By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Cancer
In 2030, some of the most popular jobs could be vertical farmer, limb maker, waste data handler or narrowcaster, according to a new U.K. report.
In 2030, some of the most popular jobs could be vertical farmer, space pilot or body part maker, according to a new report.
A new report (.pdf) commissioned by the U.K. government and conducted by Fast Future asked a select group of futurists and thinkers to list what science and technology jobs they think would be most popular by the year 2030 -- with consideration to advances and developments achieved between now and then.
The group came up with 110 roles, of which 20 were selected for the study. As you might expect, the results are quite interesting.
For example, computers and robots are expected to transform the fields of medicine and farming. In medicine, the invention of new limbs and organs will allow for a new job for sports teams and the military: body part maker.
On the microscopic level, "nanomedics" would allow selected scientists to treat cancer and other resistant diseases at the cellular level.
But that's not all. Here's the complete list of all 20, with summarized descriptions:
- Body part maker: Create living body parts for athletes and soldiers.
- Nano-medic: Nanotechnology advances mean sub-atomic treatments could transform healthcare.
- GM or recombinant farmer: That's "GM" as in "genetically modified" or engineered crops and livestock.
- Elderly wellness consultant: As an aging population increases in size, we'll need folks to tend to their physical and mental needs.
- Memory augmentation surgeon: Like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, surgeons could boost patients' memory when it hits capacity.
- 'New science' ethicist: With the rise of cloning and other ethically-dubious practices, ethicists will be needed to ford the river of progress.
- Space pilots, tour guides and architects: Space tourism will allow for space pilots, tour guides and the architects that will allow them to live in lunar outposts.
- Vertical farmers: The future of farming is straight up. Vertical farms in urban areas could significantly increase food supply.
- Climate change reversal specialist: Regardless of what you think about human-induced climate change, it's clear we'll need scientists who specialize in altering it.
- Quarantine enforcer: When a deadly virus spreads rapidly, quarantine enforcers will "guard the gates."
- Weather modification police: If weather patterns can be altered and adversely affect other parts of the world, law enforcement will be needed to keep things legal.
- Virtual lawyer: As international law grows to supercede national law, lawyers will be needed to handle cases that involve people living in several nations with different laws.
- Classroom avatar manager: Intelligent avatars will replace classroom teachers, but the human touch will be needed to properly match teacher to student.
- Alternative vehicle developers: Goodbye, internal combustion engine. Zero-emission cars will need smart people to design and manufacture them.
- Narrowcasters: As in, the opposite of "broadcaster." Media will grow increasingly personalized, and we'll need people to handle all those streams.
- Waste data handler: Think of it as an "IT axe man"... for information. Waste data handlers will destroy data for security purposes.
- Virtual clutter organizer: Now that your electronic life is more cluttered than your physical one, you'll need someone to clean things up -- including your e-mail, desktop and user accounts.
- Time broker/Time bank trader: What's more valuable than precious metals, stones or cold, hard cash? Your time.
- Social 'networking' worker: A social worker for the Web generation.
- Branding managers: These already exist for celebrities, but now everyone needs a "personal brand" so others can easily digest who you are and what you stand for.
For complete descriptions and resources, see the original site.
Here's Fast Future CEO Rohit Talwar discussing the study in a video:
One more interesting factoid: according to the study, people are now expected to have eight to 10 jobs in a lifetime, owing to the rapid acceleration of technological development.
Jan 19, 2010
I thought I put the link to the you tube video above. But it wasn't there and then it just sits there spooling when I attempt to edit my comment above. So I'm putting it here: http://youtu.be/qGozFBtpkSs There hopefully that works.
Really liked the article overall. I was most fascinated by the possibilities in the areas of vertical farming. I could literally see how you could water at the top and have it trickle down watering everything. And how you would use reflectors to redirect the light to the interior of the stack. You could literally have one in an urban area and then have a produce store/stand right at the base if it and sell your goods there. I found a video that talks about the top 37 jobs for 2013 - 2014 and there are new ones on there that weren't there 3-4 years ago when I saw the list at that time. Here's the video Highest Paying Jobs Without A Degree The job they have at the end "Social Media Manager" is pretty intriguing to me at least.
These are very likely going to be emerging fields of technology, with the exception of time broker, that one I'm not so sure about. With that said I'm a bit skeptical this is going to lead to job growth. It will almost certainly lead to new jobs but in a number smaller than that which they displace. Technology enables us to fill our needs more efficiently and save money. The reason it does this, is because it allows us to maintain or increase productivity while maintaining or reducing the workforce required. I don't want to paint a doomsday scenario, I believe we can find a bright future in all of this but we need to think beyond the concept of traditional jobs to come up with a solution. Martin Ford's The Lights in the Tunnel is the best read I have seen to date that really understands the economic implications of future technology.
make loads of vertical towers. and loads of cool electric cars. make sure each person has a vertical tower to themselves. that would be cool
I find I am becoming seriously annoyed by what futurists think and say about the future. Even the idea of "most popular jobs" is a strange one. Most of the items listed are natural branches of already existing professions. Body part maker and the other medical jobs would naturally be performed by doctors specializing in those particular areas. We have always experimented with genetics in livesock. We get a known good breeder female and a known good producer male. The climate change specialist and weather modification police is another irritation. Man is too finite and the planet is too big. Even if we could, human nature is to think too simplisticly and mess things up. Elderly wellness consultant? Right. How will wiping drool (and worse) become popular, exactly? As far as verticle farming, we in America have LOTS of space yet. As for the global food market, the causes of starvation in 'developing' countries is political, not 'technical' or environmental. Veritcal farming is a neat idea, but it will become a reality IF it is practical and cost effective to do so. I guess I am most irked about 'most popular' idea. That turns the technology gains of the future on its head. Useless waste of time.
I think are one of the most important things to implement for our future. As available land grows sparse and the cost of food continues to increase making these two resources more cost effective are the absolute best things we can do for our economy. There are two things that "break the bank" so to speak in families struggling financially. One is quality food, a person can feed themselves on far less that we usually do. Buying raw grains and cooking them ourselves is an option to get the required carbs and proteins our bodies need, but they leave much to be desired. Research continually enforces the need for whole uncooked fruits and vegetables in variety to reach optimal health. I am quite disappointed with this movement against GMO, of course there are concerns regarding genetic modification and they should be addressed intelligently, but the benefits far outweigh the risks our apocalyptic prone minds can come up with. We need affordable quality food to have a thriving economy. Two is land, this is currently our number one non-renewable resource. Forget oil, come down to it, we can replace oil with an alternative. Land is not renewable (though perhaps one day expandable, we are not there yet). Being more efficient with our use of land (I guess I should say space, but I say land to avoid confusion with outer space). In the US, LARGE portions of land are used for farming. Much/most of that soil has become malnutritioned from decades of use and produces malnutritioned food, its time we use it for something else. Growing in controlled environments in close proximity to where they will be consumed can produce higher quality, more nutritious food with less impact on the environment. It also allows for a paradigm shift that may allow for further innovation in farming. YAY!