The Future of Jobs

The world of work is changing and we are now in what is known as the fourth industrial revolution. Technological advancement, including artificial intelligence, means some jobs will disappear and new ones will emerge. Being adaptable, analytical, creative and a critical thinker are among the skills needed in a future world of work.

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Computers are revolutionising the world of work, so it's important to choose a career that will survive their impact. No-one can say with certainty what the future work environment will look like but experts predict that these seven career areas will have the most promising future:

1. Medicine and health care

2. Renewable energy and green jobs

3. Information technology

4. International and environmental law

5. Content creation and marketing

6. Data science

7. Financial analysis

Find out more by visiting the Careers NZ website: '7 careers with a promising future'

Occupation Outlook is a great tool for exploring study and career options, with extensive information on labour supply and demand in over 100 occupations in New Zealand. The website (or App if you wish to download it) outlines how to enter each role, how many are studying in related fields, how many are employed, and what the average incomes are. It also outlines what are the prospects of getting a job in that occupation once you have completed the qualifications required.

Think about jobs that have opportunities and that might be in demand

Immigration New Zealand produces a skill shortage list that helps to identify where the skill gaps are in New Zealand: NZ Long Term Skill Shortage List

However, while this information is useful, this alone should not be the criteria for choosing a career pathway - it should be linked to your interests and strengths, as you want to find any future career fulfilling.