As industries change and evolve, there is a risk of many roles becoming redundant, with this in mind, the world's largest job site Indeed, has compiled a snapshot of future-proofed roles for Ireland.
1. Cyber security expert
Not only is Dublin a booming tech hub that more than 1,200 multinationals call home, but it also currently has the second highest share of cyber security roles advertised in the world, a recent Indeed study has found.
Speaking exclusively to Independent.ie, Indeed EMEA economist Mariano Mamertino said that “Ireland in a good place for cyber roles, and Ireland is becoming more attractive for skilled workers, in particular cross EU borders it is an attractive destination, and becoming even more attractive as a consequence of Brexit.”
2. Data scientist
Employees who combine technical and scientific expertise, with the ability to find important stories in mass information will be in high demand.
“The STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) roles are producing skills which are in the highest demand in the labour market at the moment, studying these subjects is good insurance on your future career and labour market outcomes” Mamertino says.
3. Healthcare professionals
With medical advances and improving diets, people are living longer. The healthcare sector will continue to grow in Ireland, with the number of people aged 85 years or older in Ireland to rise almost fivefold, according to the centre for ageing research and development in Ireland.
Last month Indeed confirmed that there were four nursing jobs available for each jobseeker in the sector, with A&E nursing jobs the hardest to fill.
4. Marketing, communications, and design
Creative professionals are likely to survive any threat from robots and “social intelligence and new media literacy are key skills to be cultivated” according to Indeed.
Digital marketing in particular has experienced recent growth, and this sector is expected to continue developing.
5. Delivery/Logistics management
While there has been a number of technological developments in this area, including drone delivery and driver-less vehicles, humans will always need to be involved in this sector to oversee the process and to ensure comprehensive management of the sector.
According to data from Indeed, “consumer demand has driven an 83pc increase in delivery driver roles over the last 12 months.”
6. Human resources
Companies are facing an increased struggle to attract and retain top talent. Human resource professionals, in particular those who have a data driven human resource strategy combined with emotional intelligence will become key.
7. Gig worker
The gig workers are those who can work independently and with a high degree of autonomy. The relationship between the worker and the company is purely short-term.
Speaking at the Small Firms Association annual conference, to Fiona Kenefick of Deloitte, said that businesses must embrace new ways if thinking about their companies, and, instead of the traditional hierarchical structure they should instil a more agile structure.
8. Education and training
There continues to be a strong demand in education and training roles. In particular, online learning is providing educators with opportunities to teach students based all over the world.
Added to this, there will be a growing importance of non-traditional learning like for example bootcamps, “bootcamps are a growing trend in the US, where companies send employees on intensive short training camps where they learn certain skills, for example coding,” Mamertino says.
For as long as the tech talent shortage persists, employers who tackle the problem with a range of solutions — whether through bootcamps or new hiring and recruiting models — will likely have the best chance of getting the talent they need, according to Indeed.
People will always need to eat, and let’s face it most people enjoy going out for a meal. Chefs have both creative intelligence and complex skills which will be very difficult to replace with robots in the future.
In Ireland, demand is higher than supply for skilled chefs, with 16pc of head chef and 10pc of sous chef positions still advertised on the Indeed website after 60 days.
Mariano Mamertino is EMEA Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab. The research was carried out using real-time data on job seekers and employers behaviour.