wait in line for you with services like Task Rabbit.

This "gig economy" created three types of jobs almost overnight:

Side-hustlers (or full-time hustlers) who drive, walk, massage, or stand in line for the users as a source of income.

App companies being pitched, created, and invested-in at lightning speeds. They need employees to build the technology (what language should it be built in?), optimize it for the best user experience (how seamlessly can we get the user through the shopping cart?) and ensure that it works correctly (constant updates in phone technology means constant quality assurance checks.) Software developer jobs will grow 18.8% between now and 2024, according to the BLS.

Delivery services are at an all-time high. Shoppers are spending a record amount of money online. Every item purchased online needs to be delivered - by plane, by train, or by truck or car. Each of these delivery vehicles needs to be built, serviced, and operated.

CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity breaches and network hacks have graced the headlines of national news lately. With almost all of our personal information and financial transactions happening over the internet, it's no surprise that criminals want access to the back end of the web. Experts predict there will be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by 2019, according to Forbes. Hackers aren't going anywhere - so if you're looking for a skill that will scale into the next 5, 10, or 15 years, cybersecurity is a great bet.

PEOPLE SKILLS: SALES & GROWTH

While it's true that a large amount of jobs will be overtaken by technology and automation, there are plenty of opportunities that are so communication-based, they're almost untouchable. Enter: Sales and Marketing. It's going to take a long time for a robot to be able to read someone's emotions and form emotionally intelligent conversations.

Marketing careers (specifically market research analysts and marketing specialists) will increase by 18.6% by 2025.