9 "Future-Proof" Careers, According To The World's Largest Job Site

The world will always need good chefs. Unsplash / Jorge Zapata

Rosie McCall 02 Jun 2018, 20:00

The automation of jobs has many advantages, like increased productivity. However, the main disadvantage is that people are concerned their careers may become obsolete in the next few decades.

A recent study showed that millennials in general choose professions that are more "future-proof," and less likely to be taken over by machines, but that still leaves many unsure of whether a robot will steal their job or not.

The world's number one job site, Indeed, has over 200 million unique visitors per month, which gives them an insight into what kinds of jobs are available, and what skills are in demand.

Based on this data, Indeed's EMEA economist Mariano Mamertino has come up with a list of nine career paths — exclusive to Business Insider — that are the least likely to be taken over by machines, or will complement their work.

Mamertino said that the occupations which will be harder to automate "often involve managing and developing people" and "decision-making and strategic planning, or creative work."

"Machines have the potential to make the workplace more efficient, by automating mechanical and routine processes, but humans will always play a key-role at the centre," he said. 

Scroll down to see if your career makes the list, which is ranked in ascending order by average salary, according to data from Indeed and job search site Glassdoor.

Chef — £18,730 per year.

People will always enjoy the experience of going out for dinner and trying new flavours. Without a chef who is able to taste, new and innovative menus wouldn't be so readily available.

A robot wouldn't be able to combine manual skills with creativity the way a chef does, no matter how hard they try.

In the UK, chefs are in demand, with 22.4% of Head Chef, 22% of Sous Chef, and 21.3% of Executive Chef jobs remaining on the Indeed website for more than 60 days.

Marketing, communications, and design — Around £25,000 per year.

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Machines aren't great at critical thinking, or coming up with new and exciting ideas, so your creativity may well be future-proof.

People who design for a living, or who work with ideas, words, and images will probably survive the increase in automation, because machines don't function like humans. Not yet, at least.

Healthcare professionals — £26,380 per year.

Some roles are not going to be taken over by machines for a long time — if at all — because they require human interaction. Healthcare professionals are very much in this category. Nursing requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, which are things you probably won't get from any machine that exists now.

At the moment, in the UK home care nursing jobs are the hardest to fill in the sector, so if you have this job you are still rare and in-demand.

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