25 jobs of the future: trends that deserve your attention

25 jobs of the future: trends that deserve your attention

The world is changing fast, and so is the job market. New professions are coming, and some are going away. Are you ready for the future?

Do you what the jobs of the future are?

If you are starting off your professional life, probably there are dozens of indecisions boiling on your mind and you have realized how traditional jobs can suffer drastic changes over the years. Maybe you have doubts about going to college or investing in a different career that brings you pleasure.

Or maybe you already have a career, but you want to know about the changes in the job market.

This is a common doubt and, inevitably, should be considered according to the job market in the next years.

If this is your case, today we will talk about how innovations can affect current jobs and what the best path to follow is, taking into account the new technological wave that is upon us.

Technology and the job market

A few years ago, there was a lot of talk about new technologies and how the world would change drastically around the year 2020. A lot of curious predictions about how our lives would be affected by all the changes to come were introduced. The reality is that we are living through a technological revolution that, so far, only existed in sci-fi stories.

Whereas Generation X wanted stability and acquiring goods, Millennials want experience, which is not necessarily connected to owning more things.

More and more, people use rideshare apps.

More and more, people choose to rent an apartment instead of buying one.

The logic of the job market will always be aligned as science innovates, technology develops and new demands arise in the world.

That’s why there’s so much talk about innovation companies, and what they do is really this: they adapt to what the public wants.

Companies such as Airbnb and Uber were not just a lucky guess.

And it is based on this demand in the market that we predict the professions that will be in high demand in the next few years!

25 jobs of the future

Although many careers will simply cease to exist, others will be created to meet new needs. They are:

1. Software developers: they are, and will still be for a long time, valued professionals in the market. They are part of the group that creates new systems to automate processes.

2. Specialists in User/Customer Experience: there are different variations for this professional in the market, such as Customer Success Analyst. The job of this professional is to provide all the necessary assistance to a client when a certain product is bought, or a service is hired. It is increasingly common to find these professionals in e-commerce companies and other platforms that pay close attention to the customer’s results and positive experience.

3. Creators: these professionals are already popular, and will remain so in the next few years. These are the people who create content online – they are also known as digital influencers.

4. Advisor to Creators: there are many agencies and professionals that take care of the careers of digital influencers, and the tendency is that more and more will be needed as new creators emerge.

5. Online teacher: distance learning tends to expand in the next few years, and teachers have started to notice the potential of the online classroom, which allows them to reach more students. This is a trump card for professionals who want to grow their business of spreading knowledge. The market of online courses is increasingly specialized and disseminated.

6. Coaching: a coach is a professional who helps other people advance in different areas of their lives, but especially their professional careers.

7. Physical activity coaching: now that social media has more and more influence on body image, the demand for people who want to exercise daily will continue to increase.

8. Digital marketing professional: even though this is an old profession, this professional has gained a lot of space in the online world, which led to specialization in this career focusing on the Internet.

9. Big data analyst: this is a professional that analyzes all the information from an online system, and can influence the course of a business or company.

10. Community manager: this professional is responsible for dealing with customers and communities around a company, collecting opinions in order to improve the business and the position of the company with these people. Some companies already have people in this position, which will surely expand in the next few years.

11. Environmental engineer: the environment has been suffering drastic changes, and this profession will be essential among the jobs of the future.

12. Hospital engineer: technology in hospitals has also evolved and new machines are developed for new treatments, surgeries, and the day-to-day lives of health professionals. That’s why hospital engineers are definitely among the jobs of the future.

13. Information security: this will be the professional that ensures that all digital information from a certain company isn’t tampered with or hacked.

14. Waste manager: the production of residue has increased considerably, especially the solid ones, which has led to the need of managing this matter.

15. 3D Architect and Engineer: in the engineering sector, architecture and urbanism, it will be possible to project spaces in 3D, and that’s why professionals should specialize in this area to provide a more realistic experience to their customers.

16. Wearables developer: wearables are glasses, lens, watches and other devices with some kind of technology that makes people’s lives easier. And the professionals that can develop these devices are going to be in high demand in the next few years.

17. Image consultant: similar to the physical activity coaches, an image consultant provides people with the best advice on how to look good. And not only in their personal lives, but professional as well, from haircuts to outfits.

18. Innovation manager: as much as this sounds like a generic term, it is already possible to find companies with this job offer. This professional will be responsible for rethinking the strategies of a company, be it in its core business or in some specific area, in order to improve their business model.

19. Geneticist: this is already a current profession that will gain more space in the upcoming years. Among the many tasks of a geneticist, is the possibility of identifying diseases a person might develop in the future, and act on it even before the symptoms appear.

20. Talents manager: managing talents goes a little bit beyond what the Human Resources does nowadays. It is necessary to identify and act more assertively on the strengths and weaknesses of people, to allow them to become better professionals in their careers.

21. Inside sales representative: the customer has now much more choices, and that’s why companies, especially those in the B2B market, have representatives that will approach the customer only when they have shown interest in the product. This means that sales will be more and more personalized, and assertive depending on the prospect.

22. E-commerce specialist: e-commerce is already a very common business model in people’s lives. However, with so many virtual stores competing online, standing out will be necessary to attract customers.

23. Mental health professional: professions that deal with matters of the mind (therapists and psychiatrists, for example) will still be in high-demand. The explanation is quite simple: it is still very unlikely that machines will replace the personalized care that these professionals have towards their patients.

24. Specialist in renewable or alternative energy: concern about the environment keeps on growing and it will not cease in upcoming years. On the contrary! The tendency is that it will be more and more necessary to think about alternative resources that won’t impact our environment. That’s why this kind of professional is extremely important in our future.

25. Financial manager: this professional is and will be for many years indispensable so that small and large businesses can manage their money and keep their finances in the black. As much as there is virtual intelligence that can do math better than humans, this position also comes with the responsibility of making decisions computers are not yet able to make.

The biggest insight for the years to come is thinking about careers that deal with creativity and relationship.

This is because those are functions that artificial intelligence cannot reproduce well with precision.

In this list, we find salespeople, designers, and creators, also known as digital influencers.

These last ones are professionals who started to explore the opportunity new channels have to offer, such as YouTube, and discovered a way to profit by producing new content. The same happens to bloggers and digital producers, who transmit knowledge and debate about new topics that are relevant for a determined audience.

This profession will make more and more sense, especially thinking about Generation Y and Millennials, who are not used to watching television as our parents and grandparents still do. If before it was necessary to wait for the time the soap opera or the news would be on, today the user determines what and when he wishes to watch.  

The way in which we share knowledge is also evolving. More and more teachers, experts and teaching institutions pop up betting on the internet to teach long distance. The advantage of this model is the possibility of a high range of people being impacted by that content, regardless of the day and time.

For a not-so-distant future, one can predict classes using virtual reality headsets, which simulate the presence of an instructor or the practice of previously learned content. Have you ever imagined a simulation, almost real, of a science class in a lab? Michael Bodekar talks, in his TEDx talk, about how virtual reality will revolutionize the teaching of science, as you can check out on the video below:

Recently, a Second World War veteran went back to the city he freed from the nazis through virtual reality glasses. Meetings with distant relatives, business meetings, communicating with people from all over the world; every communication can be redefined by using only one gadget.

Medical treatments already use this kind of equipment to rehabilitate people who have lost the movement of the limbs, for autistic guidance, rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury and other illnesses. Have you ever imagined all the evolution this gadget could bring to medicine?

Professions that may become obsolete

As we advance in terms of technology, processes in society tend to become smarter and more automatized. In being so, it is possible to predict that the more operational a position is, the more it tends to vanish over the years.

An example is supermarket cashiers.

Recently, Amazon has launched Amazon Go, which is nothing more than a supermarket without cashiers. The client logs in an Amazon account when he or she gets to the shop and a virtual kart is created. When he leaves he will be charged on the same account which he checked in with. If you found this impressive, watch the video presenting the new technology:

In the same way, telemarketing operators are being substituted by automatic customer service, as well as tellers, once everything is done through mobile phones or ATMs.

Substituting human labor by machines in operational processes decreases company cost and is the reason why the trend is for even major traditional corporations to adapt to the new model. We have learned from Kodak that companies that do not get up-to-date are swallowed up by those who happily embrace innovations, even if they are newer to the market.

How to adapt to change

Even though some professionals get apprehensive by reading that their careers might come to an end, it is necessary to point out that many of them will only go through an evolutionary process.

An electrician, for example, will have to specialize in installing automatic gadgets for smart homes and offices.

However, it is necessary to prepare oneself not only for the new dynamic some companies have been taking on but also to adopt new specializations the new job market will demand.

Pay attention to the world around you and try to notice how you can contribute to solving demands or problems.

And, of course, study a lot. Seek different sources of knowledge, regardless of your position in the job market.

An important point of attention

To talk about careers of the future means to predict what will be on demand and, probably, will have satisfactory financial gains in a few years. But the concept of success is also going through changes. The youth who gets to the job market look for cozy and laid-back environments, with a purpose aligned with their future objectives. In other words, the premises of working with what makes you happy must make more and more sense.

This is a well-known aspect in young professionals who search for professional achievement, not only financially. We have written a post on this and, if you are about to make any important decisions in your professional life, we recommend you read it, just click here.

We hope you have enjoyed our post. Let us know what you think will be the best jobs of the future in the comments section below!

*This post was written in January 2017, and updated in January 2018 to contain more precise and complete information. 

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