Future of Work

The 3 key skill sets for the workers of 2030

Christian Reyes works on some wiring at Felsomat in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois, United States, May 13, 2015. Christian Reyes, 18, with a budding interest in electronics, said neither he nor his Mexican-born parents ever imagined he would veer towards manufacturing. On the recommendation of a high school teacher, Reyes took an internship at Felsomat in 2014 during his senior year. Felsomat hired Reyes after graduation and he is now working toward a three-year degree in manufacturing at Harper College, a community college that resuscitated a dormant manufacturing course in 2012 at the urging of local companies. The future of manufacturing in the U.S. will largely be shaped by the strength of the U.S. dollar, energy costs and the outcome of trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But companies face a human challenge too - how to recruit young Americans to replace millions of Baby Boom-generation employees retiring over the next decade. To match Feature ECONOMY-MANUFACTURERS/RECRUITING         Picture taken May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

The age of automation will bring about a fundamental shift in the skills required for people to enter the workforce. Image: REUTERS/Jim Young

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By 2030 there will be huge demand for higher cognitive skills such as creativity, critical thinking and decision making. Image: REUTERS/Robert Pratta
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