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Knowledge workers: the jobs that will always be in demand

In part three of our Future of Work series, we look at the jobs that will stand the test of time and technology.

As our economy evolves with the availability of new technology, it is predicted that we’ll increasingly require professional ‘knowledge workers’ or simply put, workers who have completed university training.

These workers and their technical skills are expected to be the driving force behind Australia’s future knowledge economy.

So who exactly are they?

The 'Technocrats':

• This group sits at the centre of the knowledge worker segment.

• They are highly trained, highly skilled and highly paid.

• Technocrats analyse, manage and improve consumer products and services.

• They create and control the know-how that drives the methods of production.

• Without the technocrats, businesses would cease to evolve.

Team Technocrat: Members of HIVE UAV - a drone startup in Newcastle. 

Technocrats can be business entrepreneurs, work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Examples of jobs in this space include electrical engineer, civil engineer, engineering manager and industrial engineer. In the future, it will also include professions like business owner, computer programmer, medical researcher and website designer.

Check out the video below that features one group of technocrats - they are from HIVE UAV, a drone start-up based in Newcastle.

With access to fast and reliable broadband overthe nbn™ network, they are able to communicate, share imagery and deliver services to their regional and rural clients much quicker, and have the flexibility to stay local while operating globally.

Snapshots from HIVE UAV operations in Newcastle.

The 'Specialists'

  • These are university-educated workers, whose specialist professions are required to maintain systems and deliver outcomes.

  • A great example of Specialists is doctors. So while medical researcher (Technocrat) might discover and commercialise a new health break, it must be dispensed and managed by specialist health care professionals, like doctors.
Some other examples of specialist professions of the future include jobs in finance, dentistry, urban planning and teaching.

As increased connectivity and digital disruption continue to revolutionise the way our economy grows and operates, it is anticipated that we will look to these two groups – the Technocrats and Specialists – to guide our future workforce towards a bright future.

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