Whether you’re considering a career change or just want to know what future generations can expect, the landscape is changing and new jobs are emerging. From the more mundane to downright insane, we’ve rounded up five of the most exciting jobs that could be here by the end of the decade.
1. Holoportation workers
It’s no secret that the future is digital; In fact, we’ve already seen how virtual reality can take us to places never seen before. What we’ve already seen is just the tip of the iceberg, and Microsoft is already working on the next generation of mixed reality. Its so-called holoportation technology will bring real-time 3D holograms of people into reality, allowing you to interact with someone far away on an almost physical level.
We’ve written about this technology here before, but it’s still unknown what hardware is required to create holograms. However, we know that Microsoft – and other companies in due course – will be able to capture the movement of the body, so it’s not like looking at a portrait.
Holoportation is a broad term for an industry that will likely encompass dozens of roles in varying capacities. Tasks range from research and development to actual implementation, which is seen in stores that require specially trained workers.
2. Bauer of artificial organs
Now for health: a market that has developed greatly in the 20th and 21st centuries. People are now living longer than ever before, but our quest for longevity has not diminished. We are already able to donate organs to those in need, but the number of people willing to donate has not kept pace with demand.
Scientists are already making groundbreaking discoveries about organ donation that build on our genetic similarity to pigs. This could save lives, but benefiting from other animals raises immense moral concerns, as pigs in particular are highly sentient.
Scientists are already creating embryos that do not fully develop into fetuses, but only to a stage where their cells can be recognized as organs. According to IFLScience (opens in new tab)the world’s first “synthetic” mouse embryo was created in August 2022, laying the foundation for further work.
In addition, the healthcare industry as a whole is likely to experience a major transformation. Automating tasks that don’t require human input, like storing and moving parts around hospital buildings, is an example where humans need to monitor, deploy, and maintain robots.
It’s likely that we’ll see even smaller robots deployed, this time inside our bodies, doing work that would otherwise require surgeons to make large incisions to improve recovery.
3. Smart Home Advisor
Many of us already have some smart technology in our homes, whether it’s a smart TV that works with screen casting or voice-activated smart speakers. In fact, with Apple and Google’s respective home apps, we’re seeing more and more smart technology being used in our homes, from lights and outlets to heating and ventilation.
Until now, the untrained individual has been faced with dozens if not hundreds of brands offering similar products with varying levels of interoperability, and the landscape only gets more confusing as more categories get smarter. Much like an interior designer, the job of a smart home designer is to curate the perfect combination of technologies to make everyday life easier.
A Business Wire article (opens in new tab) suggests that the smart home security market alone is expected to grow to $6.81 billion by 2026, compared to an estimated $3.27 billion in 2022.
4. Work from home moderator
We’ve written countless articles about hybrid work trends that have led to more and more people choosing to work from home since the pandemic. Our guides include the best webcams, the best headsets, the best video conferencing software, and the best productivity tools.
According to a Growmotely poll via Forbes (opens in new tab)97% of respondents did not want to return to the office full-time, and another 61% of employees prefer to work fully remotely.
The truth is that while working from home sounds like a dream come true, there are some important considerations that need to be made. However, aspects worth exploring further are not limited to employees’ work-related activities. Your own health and well-being and the financial implications of working from home are just a few of the things that need to be considered. Work from Home Facilitators are likely to be employed by most companies worldwide, although we cannot guarantee that the role will actually involve working from home!
5. Disaster Prediction
Recent history will haunt many of us for a long time, whether it be the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, or a potential financial catastrophe. We’ve already been warned that more could be coming, but the fact of the matter is that it’s inevitable. It’s all about what exactly and when.
Ransomware attacks on businesses are a bigger threat than ever, and cybersecurity has become a key priority for many businesses. A trusted development team obviously helps mitigate attacks, but a team dedicated to predicting cyberattacks could help programmers prepare fixes in advance — or even stop attacks in advance.
Beyond technology, we are under constant pressure to protect the environment. Exceptional heat and drought were observed in many countries in 2022 alone, and with many scientists suggesting this could become more common, predicting disasters is essential to ensure best preparedness. NASA (opens in new tab) has already reported a global average temperature increase of more than one degree Celsius as a result of human emissions.
Whatever industry you work in, your role will almost certainly adapt to a new way of life in 2030, but if you’re ready to take on the next challenge, start brushing up on your skills for one of these five roles now.