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Job Trends for the Next 10 Years. Five Industries to Watch

by | Jan 22, 2020 | Career Progression

Jobs and career development are a critical component of our society and economy – this is true, globally. Employment gives people purpose and dignity, a sense of achievement and, of course, an income and livelihood. 

With Artificial Intelligence and Automation being the buzzwords that threaten the employment ratios in many industries, job candidates and students find themselves gazing into the future, searching for some foresight on the jobs that will be in demand in the next 10 years in South Africa. 

It’s Not As Bad As People Think

While many still harbour fears of being replaced by machines, we see a future that is bright with opportunity, as the 4th Industrial Revolution opens doors into industries in ways we’d never dreamed.  We predict careers that have never existed before, as well as some current careers seeing an increase in demand to meet the growing needs of booming industries, such as tech, education, medical health and product development. 



Five Jobs That Will Be in Demand in the Next 10 Years in South Africa

Research shows that, while South Africa lags behind on the 4IR, the following professions will see significant growth and demand in the next 10 years:


Perhaps the biggest surprise is the rising need for teachers. In fact, this is one of the fastest-growing gaps, particularly in the areas of teaching English, history and philosophy, as well as teachers in schools designed for children with special needs. 




If there’s one thing that AI can’t offer, it’s an authentic, personalized or tailor-made product or service. Millennials – who are currently the big spenders – are leaning away from the cold convenience of mass-production, in favour of “that something special”. The result? City high streets lined with bustling, authentic offerings that appeal to shoppers who will pay for an authentic human experience. 



Digital Creatives

As the tech industry skyrockets, creatives can rest assured that their skills remain essential to the continued growth of the digital world, gaming and computerization. Website designers, user experience analysts, digital marketers, writers and gaming developers are a few examples of creative positions that can expect to thrive in the next 10 years. 



Creatives: Solutions and Concepts

Creativity is not always about art – it’s been strongly suggested that in the near future, a company’s success will be reliant on creative leadership that pioneers new product concepts and service solutions. More and more companies are developing roles, and entire departments, dedicated to creative concepts and solutions in order to stay ahead of the competition. 



Hospitality & Catering

The insatiable human longing for travel and culinary experiences not only secures the hospitality and catering sector but amplifies it. A shortage of personnel already exists in these industries, and this demand is predicted to continue to grow exponentially over the next 10 years. Some of the most in-demand roles are hotel management and executive chefs. 



Being Prepared For Change

As we kick off the new decade,  we examine the jobs that will be in demand in the next 10 years in South Africa. We find ourselves optimistic about the opportunities that will become available to the marketplace, and to the students of Assessment College. 

It’s said:  “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” 

Ask our faculty about our short courses or qualifications, and prepare yourself for the future by investing in your growth.