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What jobs might there be in the future that do not exist today?



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Photo: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY 2011

The world of work is constantly changing, reflecting developments in technology, work organisation, and the needs of our society. Professions should meet current practical requirements and provide sustainable employment opportunities for appropriately trained workers. It is unlikely, therefore, that the world of work will experience a revolution, but rather that it will undergo a process of continuous evolution.
One important trend is that professionals are facing increasingly demanding expectations. Forecasts indicate that highly qualified personnel will still be required in the future. Today, vocational training focuses primarily on developing skills, such as problem solving, customer orientation and “green skills” (working in a resource-efficient manner).
What jobs will exist in the future? Big Data Manager or Artificial Food Designer, perhaps? Whatever the job titles are, it is certain that the service sector, healthcare, the food industry and IT will all become even more important in the future.

Dr Susann Beetz of the Ideas 2020 team answered this question in consultation with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BBIB).