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How to future-proof your career

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Information Age

By Brenda Aynsley on Apr 28 2015 10:27AM

Much has been written about the rapid rate of technology development and the impacts of digital disruption on business, government and the community.

Today, there are dozens of job roles that didn't exist as little as three years ago -- roles such as data scientists, iPhone and Android app developers, cloud computer specialists and social media marketers have all emerged as a result of new technologies.

However, while these new, more specialised jobs appear, many other roles are disappearing as a consequence of exponential growth in computing power, the rise of intelligent machines and associated changes in business processes.

Over the next 20 years, this process is expected to accelerate with 47 per cent of existing jobs at risk of being replaced by technology, according to a 2013 paper by Michael Osborne and Carl Benedikt Frey of Oxford University. They identified roles in administration, finance, legal, customer service and education as most likely to be affected.'

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