Today’s young people face the frustrating challenge of preparing for careers that may not even exist yet. Choosing a college major is hard enough without throwing in the distinct possibility that most of the jobs in your field will soon go by the wayside. Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, claims 65% of kids will end up with jobs that have yet to be created.
Not only will we see new jobs in the future, but we’ll also see a lot of old jobs become obsolete. In a speech at The American Enterprise Institute, Bill Gates predicted that within just 20 years, many current jobs will be replaced by software automation. Gates emphasized the danger for low-skilled positions in particular, but added, “labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower.”
The idea of losing jobs to robots is an unsettling one, but not every profession will be affected. An article in The Economist looked at the probability of specific jobs sticking around in the future, even high-paying positions. Among the most likely to disappear or see significant job losses are telemarketers, accountants/auditors, retail salespersons, technical writers, real estate agents, and word processors.
So what will replace the high-paying jobs currently on life support?
A 2014 article published by FuturistSpeaker.com, listed 162 jobs of the future, highlighting possibilities including atmospheric water harvesters, fear containment managers, and drone traffic optimizers. CareerAddict cited three jobs likely to be born out of technological advancements: AI creator, crowdfunding specialist, and cryptocurrency banker.
Many jobs of the future are a result of the “collaborative economy,” according to Sparks & Honey CEO Terry Young. “Increasingly, we have platforms like online payment systems to transfer funds and social networks to enable collaboration, and so many of these jobs are about people coming together,” he said. Sparks & Honey, a New York-based advertising firm that monitors workplace trends, published a presentation listing 20 careers that will exist in the future.
AOL Jobs partnered with the agency to determine the high-paying positions we have to look forward to in the future. Without further ado, here are 10 jobs of the future that either don’t exist yet or will soon see great expansion, compiled by AOL Jobs and Sparks & Honey.
1. Bot lobbiest
A bot lobbiest will create fake social media accounts to aid in promoting a client’s business and marketing efforts.
2. Future currency speculator
The growing virtual currency market will certainly need experts, one of which will be the future currency speculator.
3. Productivity counselors
These counselors will give advice on everything from wellness to time management, in order to enable workers to prove their value to employers.
4. Microbial balancer
As concerns over dangerous bacterial agents increase and new forms of bacteria are discovered, trained balancers will be needed to assess their microbial composition.
5. Meme agent
We have agents for celebrities of every other kind, so in the future, even stars of internet memes will have representation.
6. Big data doctor
Big data already has a growing influence in many industries, and health care could be next, with a new class of MDs who treat based on a patient’s biographic profile and personal data.
7. Crowdfunding specialist
With the popularity of crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, there’s a growing need for expert advisers to help fundraisers promote their causes.
8. Jobs of the future specialist/recruiter
The quickly changing job market isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, so a professional specializing in careers of the future will have tremendous value to job seekers.
9. Disorganizer/corporate disruptor
A corporate disruptor will be called upon to shake things up at businesses whose systems and processes have gone stale.
10. Privacy consultant
New technology begets new privacy concerns, so in the future people will require expert assistance to manage and safeguard their digital information.