The jobs of the future that will survive the AI revolution

While the debate rages on about the exact consequences of the use of automation in the workplace,  IT firm Cognizant has identified what it claims are the jobs of the future. Of the jobs Cognizant tracks, 45 actually exist today, such as data scientist and aerospace engineer. The other five are “proxy” jobs, the key characteristics of which the report sets out to define.

To track the emergence of these jobs and changes in the workforce, Cognizant has created what it calls the Jobs of the Future Index, a quarterly report that measures changes in demand for 50 jobs that are either set to experience growth in demand in the future.

Included in the index are the five proxy jobs, which Cognizant expects to be vital parts of their respective industries in the future. These jobs are:

  • Master of Edge Computing: Evaluates technical requirements and feasibility of establishing an edge processing unit.
  • Cyber Calamity Forecaster: Forecasts, monitors and detects cyber threats and predicts their impact.
  • AR Journey Builder: Collaborates with engineers and artists to create customer-focused augmented reality experiences.
  • Tidewater Architect: Plans and executes projects that work with nature in urban environments, requiring hydro-engineering, civil engineering and architectural design skills.
  • Fitness Commitment Counsellor: Provides one-on-one remote coaching and counselling session to patients.

In the third quarter of 2018, Cognizant recorded more than 44,000 available jobs in those fields, while the number of jobs available is currently growing at a rate of more than 37 percent annually.

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