10 futuristic job predictions

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We Indians are quite conscientious of our children’s education and career path they take as we are pretty involved parents who want to be connected to our children even when they grow big, move out and get married. As Indian parents insist on traditional careers such as medicine, law and accounting according to futurist thinkers many of the traditional jobs will be defunct in the coming decades. Whereas many new jobs with wierd names may come up eg. Transhumanist desiner/engineer. So next time your child comes up with a career choice which is totally unheard of do not be alarmed.

 

Here are predictions by futurist Morris Miselowski  for the top 10 jobs in 2050:

1. Nano medic — Someone who works with medicine on a molecular level using tiny robots to investigate problems in the body and solve them from the inside out.

2. Memory augmentation surgeon — Someone who understands how thoughts are stored in the brain and may have the ability to restore memories for people with dementia and alzheimers.

3. Body part maker — The logical extension of all those kidneys, hearts and livers being made by 3D printers at the moment.

4. Transhumanist designer/engineer — Despite the sci-fi title, Mr Miselowski sees this as a human resources role concerned with understanding the capacity of robots and humans, then acting like an “orchestra conductor” to harmoniously get the best out of both of them.

5. Gene programmer — We can already do this to an extent, but research may provide the ability for a full-time programmer to manipulate genes and prevent disease.

6. Brain augmenter — OK this one really does sound bizarre, but Mr Miselowski said it’s a role that would work by manipulating parts of the brain to avoid phobias and reduce disease. But only for good mind mind you, only for good.

7. Spaceport traffic control — If Richard Branson is already planning the first bunch of space tourists, think how many people will be travelling there in 30 years. This is basically a glorified traffic cop.

8. Weather controller — Bear with us on this one, but Mr Miselowski said in 30-40 years time we’ll have a much better idea of how weather patterns are caused, with people dedicating to finding ways to manipulate it that could have potentially huge implications for food crops or natural disasters.

9. Ethics lawyer — To protect privacy and debate ethics of all this possibility. “Because we can is not a good enough reason, to me,” Mr Miselowski said.

10. Domestic robot programmer — Much like a plumber or a tradie, this could be the person you call when something goes wrong with your smart home or domestic robot.

 

And, some of the jobs that will that will go the way of the ‘milkman’:

PARKING INSPECTORS:

Imagine a world where parking police didn’t exist! really?. After all, self-driving cars don’t need anywhere to park.

While they have been rumoured for years now, driverless cars are a closer reality than ever before. Volvo looks like they’ll be first to the party with the Swedish carmaker on the verge of releasing their first range of autonomous cars.

Recognising that this is just the tip of the iceberg, legislators in the US states of California and Nevada have been forced to pass legislation to permit the use of driverless cars on public roads. Once driverless cars become mainstream, there is little doubt that much of how our cities and urban centres operate will change. Among other things, we will no longer need to park our cars while we work or play. Instead, our cars will drop us off and return to pick us up when required. Parking police will thus become a redundant function in society.

 

THE NEWSAGENT:

Newsagencies were once a gold-plated business. They had a bulletproof revenue model centring on the exclusive rights to distribute and sell the magazines and newspapers we all purchased on a daily basis. Then came 1999 — the year of deregulation. From this point onwards, newsagents no longer enjoyed the protected market they once did and business began to get tough.

Today, newsagents have one remaining cash cow — lotteries. With increasing noise from governments that lotto could also be deregulated in the coming few years just as it has in other countries, this may be the last nail in the coffin.

It is entirely likely that the only newsagents still standing in five years time will be those who have diversified to the point where their business model is almost unrecognisable by today’s standards.

TAILORS:

Another age-old profession that looks on the verge of obsolescence is that of tailoring.

A recent partnership between two Australian businesses will allow customers to have their measurements taken by walk-in 3D body scanners. This new technology created by Sydney business mPort is rolling out in shopping centres around the country as you read this article.

Here’s how it works. Once a customer’s dimensions are mapped out digitally, all they need to do is choose the fabric, cut and colour using tailoring company InStitchU’s online system and one month later a custom-made suit will arrive fresh from China.

While some older customers may flinch at the lack of personal touch, this new innovation will likely spell doom for the raft of local tailors across the country.

MORTGAGE ADVISERS:

Instead of an actual adviser to discuss loan options people will be advised by dialing in via Skype to a mortgage adviser in another city who will run through options and will generate a pre-approval on the spot.

With faster broadband speeds just around the corner, so many of the transactional ‘service’ providers we have become accustomed to dealing with in person will simply no longer be required. Mortgage advisers are far from the first and will certainly not be the last profession to fall victim to this trend.

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