Jobs of the Future are the Jobs of Today

Greg Burlet from Frettable is a musician and app developer

It’s indisputable that advancements in the tech and innovation sector will have a game-changing impact on the job market. Not only will they create new jobs, but they will create jobs that are unimaginable to us right now. Even today, the tech industry is in high demand for positions that didn’t even exist in the job market 10 years ago. To put this into perspective, here’s a list of jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago.

1. App Developer: Before Steve Jobs’ revolutionary introduction of the iPhone and the App Store, mobile apps were a very limited industry. Early renditions of apps included a smart calculator and the addicting game Snake which we’re all familiar with. However, the launch of the iPhone App Store pushed us into a world where apps are ubiquitous in every industry. From games, utility tools, banking, or sleep-tracking, there is an app for everything. The magic behind these nifty pieces of software is created by App Developers.

2. Big Data Analyst/Scientist: With the development of social media and the internet, we now live in a hyper-connected world of big-data where there is a copious amount of data available, just waiting to be mined for information. This data can be utilized for numerous applications such as location tracking, precision medication, fraud detection and handling, marketing, and entertainment. [1] While the term data-science has been around for a while, the job as we know it today didn’t exist until the late 2000s.

3.Social Media Influencer: Getting paid to be a globe-trot and share your experiences would have seemed outrageous a decade ago. Today, with the pervasive presence of social media, influencers are now able to capitalize on interesting content to make money. If your content is relevant and offers a unique perspective, you can get paid to travel the world.

4. Uber Driver: Uber is a storybook example of how a tech startup can use innovation to solve a problem and transform an entire industry. Before its launch in 2009, our only options were taxis and public transit. However, Uber single-handedly changed the game of transportation, not only creating many jobs but also increasing the standard of transportation.

5. Digital Marketing Specialist: The marketing industry is one that has seen dramatic transformation due to the tech revolution. The combination of the internet, social media, and big-data has pushed marketers into a golden age where the opportunities are endless. When Facebook launched in 2004, it was a channel for poke wars and moody status updates. Today, it is a powerful tool for every business. Today’s digital ecosystem allows marketers to develop online marketing strategies that effectively reach their target markets using innovative and effective channels.

6. User Experience Designer: Gone are days when having a website was enough. In today’s digitally competitive age, a rise in the demand for UX/UI designers has blossomed. We don’t just need our sites and apps to work, but we need them to look good and be easy to use. When the internet first became a thing, UX/UI Designers would have seemed like a pointless addition. Today, they are indispensable.

7. Drone Pilot: Following the 2016 FAA ruling allowing drones to enter the commercial world, these handy devices have become a huge part of numerous industries.[4] From agriculture, media, entertainment, to delivery, drones have solved problems that we didn’t know existed. In their early years, drones were misunderstood as simply toys, but today a drone operator is providing a highly sought-after skill valued in many industries.

8. Cloud Architect: In the pre-2000 era, the only meaning a cloud had was in reference to the fluffy white things in the sky, Today, the cloud platform is an IT model that is highly sought after by almost every business. The masterminds that oversee a company’s cloud computing strategies are the cloud architects.

9. Podcast Producer: Although the concept of audio programming hosted over the internet was originally developed in the late ’90s, the advancement in internet and the creation of devices such the iPod brought podcasting into the mainstream stage in 2004. Today, podcasting is a multi-million-dollar industry with programming that covers infinite types of content such as news, entertainment, and talk shows.[6]

10. Machine-Learning Engineer: With rapid advancements in the field of AI, the need for machine-learning engineers has increased, and will keep on increasing as automation becomes a pervasive part of our world. Soon, there will be a need for machine-learning engineers in every industry, making it one of the most coveted jobs.

As you can see, there has been a giant leap in technology and innovation in the last decade, leading to a drastically revolutionized workforce. With the exponential growth of technological growth, we can be certain that the job market will be further evolving, and it will do so even faster. So keep your finger on the pulse of the industry to see where it’s headed as if the last decade is any example, you can be certain that tech is a sector with many opportunities and exciting jobs with competitive compensation.

[1] https://www.newgenapps.com/blog/5-practical-uses-of-big-data
[2] https://swirled.com/coolest-jobs-in-2018/
[3] https://www.glassdoor.ca/Salaries/uber-driver-salary-SRCH_KO0,11.htm?countryRedirect=true
[4] https://www.marketwatch.com/story/faa-eases-restrictions-on-commercial-drone-use-with-long-awaited-part-107-ruling-2016-06-21
[5] https://www.glassdoor.ca/Salaries/cloud-architect-salary-SRCH_KO0,15.htm?countryRedirect=true
[6] https://www.adweek.com/digital/podcast-revenue-will-jump-85-this-year-to-hit-220-million/
[7] https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/i-want-to-be-a-machine-learning-engineer-what-will-my-salary-be/article37369628/