Five Jobs of the Future
The world of work is changing so fast it can feel impossible to keep up, but much of that change is for the better. The jobs we do today are so different to those we did a hundred, fifty or even ten years ago, so just imagine what the workplace of tomorrow might look like.
With new technologies and innovations changing our working lives and shaking up every sector and industry, we’re looking to the future and exploring just five jobs we’re likely to see come to the fore in the coming decades. Whether they take off in the next ten years or much further down the line, here are some careers to watch out for.
Biomedical engineering already plays an important role in the medical field, but in the future there will be greater demand for biomedical engineers who can design and build advanced prosthetics and transplant artificially created organs. Artificial prostheses and organs will become almost indistinguishable from the ‘real thing’ and give people a better quality of life.
Online Image Developers
More and more aspects of our lives are going online, and it’s easy to imagine a very near future where both companies and individuals want to hire someone to help manage and promote their digital ‘brand’. An online image developer would probably work to create the most flattering image of their client across social media and other internet platforms, curating all the information the world can see about them and ensuring they reach a wider audience.
Body Modification Surgeons
People have already started to find new ways to incorporate technology into their bodies, and this looks like one area which will really grow over the coming years. Imagine being able to have an implant to test blood sugar levels, an inbuilt eye camera to record the world around you or a built-in compass to point you towards north – these have, in fact, already been done, so just imagine where things could go next!
We already use robots for all manner of tasks, but tomorrow’s world will come to rely on them more and more to carry out the dangerous or unpleasant jobs we humans won’t want to do. In the future, robots could be deployed to do everything from conducting routine keyhole surgery to flying our planes and driving our cars to the supermarket. Someone will need to design, build and maintain our little android friends, so expect this sector to really take off in the years ahead.
Space Travel Agents
Sound a bit futuristic? Space tourism is already gaining traction, with programmes such as Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX generating quite a buzz around space travel. Some wealthy individuals have already enjoyed holidays in space, and as the costs involved eventually start to fall, it’s not too much of a leap to imagine families on more modest incomes jetting off to space as easily as they currently book a holiday to Disneyland. When they do, they’ll need tour guides and travel agents to help them get the best deals and holiday packages.
Predicting the future can be a dangerous game, and nobody really knows what to expect in tomorrow’s world of work. These are just five careers which may become more important in the next few years – think it’s time to retrain?