The Jobs of the Future

Here's an activity to get your students thinking about the careers of tomorrow.

Two-thirds of Americans believe that, in 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work that humans do now. The World Economic Forum’s 2016 report, The Future of Jobs, estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020 and that the number will keep growing.

What do you think? Should this knowledge change how and what we teach our students?

It's a fact that over the next decade, new categories of jobs will appear. Some of these new jobs will completely displace or change existing jobs. The future job market will demand new skills, strategies, and knowledge that will transform how and where people work.

So what do students need to learn to prepare for the jobs of the future? Why don't we ask them?

Here's a fun activity that will engage them in this very question.  

First, download our free jobs-of-the-future worksheet to help you facilitate this activity.

Next, you will ask your students to imagine the jobs of the future.

Divide them into pairs, or small working groups, to brainstorm answers to the following three questions:

  1. What jobs might no longer exist in 10 years?

  2. What new jobs might exist in 10 years?

  3. What skills will be needed for these new jobs?


Ask the students to pair and share their ideas. Let us know how this activity works for you.

Please share this free classroom resource: jobs-of-the-future worksheet.

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