Although predicting what jobs will look like decades away cannot be done accurately, the next 10 to 15 years will see the use of data and analytics, and technologies, such as automation, AI, augmented and virtual reality, and robotics, increasingly integrate into the workforce – and at a much faster pace than we have experienced previously.

Predictions about which jobs will exist in the future may not be perfect, but we can speculate, with a level of confidence, about some of the new types of roles and skill sets that will be required as these new technologies build momentum.

In the present context, this is important. Firstly, because we need to avoid unnecessary public anxiety about the impact of digital disruption on the availability of jobs. To build confidence about our future and the reality that is technological disruption, the community needs a positive and realistic narrative that resonates with them about where we are heading and how we propose to ‘get there’.

Secondly, by articulating the sorts of jobs that are emerging or on the horizon, we are better placed to prepare. This includes anticipating the scope, scale and priority of skills required, and how these can be developed and delivered.

While ICT professionals have been largely driving the development of new technologies across a broad range of sectors and disciplines, workers across the board will need to embrace new digital and technological advances, and opportunities to ensure all our industries remain competitive.

Sectors need to be thinking now about the technologies specifically impacting their businesses and the implications for skills development and workforce planning.

Make sure you’re part of this important discussion!

Navigate technology and the jobs of the future at our Summit – 22 March in Canberra.