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What are the careers of the future?

The world of work is changing at a breathtaking pace, with some careers vanishing overnight and others being born with an equal alacrity. Job displacement has been an inevitable part of the societal journey from the manufacturing era to the present age and the disruption will only get larger in the future. The job seekers of today and tomorrow need to be ahead of the curve in anticipating future career paths.

There have been doomsday predictions that human jobs would fall prey to automation within a span of 10-20 years. The ground reality, however, suggests otherwise. Healthcare and tech count among the fastest growing sectors of the US economy and are estimated to expand dramatically in the next decade.

Technological advances have created jobs that were unimaginable a mere 10 years ago. Big Data was nowhere on the horizon and neither were app developers, social media managers and drone operators a decade ago. Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are creating a new kind of workplace. Even cconventional undergoing a transformation, thanks to the intervention of AI and the internet. Take education for example. Now courses and even entire degrees are self-taught through online study programs.

The technological and green economy will see the emergence of unchartered career territories. The future of work will hinge on human-machine synergy, and Man-Machine Teaming Managers would play a crucial part in bringing this to fruition. In the new world order, Analytics Directors will make businesses more effective by thoroughly examining and analyzing the data patterns. User Experience Directors will oversee a brand’s interaction with its customers. Sustainability Directors will nudge organizations towards environment-friendly policies and a sustainable future, while Mobile Applications Developers will create and enhance the world of conventional and Virtual Reality apps. Web analysts will study website data to troubleshoot issues and capitalize on opportunities and Data Detectives will solve business puzzles and generate recommendations based on the data derived from Internet of Things devices, sensors and other equipment. The AI-Assisted Healthcare Technicians will use AI technology to provide comprehensive care and diagnosis to patients and advice on matters pertaining to healthy lifestyles and means of achieving weight loss.

There will be a huge demand for data analysts to translate deluge of data, made possible by Big Data and AI, into business intelligence and enhanced productivity. Digital media experts will facilitate purchase decisions and Digital marketers will help companies to design marketing and product strategies, based on insights about customer behavior. Cyber-security experts would be in demand, given the continuous scourge of computer security breaches. Robot programmers, virtual reality experience designers, remote vehicle operators and block-chain engineers will be the other careers of the future. Jobs that involve human interactions, such as teachers, managers and care-givers would also be in vogue.

There is a false assumption about a fixed number of jobs that are lost for good after they are lost. Technology has always created more jobs than what it has destroyed. People need to make themselves relevant by re-training for the future.

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