In the days that mark the fall of the Berlusconi government and the Italian economic crisis (remember? We predicted it in old site) I am as discouraged as all of you The moment is difficult: we can only get out of it if all levels of our country change by looking to the future rather than to the past.
Some jobs will still survive in the future, let's be clear: but there is a whole series of jobs that do not exist today and that could be useful in the near future. Let's go common sense: 60% of the works that will be in 10 years has not yet been invented. I hypothesize and insert some here, for future reference (then in case you don't say we didn't tell you). Many of the changes already visible today will cause the demand for some workers to skyrocket, and this will sometimes happen very quickly. PS: Do not turn up your nose when reading these works: if they seem strange it is only because they do not yet exist.
New jobs by 2020
1. Architect of Augmented Reality - Beyond the paintings that we will put in the house and the new flavors that we will give to food, the future will seem really boring if our reality has not increased in some way.
2. Foreign Currency Advisor - According to many strategic finance agencies, 20% of all online operators develop investment packages in currencies other than their own country: the field is ready for new current accounts and consultants from different markets.
3. Urban agronomist - Why send food all over the world and by any means when they can be grown or raised at zero kilometer? The next generation of products may even be located underground, or there may be stores that directly grow the products they sell.
4. Work colony manager - Even in Italy a 40-year-old (when he is lucky enough to have it) is sometimes found to have already changed jobs several times during his career: within 10 years, if the situation will not change, a 40-year-old will find himself doing even more than 10 jobs . The 'working colonies' are a new type of organized structure designed around objectives to be achieved: a sort of 'virtual workforce' that can be fully engaged whenever there is a demand for a project. Those who manage such groups will be able to successfully face an increasing demand.
5. Contest Producer - One of the major trends in the near future will be to develop contests based on incentives of various kinds to solve problems of all kinds: within a few years each large company will give its name to some 'challenge' to obtain clean engines, or better energy, or (who knows) more performing space vectors. In short, something similar to what is created today among companies interested in giving their name to a newly built stadium.
6. 3D printer - In some courses today 3D printers have already been introduced, and soon the demand for products in three dimensions printed on demand will shoot upwards: this business will give rise to a whole series of professionals linked to the technical use of these tools and their maintenance, as well as the operation of the softwares necessary to translate a customer's request into a finished object, 'printed' and sent to its destination.
7. Interactive editor - Already in the next few months we will begin to evaluate the efforts of large-scale publishing to launch (or convert) literature in a 'simple book' form into increasingly interactive applications, which allow a content to go beyond current limits and eliminate the gap that exists. it is today, for example, between a paper book and an audio book.
8. Social educator - It is clear: since the advent of the internet we have started learning from each other: wikipedia is the largest and most complete encyclopedia in the world, and we are writing it ourselves day by day, just to give an example. The point however is: how much of what we learn from others is valid on a didactic level? How to discriminate right information from wrong information? Establishing and organizing user groups or truly influential and reliable user-based systems is one of the challenges that we will find in the near future. Much of our knowledge will depend tomorrow on the effectiveness of these new online 'agora'.
9. Privacy consultant - If you think you have lost some privacy today, know that this is just the beginning: we are all human beings and we don't always say things that we would not regret one day, or we don't always make shareable choices: protect transparency as well as confidentiality. it will require increasingly specialized figures.
10. Wind turbine repairer - The proliferation of wind turbines around the world will drive a huge demand for repairers who do not suffer from vertigo and are able to solve the new problems that the development of this industry will encounter along the way.
11. Personality developer - The voice services combined with always intelligent computers will allow us to 'talk' with the machines shortly, developing requests and obtaining answers in forms of interaction that will gradually resemble more and more to a dialogue. At that point, the purchase and development of 'personality packages' will allow us to give our 'companionship' a more pleasant character: on the other hand, you want to put the satisfaction of asking Shakira mode to call us a number from address book?
12. Medical Nanologist - Many of today's health problems can be attributed to single cells or small groups of cells: medical professionals able to work at the nanometer level by designing diagnostic systems, remedies and monitoring solutions (a middle ground between the computer scientist and the doctor) will have great request.
13. Ethical philosopher - Each new technology creates by itself a whole set of unforeseen consequences and ethical implications: the inevitable ethical issues will require a new form of 'industrial wisdom' and professional figures able to act as conscience and guide for politicians and entrepreneurs who will find themselves make choices about one technology or another.
14. Transplantation agent - The demand for organs is exploding: the globalization of availability will soon bring out the demand for professionals able to track, identify and make available healthy organs (from willing donors, hopefully).
15. Geriatric Services Provider - With the increase in life expectancy, the number of people aged 80, 90 and 100 will increase significantly: this increasingly large group of citizens will create a strong demand for services geared to these age groups, currently not present on the market.
16. ET3 engineers - The next major ground transportation project could be a passenger and freight system based on a network of magnetic vacuum tubes (we talked about it Thu). Operating at less than 2% of the current costs of cars, trucks, trains, ships and planes, this new transport system would give rise to a series of services and professions related to all aspects of its implementation.
Work by 2030 and beyond
A certain number of technologies present today only on paper will require more time to be introduced on the market: when this happens, in any case, they will bring with them the demand for professional figures connected to them. Here are a few:
17. Drone courier - Drones will be used to send pizzas and products, remove garbage, snow and debris, monitor traffic and pollution, and to change batteries in our cars: shippers equipped with large fleets of drones will experience great economic luck.
18. Ecohacker - Specialists of modifications on plants and trees, able to create personalized fruits, hedges suitable for specific spaces and wooden products "grown on the spot" will be successful in the market created by the new possibilities of natural genetics.
19. Cloner - Developing 'virgin' copies of a human being will be really similar to creating soulless monsters: when the uploading technology (we talk about it here) it will be developed, however, the clone will welcome the personality of the original subject and will be elevated to the rank of a human being.
20. Manufacturer of biological spare parts - The transplant agent we were talking about a few lines up (in vogue just a few decades earlier) will already lose its place when science will be able to develop and mass produce healthy organs from scratch (as is already the case at the research level today: we talk about it here).
21. Biological broker - A future characterized by the exponential increase in life expectancy could be characterized by a huge inequality between a 'Methuselah' population because it is rich and able to pay for long-life drugs, and a class of 'poor' who live less. An intermediate figure could intervene by providing this last class of population with 'stretches' in exchange for money, capable of providing a few more decades of life each time. Perhaps the term 'time bank' will have a completely different meaning after 2050.
22. Geoengineer - It is a new generation of climate control specialists. In the future we will move from the era of weather forecasting to that of climates generated by a humanity capable of controlling some forces of nature on a localized scale.
23. Specialist in nano-weapons - Many of the weapons of the future will unfortunately be too small to be seen with the naked eye: of course their danger will be infinitely greater. New experts halfway between the military and IT will be able to control them, develop them, modify them and (hopefully not) use them.
24. Earthquake Therapist - Everything we know about the core of the Earth has been provided to us by indirect evidence: there are no maps of the Center of the Earth, no accurate diagram, no knowledge of the changes taking place in this vast area: It is a misunderstanding that has cost us 226.000 lives last year alone. This may change when we become more aware of how the earth's crust is moving, and we will be able to develop models that allow us to make the daily 'earthquake predictions' just as we do today.
25. Robolavaggio - A little common sense is enough: if robotics will develop in the next decades, we will have to wash these gadgets. Automatic washing systems or industries born from this armature (specific cleaning products, accessories, etc.) will arise accordingly.
26. Mnemosurgeon - In the future, a branch of medicine specializing in the removal of trauma, negative memories or destructive behavior dictated by accidents or mental disorders may develop.