Virtual Teachers, Space Junk Recyclers and Drone Managers. It’s safe to say that these aren’t jobs that we see advertised on job board sites today and, most likely, not jobs that many of us have even heard of before.
But this is all expected to change and these new hybrid robotic and human jobs are on the horizon.
Whilst we shouldn’t expect to see jobs of today simply disappearing, we can expect them to be redefined and adapt to the society of the future as well as see brand new ones appear, too. It’s no secret that a number of jobs – such as Lawyers, Doctors and Journalists – could be at risk of becoming automated and, consequently, ‘taken by robots’, but many jobs will still require a human element – humans can relate to emotions, behaviours and attitudes better than artificial intelligence (AI) can. Plus, robots may take jobs away, but they’ll also be able to create new ones in turn.
So what jobs can we expect from the future, and what will they involve?
Space Tourism Guide
Forget being a tourist guide in Spain or a Greek Island – in the future, the hotspot is going to be space. Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group, is working to create a commercial spacecraft to give space tourists a whole new meaning to a holiday – and, of course, they’ll need tour guides.
Love sport, but not very fast on your feet? This won’t be a problem in the future with the introduction of eSport Athletes. The next generation of athletes will still be able to sign to world clubs and, just like traditional athletes, will need to be physically fit to improve endurance, hand-eye coordination and posture.
By 2020, freelancers will make up 40% of the workforce. And, due to one of the most important skills for a freelancer to have is being good time management, we’ll see the introduction of time brokers. In the future, time is expected to be more important than money and people with this job will handle customers’ time instead of money for their services.
AI Personality Writer
Interested in a career that involves writing? Well, in the future, you could find yourself as a personality writer creating realistic character profiles for AI machines and crafting the system’s intelligent responses.
Social Media Lawyer
With 5.8 million cybercrimes happening a year, it’s not surprising that this job will be in popular demand in years to come. When it comes to social media, Facebook and Twitter see numerous incidents reported every 45 minutes – and this is only expected to increase – which will mean these lawyers will be very busy people!
What job do you see yourself doing in the future? Take a look at the graphic below to see what career options could be available to you in just a matter of years.