Industries are constantly evolving. It’s quite topical at the moment but with the advancement of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) there has been an increase in the concern that many roles may become redundant as many people believe that machines will soon replace manual labour. With this in mind, we have put together a shortlist of what we believe to be future-proof roles for Ireland.
1. Cyber Security
Dublin is considered a tech hotspot. A lot of multinational companies have decided to base their European Headquarters in Dublin given the location and low tax rates. Some of the largest companies in the world call Dublin home such as, Facebook, Amazon, Google and Air BnB. Ireland is considered a fantastic location for cyber roles and Ireland is becoming more and more attractive for skilled workers, in particular across EU borders it is an attractive destination and becoming even more attractive as a result of Brexit.
2. Data Scientist
Professionals that are capable of combining technical knowledge with scientific expertise with the ability of reading and understanding the data received will be in high demand. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) roles are producing skills which are in the highest demand in the labour market at present. Alot of students particularly girls are being encouraged to pursue STEM role careers
3. Healthcare professionals
As a result of medical advances and improved diets, people are generally living longer. The healthcare sector will continue to grow and expand in Ireland, with the population of Ireland aged over 85 years or older to increase almost four times, according to the centre for ageing research and development in Ireland.
4. Marketing, Communications & Design
Creative minds are likely to survive any threat from the manufactured artificially intelligent. According to studies social intelligence and media literacy are key skills to be cultivated. With the rise of Social Media Marketing, and the use of Social Media as a strong communication tool for most business’ nowadays Digital Marketing in particular has experienced growth in recent years and this sector is expected to continue growing.
5. Human resources
Companies are finding it difficult to attract and retain top quality talent. In recent years many newly qualified graduates are making the decision to find work overseas and experience different lifestyles and cultures while they have no major commitments. Human Resource professionals, in particular those with data driven human resource strategy combined with emotional intelligence will become a key element for all organisations.
6. Education and training
There continues to be a strong demand in education and training roles. In particular, online learning is providing educators with opportunities to teach students based all over the world. Ireland has one of the strongest education systems worldwide and as long as the population is growing which it is, there will always be a need to teachers and training professionals.
People will always need to eat, and let’s face it most people enjoy going out for a meal. Chefs have both creative intelligence and complex skills which will be very difficult to replace with robots in the future. In Ireland, demand is higher than supply for skilled chefs. Ireland is renowned for its tourism industry. The hospitality industry in Ireland is on the rise again and hotels can’t get enough chef. Many of the clients that we work in close contact with are always looking for a range of chefs, from chefs de partie to sous chefs all the up to head chefs. The art and skill that is required by chefs in the hospitality and food industry is a skill that AI has not yet mastered.