Five Unique Jobs That Don’t Exist YetFebruary 26, 2021
It is estimated that 65% of primary school-aged kids will end up in yet-to-be-created careers. Technological advancements have allowed for expansion in areas we never thought would exist. Further, exposing us to new knowledge and endless learning that will prepare us, or at least try to, for the future ahead. Digital transformation has presented organizations with completely new challenges. This involves the need to constantly employ up skilled employees and to try and predict what capabilities may be needed in the future. This is also a window for organizations to become pioneers of their industries. In an era influenced by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs that will be lost and further, the jobs gained under the influence of different scenarios in the near future. As we live in a world that thrives from emerging economies, rising incomes and consumption will globally estimate that 250 to 280 million new jobs may be created from the impact of using incomes on consumer goods alone.
COVID-19 impacted every single one of us, shaking our social systems and disrupting every sector of our economies. The global recession combined with automation of work lead to people losing their jobs at an accelerated pace. This trend is expected to continue. The continuous shift in the division of labor between humans, machines, and algorithms might displace 85 million jobs worldwide in the next five years. Further, 97 million new roles, ones that are more adapted to this new task distribution, are predicted to emerge.
Jobs are forever being replaced, this can be due to a range of reasons. Development and deployment of technology are one of the main reasons why we often see both an increase and a decrease in this area of employment. Many jobs are replaced by machinery; however, this machinery then needs to be serviced and repaired by people, it is a constantly evolving cycle. Job and internship program opportunities will change dramatically by 2050. Being an accounting intern today might mean being a robot repair intern in tomorrow’s world.
Here are 5 jobs that don’t exist now but will in the future.
1. Self-driving car mechanic
This job would involve performing maintenance and repair jobs on autonomous self-driving vehicles. Some skills involved would be advanced software programming and data management, some examples of companies that are hiring now in preparation for this role are Tesla, Porsche, and Uber. I’m sure we have all seen the popular movie ‘Back to the future’, predictions for self-driving cars have been around for years. As mentioned above, new technology may force a drop in employment, but will later discover newer, more exciting opportunities. In this case, a community college outside Detroit has students learning skills for a new course. Electrical engineering internships are not what they use to be. The mobility technicians are the car mechanics of the future, as the state, tries to pre-empt new jobs that will emerge from the developments in road transport.
2. 3D printer chef
Combining 3D printing and food, chefs can now use their own designs or select from a library of hundreds of 3D designs to batch print. The job would involve a professional cook who prepares up meals by programming a 3D printer. The skills would involve programming and software development but also basic math and cooking knowledge for recipes. A data science internship would also help out.
A few companies are hiring for this position at the moment, these include Heinz, Kelloggs, and of course Cadbury. Future-focused food jobs will ditch pots and pans in favor of the 3D printer.
3. Space pilot
There have been many milestones regarding space over the last hundred years and predicted for many more to come. The position of a commercial space pilot would involve flying customers out into space, for fun! This would be an experience that you would pay for. The skills required would be that the individual is geographically inclined with, of course, advanced exposure to physics and mechanical aptitude. These individuals would also interested in astrophysics, learning things like the evaluation of a spacecraft nitrogen generator. A few companies digging into this role include Virgin, Qantas, and American Airlines. Similar to flying overseas, it is said that we may be able to book a trip to space!
4. Garbage designer
Waste is a massive global issue. Increasing volumes of waste are being generated as the global population and living standards grow/rise. The environmental impact is critical, with massive volumes of waste generated annually. There is basic to little treatment to minimize its impact. With the world’s massive waste problem becoming worse, a job will be invented by upcycling rubbish to create better quality items. A garbage designer will basically take recyclable materials and turn them into high-quality products. Skills required would include a background in material science, engineering, and industrial design. Toyota, Ray-ban, and ASOS are all exploring this avenue.
5. Robot repairer
Becoming incredibly popular, businesses are using artificial intelligence tools to effectively create human-like robot assistance around the house. Essentially, robots will be invented to help individuals and employers fulfill requirements like cleaning, cooking, companionship, and so on. Understandably, robots will need to be repaired and therefore a robot repairer will fill this role. The job would require skills advanced in robotics as well as customer service. Big retailers like Amazon, JB Hi-fi, and Myer are all now hiring. In today’s world, you could do air compressor repairs, in tomorrow’s world, you could be repairing robots!
It is so interesting and amazing to read and find out about what the future may hold. Although we might not get the opportunity to see it, preparations are being made now so that we do not fall behind. Globally, we will see endless growth and possibilities that were once labeled as ‘impossible’ and out of reach. However, as captivating as this all sounds, it is said that as much as one-third of the workforce could be out of a job by 2050 thanks to automation. It is predicted that between 400 million and 800 million individuals globally could be displaced by automation and will need to find new work. Further, this means a third of workers are anxious about the future and their careers – anxiety that kills confidence and the willingness to innovate. Out of our control, however, this is what comes with the evolution of technology.