Have you ever heard the job called “Lagarista” – a movie film courier who used to transport movie films reel from cinema to cinema. How about the “pintor ng paskilan” – a billboard painters who are skilled in painting huge mural for advertising movies used by cinema and other companies for product promotions in the Philippines? Those jobs are once rampant but as times passed-by, they are now part of the dying occupations due to technology. Soon, younger generations will never see.
You might be asking on what is the connection of those dying jobs to Information Technology (IT)? Simple, your chosen profession or career may have similar fate in the future.
Let us take a look at the bright side. The Philippines future economic forecast as of 2017 is positive posing a huge opportunity that can boost employment from several industry and could potentially uplift the lives of many Filipinos.
On the employment aspect, according to Jobstreet 2017 report, one of the top highest paying jobs regardless of levels or industry in the Philippines is IT-related. This is most likely correlated to the fact that most businesses such as Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Regional Operation Headquarters (ROHQ) for corporation or other large multi-national companies (MNCs) preferred Philippines as the go-to country due to a number of factors like neutral English accent and language as compared to other regions (e.g. India), quality of service rendered by hard-working Filipinos, higher level of knowledge and skillset, cheap labor cost, booming economy and strategic location.
Looking at the report, IT-related jobs has a positive future but bear in mind that technology is moving in a fast pace. Thus, even in IT there are careers that could become obsolete in the near future. Some examples that might possibly become obsolete are as follows;
- Customer Care or Helpdesk Support – Since technology is becoming dynamic and smarter, providing face-to-face (F2F) support or call support to customers might be replaced with dynamic and smarter teleprompter or through real-time online chat responders. Sometimes customers preferred the self-service experience which is more user friendly and interactive. Of course, there will be times that customers will need to be in touch with a live agent however, there are tons of inquiries or customer concerns that are repetitive and similar which can automatically be replaced with build-in auto-responders.
- Desktop Publisher – In the US, this job is common especially in the printing industry however in the Philippines, there are limited companies offering this type of role and soon they might be no longer needed since this can be done by major graphic artist or designer. Similarly, with so many type of apps and software capable of creating ready-made template, anyone without desktop publishing skills as long as computer literate can create and do the job.
- Project Manager – this role is pretty huge and sometimes people who holds this position earns a hefty amount. However, project managers are sometimes (not always) the first casualty in the event the project ends or terminates. They are the ones who are being let-go especially if they don’t have the appropriate skillset (e.g. programming or coding skills) or their know-how is limited to specific methodologies (e.g. scrum, agile, etc.). Majority of the companies preferred a wide-range of expertise to cope with the fast pace technology implementation. With so many tools being developed for project management, who knows, maybe in the near future project managers may soon become just an ordinary role which can be performed by developers or IT managers.
- Software Tester – There is a huge chance that software testers might disappear sooner (just my opinion). The reason is testing the software can now be integrated as part of the program debugging even though their role is different. Chances are, if companies wants to utilize their programmers for some reason – maybe they are cutting budget then software testing can be incorporated after software development. Or, the software developers or programmers itself can design automation procedure where they can simply run for testing the new software. Not to mention, utilizing the crowd or the customer itself is a potential source of testers where they open the software for public testing and provide incentives to anyone who could provide software or design flaws.
Choosing a career sometimes does not guarantee that it will last regardless of field or industry and IT is not exempted from it. There are certain factors that might affect your chosen profession that could make or break in the future. The important thing to do is not to limit knowledge and try to learn new things. Evaluate the current trend and adjust or adapt when necessary. It is better to be prepared to any drastic change and always be on the lookout for future opportunities.
Remember, technology is moving in fast pace. There will be some IT-related jobs that might soon disappear but there will always be new ones to come. Be happy and always look at the bright side.