Careers of the Future: Jobs for 2020 and Beyond
The weirdest, most disconcerting, but also the most exciting thing about the job market is that it’s a transient, ever-changing thing. People may be entering higher education with what they believe is a clear plan for the future, when most of the jobs they will end up taking probably don’t even exist yet. In fact, it’s not even possible to know what the jobs of tomorrow will be. But while we can’t be entirely certain, we can make an educated guess based on past and current industry trends.
Below are some of the possible jobs that might end up being promising careers in the future. These are jobs that already exist here and now in 2019, but will likely become more important as time goes on.
1. Solar and Wind Energy Technician: The world is moving faster and faster towards a clean energy future and like wind energy, solar energy is going to be a major aspect of our move towards that future. The cost of implementing solar energy is dropping steadily, making it increasingly affordable for businesses and homes. In cities around the world, solar energy technicians are enjoying stable employment as the industry grows, making it a great field to get into right here and now. Skilled technicians for the installation, maintenance, and repair of wind turbines and solar panels will only increase in demand as we move forward.
2. Digital Content Specialist: One of the big cultural moments of this generation, and one that continues to cement itself as we go forward, is the rise of digital media. There is an ever-increasing demand for more dynamic, on-demand content because of devices and services that keep us constantly connected to a near-infinite trove of content. Organisations throughout the world have started to find that digital content is now a major aspect of sustaining their relevance. This is why digital content specialists - be they video producers, writers, social media managers, or all sorts of other titles - are in very high demand, especially with the growing popularity of remote and freelance work.
3. Biomedical Engineer: This is a field that has already revolutionised the healthcare industry. Biomedical engineering is one of the best careers to get into if you want your work to have a positive impact in the world years ahead. Biomedical engineers are involved in some genuinely cutting-edge research and development, getting to design sophisticated medical devices, artificial organs, bionic prostheses, and implants.
4. Drone Pilot or Dispatcher: While the world continues to try and figure out the best ways to regulate the use of drones, people continue to dream up new and interesting ways to utilise remote flight technology. Instead of being used for military and recreational purposes, drones are becoming increasingly common in all kinds of civil and commercial fields. Companies like Amazon envision a future in which packages are delivered by Drones. But they could also be used for things like cleaning up litter, monitoring pollution levels, performing routine tasks in high, hard-to-reach places, etc. Companies and agencies have begun to put together teams of drone pilots and dispatchers to manage their fleets of tiny remote-controller aircrafts.
5. Tech Ethicist: Technology is growing at such an exponential rate that we’re constantly struggling not to cross established ethical lines. We still haven’t quite learned that just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. An ethicist’s job is to make sure we don’t learn that lesson the hard way, while helping us navigate hard questions about the potential moral and scientific ramifications of technological advancements. As an example, how much information should we be allowed to have about other people, etc. are some of the questions that will become more and more relevant as technology continues to evolve. We will need professionals who specialise in answering, or at the very least exploring, those questions.
While most of today’s occupations aren’t going to disappear overnight, they will likely undergo several changes with some of them morphing into entirely new fields. It’s a difficult thing to wrap one’s head around but that’s what makes it so exciting. Humanity has repeatedly demonstrated an aversion to change, but it’s important to not be overwhelmed by it and to adequately prepare for the future. Next time, we will look at jobs that don’t currently exist, but probably will.