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September 19, 2016


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What are some future jobs that don't exist yet?

Here are predictions from across the internet of new career fields predicted for 2030 and beyond, and my opinion on their probability.

Space miner - 0% - Robots will do this job because they do not require air, food, water or rest.

Robot Counselor - 5% - By the time robots need counseling, robots will be able to do the counseling.

Personal Microbiome Steward - 60% - I raised this from a ten, to a sixty percent possibility, after I started itching.

Mind-Uploading Re-integration Specialist - 10% - This technology will not be available by 2030, the brain is too complex.

Organ Farmer - 0% - There will not be organ farmers, there will be organ conglomerates. You might find yourself working for one.

De-extinction Zoologist - 85% - Climate change and an exploding population will make this specialty likely.

Biomechanics Service Person - 90% - Transhumans will occasionally need repair, especially during the initial adaptation of the technology.

Nostalgist (specializing in recreating memories for older people) - ??? - If this about putting up an old Farrah Fawcett poster, I never took mine down. If this about a career in reconnecting the memories in a person's brain, I think they would rather be called neurologists.

Rewilder (to undo environmental damage caused by people, factories, cars, etc.) - 70% - It is the height of arrogance to think that humans could do a better job repairing the environment than Nature, so chances are good that we will try.

The list of future jobs above, which I found repeated all over the web, was not very helpful and bordered on ridiculous. I started considering what industries would provide the most jobs in 2030?

What will be the hottest industries in 20 years?

A disruptive technology is one that shakes up an industry (or a society). Artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, and quantum computers are prime examples of disruptive technologies. The effect of these technologies on the job market will be felt far and wide. If you work in any of these fields, you will be riding the wave, instead of being caught up by it. If science is not your thing, then consider a job in healthcare, transportation or the creative arts.

Preparing for a career in the future

If you want some career advice from a futurist--do not prepare for a career, prepare for change. Careers, and entire industries, will be coming and going as technology advances at an exponential rate. A broad base of education is more important than ever. Because information and technology will be driving the economy, a good understanding of the branches of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), will give you more job options when industry changes do occur.


Below are the links to articles and web sites I found about future jobs and careers.