10 Jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

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Today, the world is a dramatically different place than it was even 10 years ago. A technological revolution is taking place that is changing things at speed. Advances are streamlining every industry – from finance, to manufacturing, to retail. Below we take a look at the revolutions that jump-started all of this progress.

The first Industrial Revolution [1] was launched in Great Britain in the 1700s and still impacts us today. Sewing machines replaced hand sewing, manufacturing became machine driven, and the telegraph replaced the telegram. The smartest minds of the time were working to develop the same things that drive us today- information, connection, transportation, and provision.

The second Industrial Revolution [2] of the 1800s, often called the “Technological Revolution,” built on those ideas to launch our industries further. Gas, water, and sewer systems, and railway and telegraph lines created rapid dissemination. More available transportation, electric power, and the telephone made the movement of people and products a quick and easy transaction.

Fast-forward to 2009 and a range of services was available to the consumer. Mobile phones, electronic media, personal assistants, taxi drivers, travel agents, and personal trainers were ready to meet your needs. But just when we thought we had it all at our fingertips, technology evolved again.

In 2019, we don’t hail a taxi, we simply call an Uber. And why use a travel agent when you can book online? Some feel that technology is replacing the human workforce, but while some jobs no longer exist, many new ones have been created. Here are 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago and why they are relevant today.

1. Social Media Manager

Ten years ago, to promote your company, you would send out leaflets, fashion a great window display or pay for a TV advert. Today, consumers look to their social media to decide where to shop, and over 4 billion of them are online. Social media managers keep your brand current, send out notifications, and broadcast your company’s promotions. They also gauge interaction to help appeal to the masses.

2. App Developer

Who knew how much we would do from our phones, when they were originally designed for talking? Apps are a user-friendly way to access different services. Developing Apps for a company increases customer acquisition and retention and keeps them current with trends. The latest App is what consumers want, and it’s what companies want to provide.

3. Uber Driver

Tracking an Uber from your phone, with features like vehicle size and customer rating, is the modern way to get from A to B. They provide a customizable experience and Uber drivers are needed in every city and at every time of day.

4. Virtual Doctor

Telemedicine is an emerging field that allows patients to seek medical help from home. Doctors assess via video conferencing, and on the patient’s schedule. Reminiscent of the “house calls” of the past, this provides convenience and comfort. No one likes to trudge to the doctor to sit in a waiting room when they’re feeling under the weather.

5. SEO Specialist

Search Engine Optimization is a current need for businesses to maximize their online reach. SEO specialists [3] help connect people to your website by optimizing keywords, content and search terms, so your website is the first to pop up in their Google search. This is a valuable asset for a company to have, and many are looking to hire such specialists.

6. Driverless Car Designer

On a long drive, many of us have wished our car could just drive itself. But did we ever believe it would? Engineers today are working tirelessly to design, produce, and prove out the concept. By 2020, expect big developments in this burgeoning field.

7. Podcast Producer

Podcasts bring in hundreds of millions of listeners and have evolved dramatically in recent years. What started as an individual’s attempt to connect with an audience is now being utilized by large companies with double the audience. Comedy, music, TV, film, and seminars are big business in the podcast world, which didn’t exist 10 years ago.

8. Sustainability Manager

Environmental strategies within a company are increasing in importance. Technology has revealed the effects of modern life on our world, and many companies now take that quite seriously. From reducing carbon footprint, to recycling and repurposing, sustainability benefits the company and its employees, often increasing health, happiness, and profit.

9. Big Data Analyst

Understanding data is the path to growth, and businesses are hiring to achieve that. Big data analysts review and report on your company’s data to maximize your potential. Skilled in programming, data warehousing, quantitative concepts, and computational frameworks, these analysts will boost your profits and prevent unforeseen issues.

10. Cloud Computing Specialist

Businesses of all sizes use cloud computing, but many don’t fully understand what “the cloud” is. Hence, the increase in demand for cloud skills specialists. With all IT services managed in the cloud, your specialist can boost your return on investment and manage your sensitive information.


[1] https://www.history.com/topics/industrial-revolution/industrial-revolution

[2] https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-second-industrial-revolution-timeline-inventions.html

[3] https://www.freshgigs.ca/blog/seo-specialist-job-description/



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