What Will the Job Market look like in 5 years?

What will the job market look like in 5 years or ten years?  There will be jobs that we don’t even know exist just as the jobs of the past decade didn’t exist until they did.

Will we be looking for a less educated workforce? Will getting a trade
degree be highly valued? Will we be teaching more trades in high school? Will we be looking for more people who are highly educated in the arts to be thought leaders in businesses?   Will more people be able to make
enough money to support their lives and be creative on the side? 
Will transportation ever be fixed so that people can live rural lives and 
be able to commute into the cities at least once or twice a week with
ease?  Will more companies succeed with a workforce and a C-team
living in multiple cities?  

It just feels like the big social businesses that were built over the past decade are ripe for change as people are looking for more connection and community.  They are also pissed off that their privacy has been sold.  They are still using the platforms but there should be more choices.  We have yet to see what i will be but it’s time and the impact of that will change how we work and the jobs that will be created.   

Just something I have been thinking about.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Yup, important questions with unknown answers.I also think that as the groups we work within become larger and more distributed we need better tools, as none of the channels we have today work. A Telegram channel with 300 people is all but useless and the crazy fact is that the larger the group the poorer the tools to both get and measure and channel engagement become.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Better tools will be the driving force of change

  2. Pranay Srinivasan

    Theres increasing amounts of remote and independent contractor work. LA in many ways is decades ahead of the the rest of US here – the gig economy has existed here in the movie industry where technical teams move from project to project and get well paid.The middle of america is catching up as the fringes get too expensive to work – time was, the cost arbitrage was from San Francisco to India but now its San Francisco to Phoenix or Salt Lake City.Hopefully as this money drives inwards – multiple HQs from Amazon, billions on new offices by Apple and Google we will see additional satellite opportunities grow.My hope is that this blends into web technology skills becoming a skill like plumbing and electricians – Kenzie Academy in Indiana is doing something cool to push this forward.Pranay

    1. Gotham Gal


  3. JLM

    .There is a lot to see in the JOLTs report — the JOLT report tracks openings, jobs, people quitting, and layoffs.What it shows today is there are more openings than unemployed, more openings than recent hirings, people are quitting without fear (an odd statistic, people are so confident they can do better in the existing job market they are quitting) and layoffs.Layoffs are flat.The increase in wages is going to re-shuffle the deck. In hot real estate markets, try to find a master plumber. Good luck.Plumbers are making the equivalent of $150/hr and can work as many hours as they want. This is going to drive muscle labor as the compensation drives outcomes. Plumbing is part artistry, part engineering, part metal craft, part code, and part math.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…https://uploads.disquscdn.c

    1. P Donohue

      I am a science consumer and read a minimum of 2 to 5 peer reviewed papers of multiple disciplines, from all over the world, daily. There are interesting technologies percolating such as Graphene (and its allotropes), Metamaterials and liquid robotics, just to name a few. Then there is AI.All of science will benefit from AI.AI will supercharge scientific discovery. New, fundamentally disruptive technologies will come to market much faster causing multiple “Kodak Moments” in different industries, all at once.When entire industries begin to go extinct in quick succession, we will have a “power curve” of people suddenly unemployable do to extinct skill sets.Its not a question of if, but when, and as a result we will have a huge social problem. Thus we must prepare and a “Police State” is not the best response.

      1. Gotham Gal

        Police state is def. it the answer

  4. limabean

    So what will an internship with a fortune 100 company look like perhaps even more important

    1. Gotham Gal

      Good question

  5. P Donohue

    “What will the job market look like in 5 years or ten years?”The rate of technological change is geometric in its progression and we are at the knee of its power curve. For example, the electric cars, such as Tesla, will replace the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and they will be able to drive themselves. The same goes for the Trucking Industry. Thus, all jobs that involve driving will be at risk. Also, most jobs that revolve around ICE technology will begin to fade (see GM), as too will those involved with the Oil Biz.I believe ten years to be the tipping point for major disruption as AI will begin to more fully bloom. AI + internet + smartphone + the totality of all human knowledge instantly available at a moments notice, curated by AI, will bring disruption like never before.Currently, I am in search of a chemistry AI to help automate design of molecules with a specific feature. If it does not exist, it soon will.https://youtu.be/9dH_Me3dJk8 https://youtu.be/xUCixKr-PZo

    1. Gotham Gal

      Not sure it will take ten years