Futurist Thomas Frey got a lot of press when he predicted that 60 percent of the best jobs ten years from now have not been invented yet.
But we don’t think it’s really all that surprising a prediction. At The Bagg Group, we’ve been filling new kinds of jobs, in all sectors, throughout our 45-plus year history.
So if you can’t think of a job you’d like to do forever … take heart. We guarantee there’ll be some coming down the pipeline that you can’t even imagine today.
To prove the point, let’s go back to the future before glancing into the crystal ball for 2027.
For example, In 2006, who knew …
App developers: That job that went from zero to countless thousands of app developers worldwide at warp speed.
App developers only became a ‘thing’ as of 2007 when the iPhone was introduced, and the Android shortly after. Today, there are more than 2 million apps in the App store, and behind every app is a team.
Back then, no one guessed that in 2016 something called Snapchat would be the most downloaded free app of the year. It’s followed by Messenger, Pokemon Go, Instagram and YouTube.
And the #1 paid iPhone app of 2016 is Heads Up! It’s followed by FaceSwap Live.
The 7-minute workout challenge came in as the 6th paid app of the year. So count fast-fitness trainer as another new job.
Market research data miners:
The rise of big data created a kind of miner previously unknown – the data miner.
The need for those who can delve into heaps of raw data and turn it into valuable intel for corporations is viewed as essential, and this is a job that won’t be disappearing anytime … ever (maybe).
Social media managers:
Before 2006, there wasn’t a lot to manage – most plaftorms had yet to be created. Today, social media managers have a seat in most marketing departments.
Until 2009, you could use your phone to get a lift, but only from a cab, or a friend. Then along came this ride-hailing company, which is the world’s most valuable start-up at more than US $62 billion.
10 years from now, will driverless cars be the norm? If so, there’ll be new roles for the maintenance and management of headless fleets.
Cloud computing specialists
Eleven years ago, if you said you worked in clouds, you’d be asked for a weather report. Today, it’s always raining jobs for cloud management, strategizing, engineering, security, etc.
Futurists say to expect an extraordinary rise in new types of jobs in the next decade and beyond. Among their predictions:
Professional Triber: That’s what futurist Joe Tankersley calls the role of essentially a freelance manager. Tribers will be like Hollywood directors, but for the corporate world, bringing together multi-disciplinary specialized teams for specific business projects.
End-of-Life Planner: More of us will make it to 100, according to the World Health Organization. As a result, futurists foresee that catering to older adults will be a huge and innovative job sector — and there’ll be hot demand for life-memorial planners to design farewell parties the likes of which have never been seen yet.
Virtual Reality Experience Designers: As VR expands, forecasters say, we’re going to see a slew of fantasy jobs turn real.
“From training and conference experiences in the workplace, to global tourism and fantasy running trails for our leisure, to even virtual relationships like the OS in the movie Her, virtual reality will need directors, actors, developers, and designers to make virtual reality very real for us,” predicts futurist Graeme Codrington
Neuro-implant technicians: Think of lab technicians — with a Star Trek twist. Neuro-technolgy, which essentially involves technological interactions with the brain, is on the brink of major breakthroughs and it’s going to mean a huge variety of jaw-dropping jobs.
“We will need a vast range of disciplines to be focused on neurosciences, including brain surgeons, neuro-augmentation and implant technicians and developers, brain backup engineers, real-time MRI scanners and interpreters, and neuro-robotic engineers to build mind-controlled robots and machines,” predicts Codrington.
Urban farmers: Locally-grown will soon come to mean backyard, say future watchers. The growth of cities, along with the rise in concern over large corporate farming, is predicted to create demand for urban farmers who will double as educators for city folk.
Drone dispatchers: In the decade to come, skilled dispatchers will be on call to make sure your friendly drone gets you your pizza, picks up the trash, monitors traffic, and the list of duties drone on and on.
Meanwhile, Bagg Pro, Bagg Technology Resources, Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources and Turn Key Staffing Solutions may not have a crystal ball, but we do get new job postings as they happen so look here first. And know that we’ll always be there to put the right people in the best full-time, temporary and contract jobs of today and tomorrow.
Gene Hayden, author of The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done, is a career coach and The Bagg Group’s writer-in-residence.