When you look at the horizon, you can see the outlines of the future. When you see the outlines of technology breakthroughs, you can guess the kinds of career niches that are forming. As the great scientist and science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke once said,
“When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong.”
What the industries of the future look like
So, what’s possible? Here are a few examples of what we have found. Have a think about what kinds of jobs these new industries would mean.
Body Part Maker: 3D printers are already able to print using solid materials. As these harden, they create material capable of supporting cell growth. This capability enables surgeons to even replace some body parts. So far it is very limited, but the potential for a medically-related industry is not far off.
Asteroid Mining: Astronomers believe that asteroids in the belt between Mars and Jupiter have many basic minerals that were formed in the early period during the formation of the planets. Missions for robot space vehicles to land on these asteroids and comets have already been planned. There is little doubt that asteroid mining could become a major industry in the next few decades.
Space Tourism and Guides: There are already at least two companies planning to take tourists into space in the next 5 years or so. One company is planning to build a satellite space hotel for guests to stay in for several days (can you imagine the costs?!), while the other is planning brief excursions into orbit. In the future, when new technologies make voyages quicker, space tourism will likely become what earth tourism is like now.
What the jobs of the future could look like
Home automation technician: With technology innovations like Hive, Nest and other smart technologies like Alexa entering the main stream, there is an ever-increasing demand of people needing to repair things when they stop working as expected. With the technology in our homes and businesses becoming ever more complex we need people who understand these complexities to deliver fast and reliable repairs so we can get back on with our ever-connected lives.
Computer Engineering: In virtually all modern business, the computer is no longer a tool, it is the heart of the business operation. It serves everything from accounting, to automated manufacturing, to sales. The computer is an almost endlessly flexible tool but the expertise to make the computer do precisely what you want it to do requires an expertise that few people have. The role of computer engineers is therefore only expected to get more complex as we increase our complexity and scale of use of computes across all industries.
Personal flight and personal transportation dealerships: The invention of drone technology and the increasing interest in electric vehicles for personal travel have given rise to some powerful business potentials in the near future. Drone technology-based personal aircrafts are already in full development, so you are soon going to need people to manufacture, sell, service and repair these on a large scale.
Privacy protection businesses: The universality of communication is not an unmixed blessing. It has brought with it loads of issues and concerns regarding personal identity theft, privacy invasion, and fraud. The widespread use of smartphones has made these problems infinitely worse. Businesses built around data security, privacy protection, and reputation management are fast appearing and will constitute a major business sector in the near future. People that understand and can respond to these threats are therefore only going to increase in demand.
The advance of modern science and technology, climate change, aerospace and space exploration will create whole new industries, and the signs of what kinds of jobs will fit into these are already here!