Seven jobs that will exist in the future

Forget doctor, lawyer, banker or architect – worthy and well paid jobs though they all are – and start thinking about the roles that will become even more crucial in the coming years. A changing world will require jobs that don’t even exist now, in the same way that the social media managers of today didn’t exist ten years ago.

So what is on offer for tomorrow’s job seekers? Unsurprisingly, science and technology feature highly – from nano-medics to haptic engineers – these are some of the jobs that we’ll see in the near and distant future.

1. Data miner
The miners of the future delve into data. As customer information becomes more and more vital to the retail experience, businesses are compiling huge amounts of information – and they need people to make sense of it all.

Data analysts and scientists look for behavioural patterns to help businesses predict trends, and build recommendation engines for personalised advertising. Netflix subscribers might be surprised to hear that House of Cards was commissioned on the strength of some smart data analysis.

2. Haptic programmer
Haptics is the science of touch; the rumble effect in your console game controller and the vibration you receive on your smartphone are both examples of haptic effects.

Quite simply, haptics improve useability, enhance realism, and provide a tactile user experience when it comes to electronic products. This looks set to grow rapidly as more and more companies embrace touchscreen technology.

3. Reputation/identity management
The internet’s ability to find information – good or bad – about a significant number of the world’s companies and people means that in the future many will turn to the growing band of reputation managers who can amend and tweak their online profiles. A niche area at the moment but one that can only increase with time.

4. Biotechnologist
Whether through genetic engineering to improve crop yield or by creating new drugs to combat health epidemics, biotechnologists will dramatically shape the way we live over the next ten years. 

5. Digital architect
The growth of wearable technology, such as Google Glass, could see a role for digital designers who produce a range of virtual buildings for advertisers to market their products and services within. These buildings would be overlaid in the video visor of the wearable technology product, in the form of augmented reality, so you might see them as you walk through a particular area.

6. Powered exoskeleton engineer
The world will always need engineers but the cutting edge could soon include those who help build and maintain exoskeletons – mind-controlled robotic suits made from light alloys. These will prove invaluable to those with disabilities, workers operating in extreme conditions, or military operatives. If you watched the 2014 World Cup, you may remember seeing a paraplegic man wearing an exoskeleton.

7. Nanomedicine
This fast-growing area sees the application of nanotechnology to help prevent and treat disease in the body. At the moment, nanoparticles are used with some drugs to improve their effectiveness, but in a few decades some believe that ingested nanoparticles will be able to inform a surgeon of the type and location of diseased cells.


Around the web
The Telegraph: Ten well paid jobs of the future
Fast Company: Jobs of the future: where they are, how to get them

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