Technology

Young People Believe Their Future Jobs Do Not Exist Yet

Fewer than one-in-five think they have the skills required to future-proof their careers.

BAE Systems used a panel of futurists and technologists to predict future jobs in 2040 (Picture: MOD).

A proportion of young people surveyed believe the speed of technological advances means they will one day have a job that does not yet exist, according to new research.

The defence technology firm, BAE Systems, has found 47% of 16 to 24-year-olds believe they will work in a role that has yet to be created.

The company used a panel of futurists and technologists to predict future jobs in 2040, and the subjects which could provide skills for those jobs.

It included roles such as an AI ethicist, who would be responsible for ensuring artificial intelligence was underpinned by robust ethics - for instance in the case of AI Battlefield Robots.

Fewer than one in five think they have the skills required to future-proof their careers.

BAE Systems's principal technologist Nick Colosimo said: "Advances in technology, engineering and science, mean the workplace of today will look dramatically different in 2040.

"Whilst it's impossible for today's young people to know exactly where their career will take them in the next 20 years, a wide range of skills will be useful in future-proofing the careers of young people today.

"Some of the best technicians at BAE Systems come from different backgrounds, and as future positions evolve, it's important that school leavers embrace the element of the unknown to future-proof their careers."