A study entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Jobs’, explores how technology is set to change the career landscape revealing ten new jobs which will exist in just under a decade’s time.
Conducted by Microsoft Surface and The Future Laboratory, the study is based on in-depth interviews with leading technologists, academics and industry commentators and analysts.
Virtual habitat designer
By 2025, tens of millions of us will spend hours each day working and learning in virtual reality environments. A VHD will design and create these worlds. “These designers will be the superstar pioneers of the industry, leaving behind game design and joining product teams to create exciting new entertainment, work and learning environments.” says Dave Miller, recruiter at Artefact.
Ethical technology advocate
In the next decade, the era of robots will dawn – from personal assistants to manual labour and customer service. There will be an extra 55,790 new jobs in the field of robotic engineering by 2018 alone, research by Recruiter.com reveals. An ETA will negotiate our delicate relationship with the robots by setting the moral and ethical rules under which the machines operate and exist. Essentially, they will make sure the robots don’t take over.
Digital cultural commentator
In ten years’ time, visual communication will dominate social media. This is already apparent with Instagram set to grow 15% in 2016 compared to just 3% for the wider social network sector. Workers who can master this shared language of imagery will be much sought after as communicators to mass audiences by businesses and art institutions. DCC’s will effectively communicate entire stories through an image alone.
Science has been a closed shop dominated by professional teams working in university and corporate research and development departments for many decades – but the rise of open source software platforms will democratise this sector, with citizen scientists taking the reins back. Open-source gene editing tool CRISPR is already allowing thousands of scientists around the world to collaborate on searching for treatments for Depression, Schizophrenia, Autism and Alzheimer’s. Stars of this world will emerge and careers will be born.
IoT (Internet of Things) data creative
The IoT is already transforming the world we live in, with devices from cars to home electrics being embedded with electronics, software and sensors that allow them to collect and exchange data. IoTDCs will sift through the waves of data being generated each day by devices in our clothes, our homes, our cars and our offices and find meaningful and useful ways to tell us what all that information is saying.
Space tour guide
Already on the horizon thanks to the likes of Virgin Galactic, Earth orbit will become the new frontier for adventurous travellers by 2025. And a whole new category of jobs will come about to make the space journeys safe and enjoyable. They will use their knowledge to construct visits to the more interesting parts of Earth’s orbit.
Personal content curator
By the late 2020s, software-brain interfaces, pioneered by teams of neuroscientists, will have started to enter the mainstream, allowing mass audiences to read and capture thoughts, memories and dreams. Personal Content Curators will help people to use these systems to increase the storage capacity of their over-stretched minds, providing services that allow them to dip in and out of treasured memories and experiences at will.
By 2025, the planet will struggle to cope with nine billion humans and the resources they require, and traditional conservation won’t be enough. Rewilding Strategists will stitch together viable ecosystems in stressed landscapes, using patchworks of flora and fauna from all over the world, reintroducing plants and animals that have been extinct in a region for centuries in order to create resilient and vibrant landscapes
Sustainable power innovator
By the mid-2020s, resource depletion will mean a shift to sustainable energy. The main struggle here will be storing power for the days when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine. SPSs will be experts in chemistry and material science will invent new battery storage capabilities to help cope with the power demands of the ever-growing reliance on the Internet of Things.
Human body designer
Engineering advances will extend the average healthy human life as the growth of replacement tissues and organs becomes an everyday and affordable proposition. HPDs will use bio-engineering know-how to create a huge range of customised human limbs – both fashionable and functional.