Industry 4.0 is transforming the global labor market as businesses and industries continue adopting new technologies that will help in the creation of fully digital enterprises. The new digital technologies will make it easier for businesses to automate most of their routine tasks. The market disruption will bring a new paradigm shift in the categorization of job responsibilities that can be completed by the human workforce and those that can be easily automated. Although we are going to see most of the routine tasks being undertaken by machines and algorithms, there will be a new generation of jobs that will be created by industry 4.0.

Recent research by network technology firms Cisco and GE estimate that by 2034, the IoT technology will have added about $10 trillion to $15 trillion to the global GDP. We are starting to see skills requirement change for the workforce in various industries and this shift will have a direct impact on the future of work. Some of the new generation of jobs and skills that will be created by Industry 4.0 include;


  1. Industrial data scientists

The work of industrial data scientists will be to mine and prepare data, carry out advanced data analytics and use the findings generated to advise on various ways manufacturers can improve their products or production capacity. Going forward, such skills will be in high demand as businesses will need specialists who can build robust data models and come up with valuable output from the mined IoT data.

Currently, we have a shortage of such specialists in the job market but the academic sector is working towards training more personnel on these new industry skill set needs. In the near future, it will be possible for industries to find the right candidates with the required qualifications and experience to handle such emerging expertise.

Since data science is still in its infancy and most industries are relying on workers who are experienced in statistics and software development. More academic and in-house training is still required in order to meet the industry needs and explore the full potential of IoT data in improving processes and efficiency.

  1. Specialist contractors or remote workers

The fourth industrial revolution will also push companies and businesses to seek specialist contractors and remote workers instead of employing a human workforce on a permanent basis. The rise of remote work has been accelerated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and moving forward, we are going to witness more businesses shifting their employment strategy in that direction. Specialist contractors or freelancers are an independent workforce that has important skills that are highly demanded in the digital enterprise ecosystem.

Skills that will be outsourced by industries to specialist contractors and freelancers include; research, data mining and analytics, social media management, SEO, web design, lead generation, and marketing among others.

The new working environment and digital era will see most employers supporting their employees who would like to work remotely. Such working freedom will see companies attract talents that comprise a global workforce hence, increasing knowledge base, efficiency, and productivity.


  1. IoT Architects/Analytics

The main responsibilities of the IoT architect will be to resolve any technical issues that will arise from rapid enterprise digitization to ensure that all parts of technical designs are perfectly incorporated. They will play a big role in defining the right program development tools and environment. They will provide all the necessary technical support plus technical quality control in all stages of project development.

For you to excel in IoT or IT architect jobs, you must have an in-depth understanding of IT infrastructure, enterprise architecture, and software infrastructure. All these skills set and specializations will help IoT architects create technical specifications that can be easily integrated with different technologies.

  1. Robot team coordinators

The work of the robot teaming coordinator will mainly focus on monitoring robot performance and providing relevant feedback to programmers to help optimize the robot value. Employees with a background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computing are now using their skills to learn more about robotics and optimize their service delivery.

Industries and healthcare sectors are currently using robots to carry out most of their daily operations since they are more productive and require less supervision. For better service delivery, robot coordinators are supposed to be trained to learn how robots act in a normal working environment and how to detect errors.

  1. Industrial UX designers

Industrial UX designers will help industries have real-time information on what is happening on their premises. They will make sharing of information and data easy by creating intuitive production dashboards that can be accessed on mobile industrial tablets and mobile phones. The roles of an industrial UX designer include; graphic design, 3D visualization, Product design, design research, and CMF design. Machine interface and augmented reality will also be realized in the manufacturing sector through the help of Industrial UX designers.


Industry 4.0 is causing disruption and new transformation on the global labor market as companies and businesses rush to automate their processes. Certain categories of job skills will be more impacted by this digital disruption than others. To remain competitive in this digital world, it’s high time that workers equip themselves with digital skills that will match the present and future needs of an automated business ecosystem. Failure to learn these new generations of skills set will lender most people jobless and businesses that will not automate will become obsolete.