What a difference a decade makes: 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago
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We explore how technology has changed the job market over the past decade.
In 2020 the world is a very different place and so is the workplace.
65% of primary school children will end up working in jobs types we haven't even heard of yet.
As we embark on a new year and a new decade, we explore how technology has been the catalyst for a rapidly changing careers landscape. Year after year new advances in technology and business are completely revolutionising how and where we work.
In fact, over this ten year period, there are jobs out there that didn’t even exist a decade ago. The volume and flow of information, our growing screen dependency and a desire to do things in new ways has created a jobs market revolution.
In 2010, Uber and WhatsApp were in their infancy and Instagram and Snapchat were only ideas on paper. Ten years on, the world is a very different place, and so is the workplace. Indeed, this rate of change won’t slow down, one estimate suggests that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that aren’t even on our radar yet.
So, what’s new?
From developers to project managers and from miners to data scientists, there are an incredible range and diversity of jobs attached to the crypto currency business. In fact, crypto currency careers are becoming one of the most searched for technology jobs on the internet which is incredible considering they’ve only been in the public consciousness since 2010.
Believe it or not Uber has only been around since 2009. Originally founded in the USA, namely in Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, the taxi app company quickly spread to cities around the globe. Indeed, this writer was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) to find Uber in Gdansk, Poland on a recent trip.
However, Transport for London, have recently banned Uber from the London area, after the app failed several safety checks. London is one of Uber’s top 5 global markets meaning that in 2020 45,000 taxi drivers in the city will be seeking employment at one of Uber’s new rivals such as Lyft, Bolt or Kapten.
But technology as such a pace that, although driving for Uber has only been a job for the past few years, it may be soon phased out by driverless cars...
Automotive Engineer - driverless cars
While driverless cars may make the roles of taxi drivers and couriers obsolete, they are also beginning to create new opportunities as well.
However, driverless cars won’t be able to mend themselves, so engineers, mechanics and software developers who work on vehicles will be increasingly in demand in the not-too-distant future.
Big Data Analyst / Data Scientist
In 2012 the Harvard Business Review published an article entitled “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Jobs of the 21st Century”.
At that time the role was in extremely short supply. While the role of data scientist has been around for decades it has become increasingly in demand in recent years. With volumes of data growing at a rate of 40% per year, it’s no wonder that people who can analyse, process and make sense of this information are in high demand.
Genetic counsellors are a fairly new addition to the healthcare field. They examine an individual’s personal history to assess the potential for genetic disorders or birth defects in future children. They also assess the development of genetic diseases in adults. As healthcare becomes more preventative, it’s likely that this career will continue to develop over the next decade.
User Experience (UX) Designers
User experience design focuses on improving the usability and accessibility of websites and/or apps. This career has exploded in the last 10 years as companies face stiff competition for customers and search engines have altered their algorithms to rank sites based on how user friendly they are. Little things like how self-explanatory an app is can make a massive difference on its success rate. That’s where UX designers come in.
Influencers and, increasingly, social media in general have become like marmite, you either love them or you hate them. While they’re not a particularly a new phenomenon (celebrities have always endorsed brands), they are becoming increasingly popular in the social media age.
Today, famous influencers can earn hundreds of thousands of pounds for a single Instagram post. Condé Nast Italia even offers a degree in being a social media influencer.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming more and more popular with major companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook all planning to expand their drone teams in the next decade. As a result, drone operators are in high demand.
App designers and developers
The iPhone arrived in 2007 and the Android shortly after, and now nearly half the world’s adults have a smartphone. The iOS App store and Google Play have brought apps to the forefront of the digital economy.
App designers design the creative end of new apps. The developer works with the designer to produce the actual app that you use on your phone or tablet. App developers translate app design into code and give the user a phenomenal experience.
As a result, there is a booming market for app developers which doesn’t show any signs of slowing in the next decade. Ever wonder what app developers will do in ten years? So do we. Who knows...
Cloud computing specialist
A decade ago, if somebody said they worked in the cloud, you might have wondered what they were talking about. The term initially emerged from a 2006 conference where Eric Schmidt described Google’s approach to software as ‘cloud computing’.
Today, over half of the worlds businesses use it, and cloud management, engineering and strategising have become occupations.