According to a new study a number of people are studying and preparing for jobs that will soon cease to exist. Did your job make the list?

Are you studying for nothing?

According to a recent report by the Foundation for Young Australians, you could be.

The new report has revealed that young Aussies will be the hardest hit under a new future of work, as both the economy and labour market undergo significant changes over the coming decades.

It found that a whopping 70 per cent of young Aussies are already getting their first job in roles that may not exist in the future, due to automation.

CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, Jan Owen says the findings confirm the urgent need for a comprehensive national investment in young Australians, to ensure the next generation is prepped for the economy of the future and equipped with the tools to drive it.

“Australia is already facing the challenge of an aging population and the subsequent shrinking workforce and if our nation is going to overcome these challenges, young people must be given the opportunity to drive the economy forward,” she says.

“The future of work is going to be very different. Many of the changes could be great for our nation, but they also could be devastating – for young people in particular – if we don’t take the right actions to prepare for this vastly different world.”

Ms Owens says the report found that nearly 60 per cent of Australian students (71 per cent in VET) are currently studying or training for occupations where at least two third of jobs will be automated over the coming decades.

“Many of the jobs they are studying could vanish in 10-15 years time,” she says.

“We need to provide our young people with a different set of skills – to allow them to navigate their way through a diverse employment journey that will include around five career changes and an average of 17 different jobs.”

According to a similar study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) some of the jobs most at risk of becoming redundant in the next 20 years are:

  • Accountants
  • Cashiers
  • Labourers and Tradies
  • Secretaries and Administration workers
  • Farm, forestry and garden workers
  • Receptionists
  • Food process workers

Some of the jobs least at risk are:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Finance, IT, Technical and professional help jobs from abroad are expected to increase.

What do you think about this? Is your job at risk?