The eight most future-proof jobs

In the up-coming decades, many activities that are currently being carried out by people will be automated. But there are also professions that will remain.

Robotization has a major impact on the labor market and the modern workforce. Data from Indeed show that the most promising careers of the future consist of work that complements machine work. Or work that largely depends on human skills and therefore can not be replaced by a computer.

The eight most future-proof jobs are:

Cybersecurity expert

Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly widespread and are also becoming increasingly sophisticated. Employers are therefore eagerly looking for the right personnel to protect their company, which has led to increased demand for cybersecurity professionals. In the Netherlands alone, the cybersecurity sector brings in 7.2 billion euros and 61,600 people are working in this area. This is partly due to the fact that one of the most important internet nodes in the world is located in Amsterdam. In addition, the most important security cluster in Europe is located in The Hague: The Hague Security Delta (HSD).

Data scientist

Now that we can collect, store and analyze more and more information, the demand for data scientists is increasing. Professionals who combine technical and scientific expertise with the ability to extract important information from large amounts of data (Big Data, ed.) are becoming very popular. Job seekers are already aware of this trend: the number of times that a job in the data sciences is sought has increased by 86% in the last twelve months.

Healthcare professionals

The health sector continues to grow, which also means that aging becomes a challenge. It appears from data from Indeed that 47% of the nursing vacancies are still difficult to fill. This type of job is highly dependent on people and they are not automated for the time being. Very strong social and communication skills, dedication and patience are required - properties that can not be replaced by machines.

Marketing, communication and design

Machines can do a lot, but they lack the ability to come up with new and surprising ideas. Creative professions that focus on a complex combination of ideas, words and images with shared cultural and social values are probably not so quickly taken over by machines. Social intelligence and knowledge of new media are also highly desirable skills in the future. Digital marketing has recently grown and probably continues to do so, especially in promising markets where it is still underdeveloped.

Delivery / Logistics management

Emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, determine the future of the logistics sector. This does not mean that the entire sector can be automated; Personnel are always needed to understand and manage the highly complex global delivery and logistics chain processes.

The modernization of the global logistics sector, which is accompanied by the growing popularity of online retail and food delivery services, has strongly influenced the demand for drivers. There is increasing demand for senior logistics professionals who understand the technology and can combine technology and logistics procedures as well as possible to optimize processes.

Human resources

Companies compete at international level for the best candidates. A data-driven HR strategy is already an important part of the success of the company and in the future this plays an even greater role. Candidate selection and recruitment are even more data-driven, and automatic screening based on machine learning and with the help of analytics is becoming increasingly popular. HR professionals have the greatest chance of success when they combine soft skills and emotional intelligence with software and analytics.


The gig economy, or platform economy, is growing in popularity. Gig-workers are people who work independently and often only briefly contract with a certain company. Although there is a worldwide discussion about the deployment of this type of staff, Indeed notes that in the past 12 months more and more users are looking for flexible and part-time work. This trend is likely to continue for the time being. The gig-workers group consists mainly of millennials; more than 42% are looking for flexible, temporary work compared to only 11% of the generation X group (born between 1961 and 1980).


Some things never change. People continue to enjoy being able to eat out and not have to cook themselves. Cooks combine creative intelligence and complex actions in a way that is very difficult for machines to imitate. The top 3 vacancies that are most difficult to fill: sous chef (41%), commis de cuisine, or future chef (30%), and chef de partie (27%).

Source: Indeed
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