It's true that robots and automation threaten some current jobs, but there will be an array of new skills needed for many industries.
The next decade is right around the corner, and by the look of things, some aspects of our lives may never be the same.
Robots could take over many jobs (here's why I think that's irrelevant), and new professions will emerge as a result of artificial-intelligence (AI) development and the global space race. Exciting, isn't it?
Today I want to talk about 10 new jobs that could become reality in the 2020s:
1. Artificial-intelligence salesperson
As artificial intelligence proliferates and enters many segments of society, it will be recognized for what it really is: a useful tool. Just like any other tool, though, it will need someone to sell it to businesses and individuals. Closing a deal involves more than just providing bland numbers and metrics; it will still need a human touch. These salespeople will need to be knowledgeable about the latest advancements in AI development, and capable of explaining the benefits and effects of using their product to both tech-savvy CEOs and individuals who may not know as much.
2. Digital-logistics manager
Cloud computing isn't going away. Decentralized data centers will continue to provide services to individuals and businesses, and this means quick, easy and effortless access to users' files from anywhere in the world. To provide that level of service, data centers need to be optimized and consistently updated and monitored. This is the job for the digital-logistics manager - they will make sure that cloud-computing systems perform data processing at the edge of the network, that is to say, near the source of the data. This is also known as edge computing.
3. IT facilitator
Unlike your regular IT person, this IT expert not only knows the ins and outs of both hardware and software, but is also capable of connecting them into one system that can provide help to the entire organization via an automated-service platform and a set of specialized virtual assistants (chat bots on steroids). These automated help centers would not only answer questions about the use of the company's software, but they would also help users with updating, upgrading and installing new tools. This would reduce the time and expenses needed for employees to learn how to use a company's software. The IT facilitator would also make sure the entire platform is safe and compliant with other companies' protocols.
4. Data brokers
A data broker will be a detective, librarian and analyst for the 21st century. Her job will be to sift through terabytes of data, on local storage or located online, in order to provide answers to clients. This would include answering specific questions and providing the big-picture analysis necessary for making large-scale business decisions, as well as taking action based on those findings. Data brokers would also need to be able to track down elusive data sources, and in cases when online variants cannot be found, make sure the client gets physical, or at least a digital, replica.
5. AI-enhanced, renewable-energy expert
Unlike a regular technician, this expert is trained to advise companies and homeowners on the advantages of renewable energy. More than that, he's capable of implementing a particular type of energy collector, based on a unique setup of each household. This contractor has deals with multiple renewable-energy providers to offer the service that's ideal for a particular customer, based on her location, atmospheric environment and other factors. To make a recommendation, this expert relies on existing data, her own experience and a special AI system capable of processing local data and translating it into a measurable energy-yield assessment.
6. Health and finance specialist
This person is both a life and financial coach. She monitors her clients using special bracelets (or software for existing smartwatches) that can read their vitals. Users then receive both general and individualized advice via the messenger within the bracelet, alerting them to adopt a series of healthy habits or to plan expenses to reach savings goals. These specialists would also get hired by companies to provide added value to employees.
7. Blockchain developer
This isn't a new job, but the proliferation of an existing profession. Cryptocurrencies including bitcoin BTCUSD, +0.98% and Ethereum ETHUSD, +0.82% are here to stay as early adoption gives way to mainstream acceptance. Cryptocurrencies, however, are just one of many implementations of blockchain, and it's by their great merit that this technology has been popularized. (I was bullish on bitcoin in 2014.) Even nowadays, it's obvious that blockchain offers a multitude of advantages to industries, and in years to come, this type of developer will be a recognized and sought-after professional who has the capacity to upgrade the overall efficiency of businesses worldwide.
8. 'Smart' city manager
A "smart" city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data-collection sensors to supply information used for the efficient management of assets and resources. These sensors monitor an array of community services, such as transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement and others, and it's imperative that this data aren't only collected, but also analyzed and acted upon. A smart city manager doesn't just sit in city hall and read through reports - she also is in the control center, providing proper system maintenance necessary for a steady flow of data.
9. Robot technician
As robots proliferate, someone will have to ensure they function smoothly in homes and companies. This is where robot technicians come in. Their work would include not only regular hardware maintenance and fixes, but also software and firmware upgrades and remote assistance.
10. Virtual-reality designers
As the need for AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) experiences increases, so will the demand for designers trained to create captivating virtual and augmented content - from breathtaking vistas to environments with auditory, haptic and scent-related stimuli. Industries affected include advertising, engineering and entertainment.
This list is by no means definite, and it's sorted deliberately. As technology and science march forward, they create new amazing tools and opportunities that go hand in hand with new professions.
Provided there's no World War III, the 2020s look exciting. What do you think about these jobs? Let me know in the comment section below!