Jobs That May Be Slipping Away - And Those That Are Here To Stay

June 13, 2014   //   News

Is Your Job Safe from Computerization? Keep Reading to Find Out…
According to a 2013 Oxford study entitled “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerisation,” 47 percent of total U.S. unemployment could see job loss or a decrease in employment due to technological advancements. What’s a worker to do?

“Job seekers should follow the wisdom of hockey great Wayne Gretzky who said, ‘I skate to where the puck will be, not where it is,'” says Steve Langerud, a workplace consultant and managing partner of career guidance organization Steve Langerud & Associates, LLC in Grinnell, Iowa.

The key lies in figuring out which jobs are going away and which jobs are growing – and then preparing to pursue what’s poised to thrive.

If you’re worried that there’s no way to protect yourself from the inevitable loss of your livelihood to automation, there’s good news. The Oxford study also found that the more education you have, the less likely it is that your job will be computerized.

With that in mind, we’ve highlighted six jobs that may be slipping away according to the study, along with six high-growth alternatives to consider pursuing.

Career That’s Here To Stay #1: Human Resources Managers

Likelihood of Computerization: 0.55 percent

The unsung heroes of virtually any company with more than a handful of employees, human resources managers coordinate administrative functions for an organization. They interview and hire staff, consult with top executives, and serve as a link between management and the workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Brighter Outlook Factor: One thing a computer can’t replace is human interaction, and human resources managers’ jobs are all about human interaction. “While technology will assist HR managers in doing their jobs, I don’t see a total elimination of HR staff happening anytime soon,” says Amanda Haddaway, career expert and author of “Destination Real World: Success after Graduation.”

“As compliance and employment law have taken center stage, there’s still a need for human interpretation and application that a computer just simply isn’t capable of yet.”

The statistics seem to confirm this. Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, adding 13,600 new jobs.*

Preparing For This Career: Interested in this field? According to the Department of Labor, you’ll usually need a bachelor’s degree in human resources or business administration, although an alternative is to complete a bachelor’s in a different field and take courses in subjects related to human resources like organizational development, industrial psychology, or labor or industrial relations.

The Department also notes that experienced individuals with backgrounds in areas such as business management, finance, information technology, and education can fill some positions, and that for higher level jobs, a master’s degree in labor relations, human resources, or a Master of Business Administration degree are sometimes required.

Career That’s Here To Stay #2: Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Likelihood of Computerization: 3 percent

Network and computer systems administrators install an organization’s computer systems, networks, and other data communication systems, as well as providing organization and support, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Brighter Outlook Factor: While we might rely on computers to handle more and more of our job responsibilities, we will need people to oversee those computers. This is where the network and computer systems administrators come into play, according to Patrick O’Rourke, who is responsible for talent acquisition and development at IT Consulting firm SWC Technology Partners, Inc.

“I believe that network and computer systems administrators will continue to be the backbone of IT operations, because the human element of troubleshooting, escalating, and communicating these issues on the fly cannot be fully automated,” says O’Rourke, “The need for qualified professionals that draw upon experiences and consider the human element of IT remains a top priority when assessing an organization’s overall IT health.”

That need for the human element may be one of the reasons that this career is projected to enjoy 42,900 new jobs, representing growth of 12 percent from 2012 to 2022.*

Preparing For This Career: If you’re interested in prepping to pursue this career, consider earning your bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science, which is what most employers require for this job, according to the Department.

The Department does say that some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, and a degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering is usually acceptable too.

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This article, “Jobs That May Be Slipping Away – And Those That Are Here To Stay” originally appeared online at Yahoo! Education.