11-really

The World Economic Forum recently reported that humanity would be out 7 million jobs by 2020 due to automation—with admin and office jobs taking the brunt of the blow.

But there’s an upside: The study also reports 2 million jobs will be created through technological advances.

Already technology has created plenty of jobs. Titles like app developer, social media director, and Uber driver are among the ones that didn’t exist a decade ago. And the work landscape will continue to evolve, bringing us positions in the next two decades that we can barely imagine now.

To stay competitive, you’ll want to focus your energy on the high-touch, strategic aspect of your job; robots can do a lot, but they can’t (yet) brainstorm, motivate or inspire people. (Except when they can—oops.) Imagine, working side-by-side with the robots doing creative, thoughtful work—the kind only humans can do.

While it’s impossible to say exactly what the future will hold, these 11 examples of jobs that could very likely exist in the future show how current trends could play out over the next couple of decades. Who knows, you could end up landing one of these jobs at some point—if you start working toward it today.

Chief productivity officer

Driving efficiencies will be vital at individual, departmental and organizational levels, and the officer-level position will be important at companies of all sizes says Raj Narayanaswamy, co-founder and co-CEO at Replicon, a company that specializes in cloud-based timesheet management headquartered in Calgary, Canada. “People in officer-level positions must be comfortable working with data and offering recommendations on how to improve productivity,” he says.

Excess capacity broker

As part of that push for productivity, organizations may look for ways to monetize more idle assets, such as renting out space or machinery they own, says author and futurist Julie Austin. An excess capacity broker might analyze an organization and identify assets that could be used, then find other organizations willing to pay for them.

Drone manager

Over the next 10 to 20 years, drones will lose their novelty and become ubiquitous, says Mick Mortlock, senior futurist and co-founder of Imaginexxus LLC, a Lake Oswego, Oregon company that creates products and services based on the analysis and research of imagination. Experts will need to set and enforce standards for acquiring and maintaining an organization’s fleet of drones.

Private industry air traffic control

As part of these drone fleets, companies will need to manage their own air traffic control systems, Mortlock says. These may cross interstate or international boundaries and require negotiation and cooperation with governments, municipalities and other organizations.

Medical mentor

With the trend toward value-based care, there’s a lot of room for helpers, advocates and mentors in health care, says Jim Lebret, assistant professor of medicine and clinical innovation at NYU Medical Center and director of code team leaders at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

“We didn’t have physicians assistants and nurse practitioners years ago, and now multiple roles will continue to emerge,” he says. A medical mentor is someone who may check in after appointments to ensure that patients follow-through on recommendations from doctors about exercise, nutrition or medications, and help people navigate barriers that may be keeping them from success.

Self-driving car mechanic

While self-driving cars will eliminate many jobs, such as those of taxi drivers and couriers, they will create a few as well, Austin says. But these cars won’t be self-fixing, so mechanics will still be in business (in the short term, at least). The mechanic of the future will require be a combination of old-school mechanical ability plus the comfort level to work in a tech culture.

Autonomous transportation specialist

If our future is one that includes self-driving cars, drones and boards that actually hover, cities and towns are going to need humans to monitor all this neo-transit. People will need to integrate these autonomous vehicles into current systems, and then monitor results, Austin says.

Personal medical interpreter

With the advances made in genetic medicine, providers will increasingly be able to offer customized medicines and treatments to patients, Lebret says. Genetic counseling may evolve into genetic coaching. For example, futurist Madeline Ashby envisions super-specialized positions such as interpreter for a new gene-editing tool called CRISPR (clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats). Providers may evolve into individualized coaches or advocates who can inform patients about individualized medical treatments.

Human-technology integration specialist

These people would teach others how to leverage and use the vast array of technologies to improve the quality of their lives, says Charles Grantham, a teacher at the Community Design Institute. This is basically an IT specialist times 10., This person could take a holistic approach that examines all the different work and consumer technologies a person uses and streamline devices and platforms to get the most out of them.

Wholeness mentor

With a greater emphasis on mindfulness and “time poverty”—which Ford Motor Company’s in-house futurist, Sheryl Connelly defines as the fact that connectivity has actually made us feel more busy—in an increasingly chaotic world, the wholeness mentor may well be needed. This person would help others develop lifelong strategies to match their personal purposes with a hobby that provides them with fulfillment of physical needs, a social network and spiritual happiness, Grantham says.

End-of-life coach

With baby boomers approaching the end of their lives in the next 10 to 20 years, there’s likely to be a greater emphasis on how people want to spend their last days, Lebret says. An end-of-life coach can help individuals and families make better decisions on how to spend the last weeks and months of life. “Right now, there’s a lot of excessive treatment at the end of someone’s life,” Lebret says. “In the next few years, there will be a massive shift toward people wanting to add more life to their days, instead of days to their life.” These coaches will help people explore their personal values and medical options so they can create the kind of end of life they want.

Original Source: Fortune

Get started today.
Set up a free trial based on your business needs. Start Free Trial

Global Compliance Desk – Ireland

New Unpaid Parental Leave Entitlement The Parental Leave Acts allow parents to take parental leave from employment in respect of certain children. Under the Parental Leave Act 1998, parents of…Read More

Global Compliance Desk – Germany

Annual Leave Entitlement During Unpaid Special Leave  An employee who is continuously on unpaid special leave for a calendar year is not entitled to holiday leave in the absence of…Read More

25 Employee Payroll Tips for Small Business Owners

Recruiter | July 05, 2019 By Lakshmi Raj, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Replicon Payroll can be a challenging task for any small business but with the right tools, it can become…Read More

Will AI replace consultants?

The onset of AI and smart machines automating formerly-human jobs has been discussed at length as of late -- often in relation to manufacturing and manual labor jobs. And yet,…Read More

6 steps for fast-tracking profitability in your consulting practice

Advice aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses tends to be heavily product-oriented, but in reality the majority of US small businesses fall under the “Professional, Scientific, Technical, and Other Services”…Read More

Consulting firms: 4 ways to improve billing & get paid on time

At the end of the day, your consulting firm relies on the assumption that a good percentage of clients will honor their payments promptly and accurately. In the professional services…Read More
  • Cloud
  • In The News
  • Corporate
  • Professional Services Management
  • Project and Program Management
  • Shared Services Management
  • Time and Attendance Management
  • Workforce Management
  • Customer Feature
  • Feature Update
  • Time Intelligence
  • Industry News
  • Webinar Recap
  • Global Compliance Updates
  • Chat with us
    How can we help you?