Within the next five years, estimates indicate that automation could cancel out about five million jobs. Fortunately, as they disappear, new jobs take their place. 80% of the jobs one might see seven years from now do not exist yet.
According to research by Microsoft and IDC, cloud computing is set to create over 515,000 jobs in core markets throughout Africa and the Middle East between now and 2022, and not only in IT. The job opportunities will include sales, marketing, administration, finance, services, and production.
Around 50% of US enterprises already use the cloud, and firms in Africa and the Middle East are catching up – with cloud data centre traffic set to expand by 440% by 2020.
One career field that has seen strong growth is the cloud computing specialist. To address the issue of a skills gap in Africa and the Middle East, Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Cloud Society Programme, offering face-to-face engagement, training, and certification opportunities. In just over a year, the programme has grown to more than 100,000 members.
Another fast-growing career field is big data analyst. With data volumes expanding at around 40% a year because of cloud adoption, it should come as no surprise that people who can process and analyse this data are in high demand.
According to Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America 2018, data scientist has been named as the best career in the US for the past three years, with a job satisfaction rating of 84%.
In Africa, there is a growing shortage of skilled people to fill these positions, creating a market for companies providing the training.