Hey, We Found Your Next Job: Ten Careers Of The Future
Day after day it feels like we’re being bombarded with news stories telling us that in the next 20 years our jobs will be irrelevant, taken over by robots, or wiped out by global warming. Rather than freak out until the day when your occupation is made completely redundant, here are 10 careers you can work towards now that will last you long into the future. Forget competing with a computer for your job; these jobs are human-only and will pay actual money – now, and 20 years down the track.
The theory goes that as our lives and jobs become more automated, we’ll have more free time for leisure activities like travelling. And with a growing middle class – particularly in Asian countries – whose means to travel are growing, there’s a good chance this industry will only get bigger. One in 12 jobs worldwide is already associated with the travel industry, and that number is set to grow. Sustainable tourism is one area we’d recommend getting in on early – as oil becomes scarcer, and global warming becomes a reality, consumers will be looking for eco-friendly ways to travel.
No, we don’t mean the kinds of hackers that post fake tweets on Donald Trump’s website, or put personal photos of celebrities online. We mean the ones that hack to identify weaknesses in bank or government security systems in order to strengthen them. Hackers are already well paid, and can put their skills to creative uses – one airline flew a bunch of hackers for free and gave them the power to hack into their systems to identify how not-so-ethical hackers might attack them from inside the cabin.
With the growth of the share economy, jumping from job to job could become more common – especially for those without formal training. And while the prospect of being an Uber driver one day, a cater waiter the next, and a Deliveroo cyclist the one after that may raise the spectre of no stability, holiday pay or sick leave, these jobs will allow you to set your own hours, and effectively be your own boss.
Over the next 25 or so years, the number of Australians aged over 65 years is expected to hit a record high of 25 percent. What does this mean for you? That there will be opportunities galore in the aged care industry – we’re talking everything from nurses to personal carers, nursing home managers and even private aged care facility owners. This level of human-to-human contact is something that we can pretty safely assume robots won’t be learning anytime in the near future…
Figuring out how to effectively sell a product or service to the public is all well and good, but the marketers of the future will also need to have a firm grasp on analytics – and learn how to harness them to sell more to online consumers. We’re talking knowing how SEO, engagement and SEM work, and analysing data to jack up sales.
The word ‘coding’ is thrown around a lot these days, but what does it actually mean? And is its reputation as a crucial job for the future worth the hype? Well, yes. As our lives become increasingly automated, as we incorporate apps more into our everyday lives, and many jobs require a basic level of computer skills, coding is basically a sure-fire way to ensure you’re employable in the future. You might invent the next Facebook or help program robots – coders are in high demand now, and salaries are up there with the best, so we’d recommend jumping on the bandwagon now!
As we switch to green energy in an effort to go carbon-neutral, there are going to be jobs coming to the fore that we can’t even fathom today. However, one that we can fathom is an occupation as a green engineer. It’s predicted that these engineers will help you monitor how much energy your appliances are using, and how to maximise their green credentials. They’ll also fix your broken appliances and tell you how much power your lightbulbs are sucking up.
Okay, most of us have had to deal with the frustrating red tape that HR departments usually bring to the workplace. But, in the future, these roles will be more data driven than ever as companies seek out the best possible employees, particularly for high-level positions. This will be a career for those who are both emotionally intelligent – something a robot can’t boast – and able to analyse data from across multiple sources to find top-notch candidates.
Sure, the future might be online, robotic and automated – but everything we use and touch will still need to be designed to be intuitive and functional for humans. Unlike product designers of today, however, in the future they will need to integrate new technologies into their designs – for example, a chair might no longer only be wood or metal shaped like a piece of furniture; it may require software for height adjustment, or to balance weight distribution. Product designers will need to be well-versed in a variety of skills in order to remain competitive.
While it might, quite literally, seem like a pie-in-the-sky idea, mining asteroids for resources may not be as out there as we think. Investors including Richard Branson and James Cameron have already pumped money into the sector, and some asteroids are estimated to contain up to $100 trillion of space treasure. You probably won’t be space-walking on an asteroid anytime soon, pick and shovel in hand; most of the mining will be done by robots, so studying mechatronics and robotics at university is bound to be your best way to get your foot in the door.
Che-Marie is a London-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Australian Gourmet Traveller, Collective Hub and Virgin Australia Voyeur among others. Follow her travels on Instagram @chemariet