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The Future of Work: Top 5 Jobs of the Future

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The world is an unpredictable place. As technology develops at a rapid pace and the future looks uncertain for a range of reasons, it can be hard to predict what the future may look like.

Having said that, certain trends such as AI, online content, and big data have become firmly entrenched in the business sector and the world in general, which gives us insight into the jobs that will be needed in the years and decades to come.

Here are some of the most in-demand roles which are predicted to be top jobs of the future.

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5 Jobs in High Demand Now and in the Future 

Big Data and AI

Modern companies need to gather, manage, and analyse large sets of data to better understand their customers and improve their processes. AI tools are also increasingly coming into play as part of data management, along with many other aspects of business.

Therefore, it’s unsurprising that there’s a high demand and short supply of professionals skilled in big data and AI. With companies relying ever more on data and AI, these jobs are only set to become more important in the future.

Some of the data science jobs that are currently in demand and are predicted to be in the future include:

A degree in data management, data analytics, or business analytics is usually required for any role in data management. EDHEC’s Master of Science in Data Management & Business Analytics is perfect for professionals looking to transition into big data and AI roles. This programme will give you the essential skills and knowledge you need to be successful in a wide range of exciting big data roles.

There are also shorter courses that allow you to skill up in specific AI tools, such as our Investment Management with Python & Machine Learning MOOC.


Unfortunately, cyber threats have become a modern business reality for companies of all sizes and across virtually every sector. In 2020, small businesses alone were hit by more than 700,000 attacks totaling $2.8 billion in damages. 

As a result, cybersecurity is now an essential part of business strategy, and cybersecurity professionals are some of the most valuable employees of any company.

Some of the most highly-paid and in-demand cyber security roles are:

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Forensic Analyst
  • Security Architect
  • Application Security Engineer

Cybersecurity technology is developing rapidly, but cyber criminals and malicious actors are working just as quickly to come up with new tools to breach companies’ cyber defences. Therefore, it’s almost certain that cybersecurity professionals will continue to be in high demand in the long run.


As business becomes ever more global, consumers can buy products from vendors literally anywhere in the world, and businesses can establish an international client base. This means that ecommerce is here to stay. This sector has boomed in recent years and is predicted to thrive for many years to come.

There are a range of exciting roles you could pursue in the ecommerce sector. These range from technical roles, such as business analysts and web developers, to content and marketing roles. You could even run your own ecommerce business, whether that may be a drop-shipping venture or an online shopping platform.

The qualifications and experience you’ll need to excel in the world of ecommerce will greatly depend on the sector and the specific role you’re interested in. If you’re looking to manage an ecommerce company or start your own enterprise, a diploma in Business Management such as EDHEC Online MSc in International Business Management will set you up with the solid grounding in market trends and business strategies you’ll need.

Content Production

There’s no denying that content is an essential part of modern business. Virtually every company today relies on quality content to drive their marketing strategies, connect with their customer base, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. This makes content production one of the top jobs of today and into the future.

A content producer is typically responsible for creating and managing content. The exact role can vary depending on the type of content they’re responsible for, such as web, social media, or video content. 

However, these professionals typically need to ensure that all content is high-quality, informative, accurate, and optimised to meet the company’s needs. Content producers may create content from scratch, or they may curate and repurpose existing content, and often drive and manage content strategies to support business goals.

With the recent boom in generative AI tools, some are afraid that this technology will replace the need for content producers. However, AI can’t match human-generated content in a number of ways: it lacks nuance and creativity, and AI has no fact-checking technology.

Google recently learnt this lesson the hard way. The company suffered a $100 billion loss in market value after a promotion video featured its chatbot providing inaccurate information.

With high-profile mistakes like this, it’s likely that companies will continue to rely on human content producers for some time to come. Furthermore, AI can open up different opportunities in content production, as roles refocus around content editing, research, and content ideation and planning, using AI tools.

Web Development

Web development centres around creating, designing, and maintaining websites and online applications. This may involve client-facing (or front-end) elements, which cover user interfaces and interactions. Web developers may also work on server-side (back-end) development, which deals with factors such as storage, logic, and integration.

Professionals in the field are currently in high demand and this demand is predicted to continue well into the future. To work as a web developer, you’ll need a number of certain technical skills, such as an in-depth knowledge of programming languages like JavaScript and C#.

Like content creation, some aspects of web development are becoming automated. While AI tools can  make certain aspects of development (notably coding) more efficient, it cannot replace a human web developer. This is a complex, multi-layered role that involves a variety of tasks and processes, many of which cannot be automated. 

Not only will web developers continue to be in demand, but jobs in the industry are predicted to grow. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a very high growth in web developer and digital designer roles in that country of 23% between 2021 and 2031.

Kickstart your Future Career with EDHEC

The world is changing rapidly, and the business world is no exception. Roles that will be in the most demand in the future centre around technology, such as big data, AI, web development, and ecommerce.

To kickstart your career with one of these exciting jobs of the future, you’ll need the right combination of skills, experience, and qualifications.

EDHEC online offers a range of fully-online courses that let you study from anywhere, on your own schedule. This allows you to gain a recognised qualification and accelerate your career while meeting work and personal commitments.

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