Five jobs that haven’t been invented yet

According to futurist Thomas Frey “60% of the best jobs in the next 10 years haven’t been invented yet.” We take a look at some of the careers you might find yourself applying for by 2027.

As automation, advances in technology and socioeconomic changes disrupt business models, the way we work and the type of jobs we do are also changing rapidly. It’s hard to imagine a time without smart phones and social media, but that was the reality just 10 years ago when app developers, social media managers and influencers didn’t exist.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation continue to permeate businesses at break neck speed, while the future of traditional jobs such as admin assistants and bankers are facing uncertainty. But with change comes opportunity, and with that in mind, we share five jobs of the future as predicted in a report by future consultants The Future Laboratory, in collaboration with Microsoft.

IoT data creative

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already enmeshing itself in our homes in the form of digitally connected devices like washing machines, smart entertainment and energy control systems, that collect and send data.

And this proliferation of IoT is only set to continue, with the global market for IoT technology set to grow from USD$1.9 trillion in 2013 to USD$7.1 trillion in 2020, reveals the report.

IoT data creatives will sift through the swathes of data generated in our homes and distill that information to figure out what is it saying and how we can use the data to make our lives better.

Virtual habitat designer

By 2020, the total global market for VR technology will be worth $40bn, and by 2025, virtual reality will be the digital space where tens of millions of us will spend hours each day, working, playing and learning.

The role of the virtual habitat designer will be to create, support and manage the existence of the new virtual domains that will become a part of our everyday lives.

A typical day at work could involve anything from building a hyper-realistic virtual office complex where colleagues from around the world can meet and work together or reconstructing a World Heritage site, such as Machu Picchu, in cyberspace to cut down visitor numbers to the fragile real destination.

Victoria’s Deakin University has already recognised the future skills needed from today’s students; it partnered last September with VR and augmented reality software developer EON Reality to offer the world’s first graduate diploma of virtual and augmented reality.

Ethical Technology Advocate

According to the report, the global robotics market will grow to $153bn over the next five years – $83bn for robots, and $70bn for artificial intelligence-based systems. It will see us head into the second industrial revolution, with many tedious roles replaced by automation.

While there is excitement about what a future living with robots will look like, there is also fear from those whose jobs will no longer exist, and those who are nervous about where a massive introduction of robotics could take us.

The Ethical Technology Advocate will act as an ethical gatekeeper to manage the wave of robotic and AI applications that will be helping to run our world by 2025.

A key factor of the job will be to negotiate the delicate relationship with robots by setting moral and ethical rules under which the machines – and their makers – operate and exist.

Digital Cultural Commentator

Image and video based social networks such as Instagram are replacing text-based communications like Twitter and Facebook. This is already playing out, with Instagram doubling its user base in the last two years and now boasting twice as many users as Twitter.

By 2025, visual will dominate social media communications, suggests the report. Multimedia artists, animators, and illustrators will be in high demand from companies seeking to communicate to their customers in visual digital formats.

In this environment, the Digital Cultural Commentator will be the “secret weapon” that brands, museums and galleries will use to cut through “the cacophony of online white noise to talk effectively to tomorrow’s audience”.

Their skills will blend emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, with an awareness of digital images and networks alongside the ability to identify and communicate with social media influencers.

Freelance Biohacker

Much of our early scientific knowledge long before Big Pharma came from the research of amateurs such as Leonardo da Vinci during the fertile period of the enlightenment. Now with the democratisation of knowledge and research due to open-source software platforms and crowdfunding, scientific discovery will increasingly be in the hands of “citizen scientists”, suggests the report.

An open-source gene-editing tool called CRISPR is already allowing thousands of scientists around the world to collaborate on searching for treatments for conditions including autism and Alzheimer’s.

Gene manipulation will continue to be at the cutting edge of scientific research, playing a key role in projects ranging from the search for the next generation of antibiotics to the creation of genetically modified creatures.

Enter the Freelance Biohacker, “piecing together complex DNA-based answers to some of the big questions” says the report.

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