What a difference a decade makes: 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on




  • 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?


  1. Crypto currency

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.

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  1. Uber Driver

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...


  1. 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.

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  1. 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.

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  1. Genetic Counsellors

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.


  1. 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.

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  1. Influencers

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.


  1. Drone Operator

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.


  1. 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...


  1. 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.


With technology moving at such a rapid pace, a job today may no longer be a job tomorrow, so it's important to keep up to date with the latest developments in order to find new opportunities.

Ready to start that search? Then click here to find your next role with Morson today.

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Senior Solution Manager - Wireless products

Morson International is working with one of the largest ICT solution providers in the world. We are looking for a Senior Solution Manager to join my client at their Paris office, where under the responsibility of the current Product Line Director, they will be responsible for presales support in France and / or Abroad of our clients Wireless portfolio ResponsibilitiesPresales support including quote, network design, proposal, testing.Find, identify, develop and close business opportunities with operators.Collect and analyze marketing information. Enhance customer relations.Manage and coordinate activities between our client and the operators they work with.Promote the full range of our clients solutions to defined customers.Establish product presentations.Identify the needs of key customers and coordinate with product teams and engineering to ensure that these needs are implemented in products.Develop partnership projects with operators and their partners, help define new business models and product support features.Identify, quantify and recommend an action plan for new business opportunities, in line with the overall strategy of the company.QualificationsMinimum Master Degree in Engineering or Business.Minimum 5 years of experience in Telecoms.Technical capabilities, business and negotiating skills.Ability to understand customer needs to target the desired solution.Respect and appreciation of customer requirements.Detailed knowledge of business models and market strategies management services.Good knowledge of telco products & solutions.Excellent ability to collaborate with a variety of people (product management, engineering, marketing).Very good relationship building skills.Ability to interface with the customer and work in a multicultural environment.Bilingual, English and French

Systems Engineer - Maritime and Defence

Role: Systems Engineer - Maritime and Defence Location: Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset Salary: Competitive Start: ASAP ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK develop, supply and support cutting-edge maritime technology for customers worldwide. Based in Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset, they work closely with the UK Royal Navy and global customers to create products which protect lives at sea.Due to continued success, they are currently looking to recruit a Systems Engineer Candidates should have good electrical / electronic design experience, a good understanding of design assurance, as well as knowledge of appropriate drawing and defence standards. Knowledge of EPLAN would also be advantageous Key Accountabilities Responsible for delivering key system engineering processes across the product lifecycle.Working closely with the project teams including the System Design Authority, Engineering Manager and Team Engineers.Use expertise and knowledge to make a strong contribution to bids and projects. Key Knowledge, Skills and Personal Qualities Good sound knowledge and understanding of systems engineering principles and their application to multi-disciplinary (mechanical, electrical, electronic and software design principles) engineering projects.Sound understanding of requirements management and decomposition.Familiarity with Defence Standards (particularly DEF-STAN and MIL-STD).Ability to solve complex problems and to critically review results and methods to ensure qualityAbility to expand knowledge into new domain areas, and work across domains and see the bigger picture.Strong communication skills, including delivery of presentations.Good written skills particularly technical report writing, ability to communicate with expert and non-expert stakeholders.Educated to degree or equivalent level in an engineering, or related discipline.Knowledge and experience of INCOSE Systems Engineering practice and principles.Preferably have an understanding of military systems, in particular maritime systems. Alternatively, we will consider other highly regulated industries including aerospace, nuclear, or rail.Ideally (but not essential) experienced in one or more of the following domain areas: Maritime Combat Systems, integration of equipment and software; Unmanned Systems; Combat Management Systems; Acoustics / Sonar Processing.Experience in preparation of documentation for bids.Primary software/system skills: IBM DOORS requirements management (9.x / NG); UML / SysML.Desirable software/system skills: Enterprise Architect (EA); IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM); IBM Rational Publishing Engine (RPE). For the right candidate, our client can offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, combined with the opportunity to work for a highly respected, innovative, expanding company at the forefront of their industry offering excellent prospects for future career and salary development and advancement. MORSON INTERNATIONAL, part of the Morson Group, are the leading TECHNICAL & ENGINEERING RECRUITMENT COMPANY in the UK specialising in Technical Support to the following industries: Defence, Nuclear, Power Generation, Aerospace, Rail, Marine, Petrochemical & Construction

Software Quality Assurance Engineer

Our client seek a Software Quality Assurance Engineer for a 6 month contract in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.This role reports via the local Head of Equipment Quality for all quality matters. In this way the Quality Assurance requirements of all Equipment programmes are coordinated and directed and remain independent and have unimpeded access to top management. The successful candidate shall be able to work autonomously within the project team but where necessary has the right to refer any matter to the Head of Equipments Quality for resolution.TYPICAL TASKS AT SQE LEVEL INCLUDE:Definition of the quality objectives and the Project Software Quality Assurance Baseline, producing the applicable Software Quality Assurance Plan, Project Standards and Quality Operational Procedures.Supporting the Software Delivery Manager in the definition and the implementation of the overall software project processes, in the definition of the development logic and in the choice of methods and tools to be used.Assessment of the Software Processes and the quality of the various items of the Software Product through quality inspections, reviews, audits, collection and analysis of metrics.Support and possibly chair reviews (e.g. PDR, CDR, TRR, TRB, DRB).QA Approval of all documentation.Assessment and reporting on the quality of the Software Product and Processes, in periodic reports and in the specific reports allocated to the Reviews.Management of the interface with the internal and/or external customer on Software Quality matters in agreement with the Software Delivery Manager.The SQE is a key factor in process improvement by suggesting improvement actions and participating in their implementation within the project.KEY SKILLS/PROVEN ABILITYEssential A background in Software Product Assurance or directly comparable proven ability within the Space, Aerospace or high tech sectorsKnowledge/experience of high quality /complex manufacturing - in a high scrutiny environmentExperience of Software quality requirement implementation and adherenceExperience of complex assemblies, Software and Hardware interaction, low volume processes Desirable ECSS qualification Q70/08/28/38An understanding of FPGA and ASIC space applications and quality requirements ADDITIONAL:IR35: This role has been deemed Inside IR35Working Pattern: Monday to Friday days - plus occasional ad hoc shiftsTravel: Occasional travel to other UK and overseas sites

Principal Engineer - Human Factors (POOLING)

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