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Future Work Predictions

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A new future of work

How might the developed world look for the next generation of job seekers?

A common topic of discussion when reviewing Morrisby Profile results is 'what are the jobs of the future?

Morrisby does not include careers such as 'Cyber city analyst', 'Personal data broker', 'Quantum programmer' and  scores of other jobs and careers which appear in the literature below. The reason is that there are currently no bespoke qualifications, no structured pathways to entry, and limited coverage of these future careers in the mainstream career information portals. Many are also not 'first jobs' and are likely to be available only to those who are already well established in existing mainstream careers.

Rest assured that we are fully aware of the rapidly changing nature of work and as formalised training evolves or these careers become more commonplace we will be adding them to our current list of 625+ careers.

Picking an industry sector
Planning to be skilled and well positioned to succeed in the job market of the future makes sense, as long as you are not planning just around availability and the growth industries. There is a balance to find but it would be a sad world if achieving work satisfaction is not the focus of those starting out on their 40 + year working life. 


Recent work on the near future of work is the role of the National Skills Commission. Their 2021 report outlining the expected future demand for over 700 careers/jobs including regional variations can be found here:

Not just qualifications
Finally, research is clear that employers are looking for more than technical skills and knowledge in their recruits. A key set of skills are 'transferable skills'. Morrisby are partners with The Skillsbuilder Partnership ( to manage the development and tracking of the 8 core skills of :

Listening, Speaking, Problem solving, Creativity, Staying positive, Aiming high, Leadership, Teamwork.

The list of links below is far from exhaustive.

From the Foundation for Young Australians, a must-read report on “The New Work Smarts” – ‘Thriving in the New Work Order’

From the Australia Institute, Centre for Future Work, summarises (and links to) a major new report on challenges faced by university graduates finding work; worth reading when considering degree studies

From Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, links to a publication on the Future of Work in Australia, which examines the changes in the organisation of work, the kinds of careers young people can expect and where they should focus their education

From the Australian Govt website Job Outlook, this section lists industries and occupations where employment is most likely to be available in the future

From the Australian Govt Labour Market Information Portal, this links to a series of reports on industry, occupation, skill level and regional projections for the 5 years to May, 2024.

From 3AW NewsTalk, a summary of the Department of Employment data on future of work in Australia, with audio comment on how the aging population is driving demand for many professions.

Article from, based on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, which briefly covers the jobs to go for (and avoid) by 2024

From the Australian Govt “Australian Jobs” website, this section focuses on technological change and the workforce, with links to articles on Skills for the Future, Industry and Occupation Outlook

From the National Skills Commission listing 25 emerging careers

From Career FAQs, an article on 4 Trends to Look Out for in an increasingly globalised workforce (published 2015)

From Career FAQs, this article examines 12 Industries of the Future
(published 2017)

From Career FAQs, this looks at the impact of technology on the way people will work in Australia, both in terms of job creation and destruction.

From Robert Half (HR consulting firm), this article explores 5 HR jobs of the future in Australia

From Tech Republic, this article covers 21 tech job titles of the future, such as Data Detective and Ethical Sourcing Officer

US article from The Enterprisers Project, where 12 emerging IT job titles with bright futures are explained

From Business Student (US) this article focuses on future roles in the finance industry, where technology will impact, creating new jobs eg Blockchain Developer

US article detailing 20 jobs, predicted to be in high demand in the near future (published 2017)

From Digital Trends (US), this article focuses on 7 future roles that will exist in the age of automation in a variety of fields

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