THE world is changing at a rapid pace – and so too are the jobs we’re required to work.
While working as an “app developer” or a “social media influencer” would have been impossible 20 years ago, there are loads of people making money from these professions now.
Similarly, jobs will crop up in the next decade which nobody today could possibly believe.
Apartment agent Silver Door has had a guess at what these future careers could look like, with some unusual professions potentially in the works.
Some jobs are extensions of existing careers, with driverless car mechanics a necessary variant to regular car mechanics.
Likewise, surgeons already use robot assistance in some keyhole operations, so a “telesurgeon” isn’t that far-fetched an idea.
But other job titles – like “nostalgist” and “end of life therapist” – sound like something straight out of Black Mirror.
Although there’s no way of knowing what the future really holds, here are a few of the most likely predictions.
We’ve already revealed that robot surgeons could be less than a decade away.
But even as healthcare – and robotics – gets more sophisticated, we’ll probably still need surgeons to perform operations.
The difference could be that telesurgeons will be able to operate on you remotely – using controls on the other side of the room… or even a few miles away.
We’ve already seen robot-assisted surgery for keyhole ops, so why not incorporate robotics into other, more routine procedures?
Autonomous Transportation Specialist
This one really isn’t far away at all, if current leaps in autonomous, or self-driving, transport are anything to go by.
London’s Docklands Light Railway already uses a fleet of driverless trains, and driverless cars are well on their way.
An autonomous transportation specialist would be tasked with managing these and other leaps in transport technology and making sure they all work alongside current manned vehicles.
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End of Life Therapist
People are living longer than ever, thanks to gradual advances in healthcare and disease prevention.
This could result in people spending more money on making sure their final moments are as peaceful and comfortable as possible, rather than on expensive treatments.
An end of life therapist would make it their business to ensure dignity and happiness when people reach the end of the road.
Drone Traffic Controller
Drones are becoming increasingly popular with armies, police forces and companies, so it’s not hard to imagine that there will be millions buzzing around the skies in a decade’s time.
A drone traffic controller, or drone manager, will be tasked with keeping tabs on them as they go about their business.
Productivity drives growth, and companies know it.
That’s why some may end up employing staff just to look over company data to make sure everyone is as happy and hard-working as possible.
Self-driving Car Mechanic
Someone is going to have to keep those driverless cars running smoothly.
The car mechanics of the future will harness the current skills of the trade, as well as extra computer know-how, to keep driverless cars in good nick.
This one may sound a little far fetched, but nostalgia is one thing which may never go out of demand.
A nostalgist would make a living out of their knowledge of a past era, using it to design homes and products which reflect a particularly desirable point in history.
This could even include virtual-reality software to make you relive moments from your childhood or other happy memories in your past.
Previously, we told how a futurologist predicted what our lives will be like in 2040.