The Future of Jobs

According to LinkedIn’s analysis across 15 countries, the most trending jobs for 2021 can be done away from workspaces. If this continues, in the next couple of years, new technology jobs will be in vogue. 

According to a World Economic Forum report, the work from home scenario has been successful and hence convinced at least 84% of employers to expand remote working.

This is bringing about a digital revolution and this can affect people in multiple ways.

Digital transformation means a new opportunity

The Future of Jobs Report saw an increase in the number of people looking for online learning opportunities, and also in employer provision of online learning, and online learners accessing such programmes through government initiatives. Unemployed people have focused more on learning digital skills, such as data analysis and information technology.

The shift is also enabling a career change for many – from sales to social media, research to medical writing, and entrepreneur to a life coach.


Here is a list of the top 10 job categories driving the job market:

  1. Specialised Medical Professionals – Especially post COVID-19 scenario, medical professionals with training on how to deal with the virus and its effects are in demand.
  2. Digital Content Freelancers – Every organization is going digital and a major chunk of going digital involves content creation. Content creation can be considered a part-time or freelancing job that companies require for their benefit.
  3. Healthcare Supporting Staff – Support staff of healthcare like nurses and aids are a necessary job now. When doctors and scientists are fighting to find a cure, it’s these frontline workers who they need for assistance.
  4. E-Commerce – Post COVID-19, all companies are becoming digital. This has made a huge change in the commerce section. E-Commerce is in vogue and people with knowledge of this are in demand.
  5. Digital Marketing Specialists – With online usage increasing year on year, companies moved to capitalise on increased E-Commerce activity. They started off hiring Digital Marketing specialists. 
  6. Business Development and Sales Roles – Whilst industries like travel, hospitality and retail were hit hard by the pandemic, industries like software and technology enabling digital transformation saw an upward trend in the region. This resulted in more salespeople being hired for business development purposes.
  7. Professional and Personal Coaches – Across industries, people lost jobs and thus people adjusted their career paths to become Professional and Personal Coaches of whom most were self-employed.
  8. Creative Professionals – Freelance Writers and Video Producers were in high demand in 2020, with more companies looking to enhance their digital presence with high-quality content.
  9. Education Roles – Education-related roles like teaching assistants became in-demand positions over a period of time post-COVID-19 solving employment problems mostly for women. 
  10. General Business Roles – With many organisations having to adapt their business plans in order to keep up with fast-changing customer needs, it stands to reason that business-related roles soared in 2020.


The focus on technology aligns with findings from LinkedIn in 2020 on the top 10 most in-demand jobs, all of which relied heavily on digital capabilities, including software development, data analytics, digital marketing and graphic design.


Old and New Job Roles

While job roles like Data entry clerks, relationship managers, legal secretaries, customer service workers have become redundant and old, the new job roles emerging are different.

The top 10 among the emerging job roles are:

  1. Digital Marketing and strategy specialists
  2. AI and Machine learning specialists
  3. Data Analysts and Scientists
  4. Business Development Professionals
  5. Internet of things specialists
  6. Business services and administration managers
  7. Project managers
  8. Process automation specialists
  9. Lawyers
  10. Financial Analysts


The future of jobs

50 % of all future jobs will face a drastic change due to automation and to do most would require knowledge and digital skills. Low skill professionals will be at risk of losing jobs if they do not upskill and adapt to the oncoming digital era because after automation and AI implementation only high, technically skilled employees who can work alongside machines will be in demand. So employees must be made aware of the skills required to cope up to this and build a more inclusive future for the job world.