Once technology has swept away the more repetitive and manual roles, the jobs of the future are set to be more multifaceted and changeable. It’s predicted that the
“survival of the most adaptable” in leadership and highly-skilled roles raises the possibility of leaving behind a whole group of workers and creating a two-tier society.
In the past, technology was simply a replacement for old ways of doing things but, as computers develop the capacity to learn and think, completely new priorities and possibilities have emerged.
The prediction that 40 per cent of the jobs we do today will be lost to automation, from a report by The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), is likely to be fairly accurate. What is harder to predict though, is how changes in society and technology will create new reasons for us to get up in the morning. The consensus amongst experts is that the jobs of tomorrow will not be the same as those of today.
The big question is, just what will we all be doing with ourselves?
Here are top 10 careers that will be commonplace in 2050:
- Medical roboticist: Advanced four-arm medical robots are already a reality, performing operations with pinpoint precision, and this technology will only become more widespread. Controlling it requires a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and high-tech machinery.
- Cybersecurity specialist: As more of our world moves online, more of it will become vulnerable to cybercrime and theft.
- Simulation engineer: As virtual reality expands into more areas of life, we’ll need more hands on the virtual deck to create alternate worlds for us.
- Construction specialist: New ways to build, such as 3D modelling and printing, coupled with advanced robotics will increase the speed, complexity and possibilities of what architects can dream up. Operatives who construct the buildings of the future will need to be highly skilled.
- Transportation engineer: Emerging technology for the super-fast trains and transport systems of the future will all need to be maintained, requiring a new generation of engineers.
- Genetic counsellor: Continuing advances in genomics will make it easier to predict genetic abnormalities before birth, as well as engineer in genetic changes. All this will throw up a whole new set of choices that parents will need help navigating.
- Human/robot interaction specialist: As robots become part of everyday life, the task of making sure they can interact with humans efficiently and, more interestingly, how we deal with interactions with them, will need addressing.
- Weather controller: Our understanding of how weather patterns work is growing and, with it, the potential to manipulate them. With the huge potential for affecting crop yields and preventing natural disasters, this is destined to become a specialism.
- Ethics lawyer: There will always be a place for lawyers, and as technology brings new capabilities and possibilities, ethical questions will become more complex and more commonplace.
- Robotics aesthetician: As we all live longer and aesthetic wellbeing becomes more important in society, skilled cosmetic surgeons and dentists who can work with advanced technology will be in demand.