Jobs which don’t yet exist may be growth areas in the future!
Throughout history, jobs have disappeared and new jobs have taken their place.
As a rule of thumb,
60% of the jobs, 10 years from now, haven’t been invented yet!
- We no longer need gas lamplighters or matchmakers.
- Some jobs have evolved, tooth pullers becoming dentists, and typists using word processors
- Some jobs are currently under threat as ‘progress’ sidelines their expertise: milkmen, paperboys, printers.
- Other jobs were unknown years ago: web designers, professional athletes, media consultants, biotechnologists.
- The future holds as yet unheard of job roles within IT, alternative energy and global commerce.
The eventual replacement of humans by robots is a question that sparks great controversy…
If we create intelligent robots, will we eventually be replaced by them or will we simply become more efficient with their help?
Let us look at ways robots help us:
Robots designed specifically for rescue operations – Cave Crawler is a self-contained robot designed to learn as it goes. It has the ability to detect the presence of dangerous gases and navigate places that human cannot, making it essential for mining operations.
Robots for deep sea exploration – these can be sent to explore deep sea volcanic activity, something humans have not even considered studying on their own.
Industrial robots – can perform a repetitive mechanical task without sacrificing quality, like the assembly line, manufacturing etc. including food service companies.
Up to 2010, 1.2 million robots were active, that’s one robot to every 5,000 people. Projections suggest that by the year 2025, robots will have claimed a total of 13 million jobs in automotive industry, 22 million jobs in manufacturing and 9 million jobs in food services.
Obviously if robots are moving in, people will find work in other capacities
Futurists predict that we’re going to see more and more things that look like science fiction, and fewer and fewer things that look like jobs And we’re creating a world where there is going to be more and more technology and fewer and fewer jobs – So this is a time of great job elolution!
Here are some future jobs I’ve plucked from the various Futurists on the Internet.
Some sound similar to jobs today with just a bit of a tweak – but others are off the wall sounding with a dash of logic!
- Occupational therapists to help the increasing numbers of the elderly and
- Myotherapists who focus on the treatment of musculoskeletal pain or
- Nanotechnologists to revolutionise fields such as drug delivery, high power batteries, solar cells and computers.
- Social network organisers and developers because society has become so commercialised it is becoming important for individuals and companies to enhance their image.
- Octogenarian Service Providers – As record numbers of people will live into their 80s, 90s, and 100s. there will be a need to provide a demand for goods and services currently not around.
- Wind Turbine Repair Techs– All our windmills will drive a demand for repair techs.
- Data Hostage Specialists– Holding data hostage can be done remotely, and has the potential for big rewards. This type of activity will give rise to data-hostage negotiators, data-retrieval specialists, and damage-control analysts.
- Elevated Tube Transport Engineers– The next big infrastructure project on planet earth will be a human and cargo transport system designed around a network of vacuum tubes with maglev tracks. Operating at less than 2% of the cost of today’s car, truck, jet, ship, and train systems, this emerging tube transport system will be a massive undertaking that demands talented new-age thinkers for decades to come.
- The Dismantlers Lots of industries have been built around aging facilities and infrastructure that will become unnecessary and unsustainable in the future requiring a skilled workforce of talented people who can perform the task of dismantling them in the least disruptive way..
- Tree-Jackers– Plant and tree alteration specialists, who manipulate growth patterns, create grow-to-fit wood products, colour-changing leaves, and personalized fruit.
- Time Brokers – Time Bank Traders– Where do you go when you run out of time? Naturally, to the time-bank, and take out a time-loan!
- Space-Based Power System Designers– At some point, the burning of earth’s natural resources for power will become a thing of the past. Space-based systems will capture and transmit power far more efficiently than anything currently in existence.
- Plant Educators– An intelligent plant will be capable of re-engineering itself to meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace
- Amnesia Surgeons– Doctors who are skilled in removing bad memories or destructive behaviour.
- Robot Polishers– If we are going to have robots, they will invariably need to be polished.
Finally after stewing your brain with all those new job opportunities, remember that generally speaking predictions odn’t come true. so let’s rather than focus on future jobs, let’s focus on your future work skills
“There is no future in any job. The future lies in the person who holds the job.” – George W. Crane
For me, I’m going the futuristic route, using crowd investing to make sure I always have a job that can support me even into my retirement even when all those jobs above start appearing -who knows I might even need to use some of their services!!
Go well till the next time