As noted in another article, there are 5 Skills of the Future That AI Cannot Replace. And as a business, you should help your workforce develop these skills. But your job doesn’t end there. What you should do next, as automation will take over old jobs, is to make room for the new positions that will be created in the process.
Imagine that 15 years ago, jobs like SEO Specialist or Social Media Manager didn’t exist—or they were not popular at all. Now, these types of jobs are in high demand and that’s because the landscape changed, with more and more people spending most of their lives on the internet and demanding better online services.
So, considering that the jobs of the future will be focused on creation and innovation, with machines giving us the opportunity to explore, experiment, and discover efficient solutions to problems such as world hunger and pollution, what are the positions you should consider creating for the new wave of employees?
Let’s find out!
1. Custom Body Part Manufacturer
One of the most promising careers of the future seems to be growing or 3D-printing custom organs using the patient’s own cells. It’s not a real job yet, but scientists have been working in this direction and have already had some success at growing external body parts or creating hearts and kidneys in their labs.
2. Trash Engineer
Humans produce 2.6 billion pounds of trash annually. And it all ends up in a landfill. So solutions need to be developed to extract valuable elements from the world’s many landfills, turn them into usable resources, and fill in the voids with good-quality soil.
3. Organizational Disrupter
The role of an Organization Disrupter is envisioned as a solution to the innovative and creative challenges faced by every company in every industry. A person with this function would come in and introduce a few seemingly chaotic changes within the organization to promote innovation, creativity, risk-taking, and collaboration.
4. Personal Education Guide
The future of education is predicted to become more personal. With the convenience of online programs at hand, people will want to learn more for their own personal growth (and perfect themselves for the jobs of the future) while getting recognized credentials. This is where a Personal Education Guide will come in and help clients make the right decisions while helping educational institutions design customized training plans to meet the new student demands.
5. Space Tourism Guide
Probably the most far-fetched on this short list is the Space Tourism Guide. But whether you believe it or not, companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic have already made plans to commercialize space travel for the masses. So imagine people coming to your agency asking for holidays into the orbit. You’ll need to provide them with a special guide to help them prepare and get adjusted to a new environment.
There are plenty of other jobs that don’t exist yet but are predicted to hit the labor market by 2050. And there are plenty of other jobs of the future that exist today, that seem to continue to expand. However, this short list can help you envision how the future will look like for humans after automation takes over the most repetitive tasks.
By imagining these career possibilities and where the path leads forward, you can prepare and adapt to the future’s most interesting and plausible scenarios. And in any event, for the jobs that already exist and that will continue to undergo changes to suit an ever-evolving future, training programs should and will be developed so that the worker today can also thrive tomorrow.
It’s up to you whether or not you want to start making plans based on how the future is predicted to be like. After all, automation is more complex than most people think. Factors such as cost, regulation, wage elasticity, security, analog-attractiveness, ethics, adoption speeds, and liability have yet to be fully figured out by most businesses. Besides these parameters, there are other variables such as energy and data storage that will influence automation transformation. And last but not least, as a company and individual, the choice to have an automated life or business is yours to make.