The 15 Jobs Everyone Will Want in 2035

When we ask the children of today what they want to do when they grow up, the answers might sound very different from our own, at their age. As technology continues to evolve, jobs must also come with it. A new report by Dell Technologies supports this theory. It posits that 85% of the jobs that today’s children will do in 2030 do not yet exist. We found a few of the industries that will need workers. Maybe your own next career lies among them.

1. Atmospheric water harvesters

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Water shortages have become a growing problem. | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile/Wikimedia Commons

Water shortage remains one of the planet’s most troubling problems — none of us can live without water. As such, harvesting water has become a more and more pressing field. Gathering moisture from the atmosphere itself might also join rainwater and runoff as a significant source of usable H2O.

Next: This futuristic structure will help monitor data exchanges in a more sophisticated fashion.

2. Creators and monitors of the ‘God Globe’

It is basically a live stream of everything going on in the world. | Three Lions/Getty Images

The Futurist Speaker, Thomas Frey, envisions a major global command center with a huge, spherical display that will represent information geographically. The “God Globe” will display data with extreme detail, so the monitoring team can detect and address problems instantly. For example, if the monitors see a hurricane forming near a city center, they can use the globe to map its path and minimize destruction.

Next: The way we work and live will create these types of positions.

3. Facilitators for the sharing economy

Apple iPhone 6s plus with Airbnb application on the screen.
It’s more about sharing and less about consuming. | OhmZ/iStock/Getty Images

Increasingly, we turn to “sharing” models to do business rather than traditional corporate structures. For example, many people travel using AirBnB, use Uber or Lyft instead of driving, and set up shop in coworking spaces instead of offices. As such, sharing economy managers can enact and run these types of companies, as well as ensure consumer best practices. Sharability auditors might subsequently analyze homes, businesses, and lifestyles to uncover sharable assets, too.

Next: The following way of looking at yourself can also create jobs.

4. Quantified self analysts

They’ll be able to analyze job candidates based on data. | iStock/Getty Images

Job applications often ask for such nebulous facets as “leadership” and “communication” skills, as well as concrete skills and degrees. However, as we collect more and more data about each person online, the former become easier to measure. The more sophisticated that information becomes, the more companies will use it to hire candidates. That means they will need analysts and data managers to gather and crunch those numbers. Individuals might also approach quantified self analysts to see how they stack up against others and improve their own metrics.

Next: As this industry grows, so will its employees.

5. Commercial drone engineers and operators

A Boy With A Quadcopter Drone
They’re going to become more and more sophisticated. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Much like model planes in the 20th century, drones and other unmanned aircraft require special regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration set a series of guidelines, and the industry continues to evolve. As drones become more and more common in delivery, modern warfare, communication, and surveillance, the number of engineers and operators will also increase.

Next: The following production method will also need a range of employees.

6. 3D printing innovators

It’s just going to keep expanding. | Jean-Phillipe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Goldman Sachs called 3D printing one of eight technologies destined to “creatively destroy” how we conduct business. And as we continue to refine 3D printing as an industry and find new ways to use the technology, it creates more jobs, as well. Former Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson once said, “3D printing will be bigger than the internet.” That means innovators in virtually all sectors can enter 3D printing as an industry, similar to the way the digital sector has changed our lives, as well.

Next: This aspect of the internet generates an entire profession.

7. Internet of things engineers

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Connectivity will continue to be optimized. | anyaberkut/iStock/Getty Images

Morgan Stanley believes that 75 billion devices will be connected to the internet of things by 2020. The internet of things refers to the network of devices that use that connectivity to exchange information. This connectivity requires specialists to improve efficiency, set up networks, and even optimize users’ lifestyles with connected devices.

Next: Rapidly improving technology means this industry might soon become a reality.

8. Augmented reality architects

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Someone needs to determine its future functions. | Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/Getty Images

As virtual reality and augmented reality finds additional functionality outside entertainment, architects will need to implement it more smoothly into our lives. We will need engineers to create augmented reality and determine its most innovative function. In addition, augmented reality educators can help users figure out the best way to use it for them.

Next: Along with augmented reality come this possibility, and associated careers.

9. Avatar relationship managers

Human-like avatar
Avatars are only going to get more and more human-like. | kentoh/iStock/Getty Images

It doesn’t lie far outside the realm of probability that avatars — or digital representations of humans — become more prevalent in our society. The rise of free-thinking avatars means we will need to learn how to interact with them, and they with us. Ethical concerns, differences in operations, and simple interpersonal interactions will require relationship managers to facilitate.

Next: Do you hate the sound of Siri’s voice? This career can help.

10. Computer personality designers

Apple iPhone 4S with Siri
We may get sick of the same old voice. | Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Some of us get sick of the mechanized sound of computer voices. As they become more and more prevalent in our everyday lives, we can imagine computer personality designers creating more lifelike representations. The ability to download “personality packages” will also make your Siri, Amazon Echo, or other device feel more real. Designers and engineers will need to create these personalities and help troubleshoot any issues that arise.

Next: Our digital lives means this job will become more necessary.

11. Digital privacy managers

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They will make sure all your data is safe. | Bet_Noire/iStock/Getty Images

With the recent scandals surrounding Facebook and personal data, digital privacy seems more important than ever. Because people do not always make the best decisions with their online presence, digital privacy managers can help. These experts at protecting and managing your online self will become more and more integral, as our online and offline lives further intertwine.

Next: As we continue to evolve in the following area, so will associated careers.

12. Nano-medics professionals

Research Scientist Looks into Microscope
Medical science is targeting single cells. | Gorodenkoff/iStock/Getty Images

More and more, doctors and researchers can trace medical problems down to single cells or small groups of them. As a result, nano-medics, strategists, and researchers will see increasingly high demand. Health professionals capable of working on the nano-level, both in designing diagnostics systems, remedies, and monitoring solutions can additionally help address our physical concerns at a deep level.

Next: Our aging population means we need more of these than ever.

13. Octogenarian service providers

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Caring for the elderly will become a huge job. | Rawpixel/iStock/Getty Images

According to the Census Bureau’s “middle series” projections, the elderly population will more than double between now and the year 2050, to 80 million. By that year, as many as 1 in 5 Americans could fall under the “elderly” category. As such, octogenarian service providers will need to address the unique needs of this large and growing population. Those can include traditional elder services, but also facilitating integration into our digital-first society for those who did not grow up with it.

Next: Our ability to engineer the natural world will only improve, too.

14. Plant doctors and educators

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They will ‘teach’ plants to grow in ways that benefit us. | Pidjoe/iStock/Getty Images

Botanists who specialize in manipulating growth patterns, creating grow-to-fit wood products, and personalized fruit will see increasing demand as the technology continues to grow. In addition, plant educators will need to “teach” plants to grow in ways that work best for us. Doctors who diagnose and fix problems, as we take greater control over growth cycles, will also become a specialized field.

Next: As many industries become obsolete, someone needs to deal with that.

15. Industry dismantlers

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They will dismantle industries that have become obsolete. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Over the coming years, a number of industries will need to cease, which will require a skilled workforce of people who can make that happen in the easiest way possible. Industries that operate based on aging systems and infrastructure, or those made obsolete by technological advances, can both become “customers” for this industry. Dismantlers can help them cease operations in a way that does not disrupt the systems that depend on them and will need to transition out.

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