How Industry 4.0 is Changing the Employment Market

In the midst of a transformation, companies are facing many challenges in recruiting. In a previous article, we discussed the shortage of talent that is currently putting nearly 40,000 companies in difficulty in France. The lack of understanding of the challenges of new technologies can be an obstacle to anticipating your needs in human resources and talent search. Let’s take a closer look at the technological evolutions that will develop in the years to come and that promise to durably modify the labor and employment market.  

Overview: technology trends that will define the future

The importance of versatility to meet the challenges of the digitalization of your company is undeniable. Currently we are witnessing a real emergence of new professions linked to the development of new technologies. To name just two, blockchain technologies are about to go to the next level, as well as meta-versions that are increasingly appealing to companies. But let’s add to that all the innovations in terms of digital marketing, web design and immersive technology that are increasingly used by the most innovative companies. In this article we give you some hints to understand these technologies and the jobs of the future that could quickly become news for your company.

What is Blockchain Technology?

Considered by many as the most revolutionary innovation since the arrival of the Internet, the Blockchain will quickly impact the business world. But why and how exactly?

According to the official definition from the website :

“Developed since 2008, blockchain is, first and foremost, a technology for storing and transmitting information. This technology offers high standards of transparency and security because it operates without a central control body. More concretely, blockchain allows its users – connected in a network – to share data without intermediaries.”

In all industries around the world, blockchain is helping to transform businesses and their transactions. Greater trust leads to greater efficiency by eliminating redundant efforts. Blockchain is revolutionizing supply chain, food distribution, financial services, government and retail, to name a few.

What about the crypto industry in all this?

The French crypto industry, which brings together about 600 projects today, could generate more than 100,000 direct jobs by 2030! Yet 83% of companies are struggling to recruit the right talent, technical or not, junior or senior. France has qualified engineers who are already participating in this industry, but still needs to develop its training offer in order to meet the growing demand.

Moreover, embraced by digital giants, startups and the curious, crypto-currencies have not yet quite entered the corporate world. Yet accessible from a technological standpoint, they are still met with distrust.

Metavers, a fad or a trend to consider?

The metaverse is what we call a fictional virtual world.

A whole ecosystem is being set up within these universes, as we can see with the massive investments made by fashion brands or players in the real estate sector, for example. Since we can live there, we will also be able to invest in virtual stone, create stores, go shopping, and this at a lower cost, since in this parallel world, we can easily break the prices. Some companies like Meta (Facebook) are even betting on the development of remote work spaces!

Our relationship with work is indeed evolving and so are the professions. Companies should not hesitate to invest in areas that do not yet exist, since evolution is inevitable. The metaverse economy is going to develop rapidly and it would be a shame to miss the train.

A job for each 3.0 technology?

Whether it is for blockchain, crypto or even metavers and NFTs, you will realize that the jobs sought for these new technologies sometimes already exist today.

They represent a logical evolution of a skill that is put to the benefit of these new technologies. How exactly does this happen and what should we expect from the 2.0 jobs that are becoming 3.0? Some explanations with 4 examples of jobs and skills to follow (definitions of jobs to be found on Le Parisien Étudiant,Orientation,Métiers).

  • Blockchain Developer

A developer specialized in blockchain writes computer programs called “smart contracts”, computer contracts that execute actions in an automated way, according to predefined parameters. In addition to the skills in computer languages traditionally needed by developers (C++, JavaScript, Java, Python, etc.), skills in blockchain development are also required. For example, Solidity has established itself to develop smart contracts for the Ethereum blockchain. Finally, as for any developer, a good technical level is necessary: Boolean arithmetic, graph theory, hardware and software architecture, algorithms etc.

  • Blockchain engineer

If the blockchain developer develops and codes applications, the blockchain engineer will be in charge of designing and implementing the architecture of blockchain projects.

Thus, his mission is to manage the technologies that enable the deployment of different blockchain solutions: we talk about “mainnet”, “sidechain” and “layer-2″. The blockchain engineer works with different professions within the company, including DevSecOps, developers, the product team… He/she is present in the blockchain ecosystems to follow as closely as possible the evolutions of blockchain services, protocols and software solutions, to understand the implications and propose the necessary actions.

  • Crypto Asset Manager

Bitcoin, Ether… Crypto-currencies, which are based on blockchain technology, are highly volatile. Thus, companies that use crypto-currencies as part of their operations (by issuing their own crypto-currencies or accepting crypto as a means of payment), need to ensure that their crypto-currency cash management is optimal. This is where the Crypto Asset Manager comes in. His mission: to manage the risks inherent in holding capital in crypto-currencies. But also, in the case of a blockchain company with its own crypto-currency, to promote the purchase of it, in particular by developing the registration of this crypto-currency with virtual currency exchange platforms. The profession of Crypto Asset Manager requires an appetite for numbers and the world of crypto-currencies, which is constantly evolving, and also requires a mastery of risk in the face of the extreme volatility of crypto-currencies.

  • Architect and designer AR/VR

Of course, the first professions we think of will be those directly related to digital and video games as we know them today. Just like the Web / UX / UI designers who create the sites that Internet users visit, there are professionals who design the spaces and experiences accessible in the immersive environments of the metaverse.

Many professions linked to video games will also be involved: game designers, programmers, 3D modellers or even experts in artificial intelligence, in order to artificially generate large-scale universes, or to animate artificial characters, virtual influencers or even avatars of stars reproduced thanks to morphing.

Developers specialized in AR / VR / XR will collaborate with architects and designers in charge of reproducing or inventing the buildings and objects that will animate these immersive environments, while new professions such as “digital fashion designer”, in charge of creating the clothes and fashion accessories that will be worn by users’ avatars, will be created. On social networks, virtual fashion is already at the heart of the offer of companies like DressX, Replicant or Tribute.

Take up the challenge: anticipate the skills of tomorrow!

One of the best ways to overcome the talent shortage is to broaden your horizons and understand the jobs of tomorrow. Think “Out of the box”! Candidates who have the most adequate know-how do not always evolve in your business or sector. Recruiting atypical profiles therefore requires anticipating and understanding the trends and professions of tomorrow.

Curiosity, skills and soft skills: the winning combo

Soft and hard skills are often contrasted, but it is the combination of both that constitutes the true value of an ideal candidate. The new professions linked to current technological developments include a large proportion of logical, scientific and IT skills. AI, data, cybersecurity, and other skills that are already essential will continue to develop. These new skills and/or technologies will transform jobs, but they are also bound to evolve.

The ability to maintain one’s skills, to stay on top of things and to continue to enrich one’s knowledge in a given field is therefore fundamental. Be curious about new technologies and recruit profiles that are interested in them. Our Colever team is the ideal partner to keep an eye on trends and choose the right freelancer at the right time. If you have any questions about the jobs of tomorrow, please contact us.