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Brightest Jobs for the Future

Updated on January 2, 2017
WARNING! Robots are the norm. Humans are too unpredictable.
WARNING! Robots are the norm. Humans are too unpredictable. | Source

Microsoft Cofounder, Bill Gates, is pretty sombre about the future of employment prospects. In particular, for those jobs that can either be fulfilled by an automation method, or, whereby the need for putting in the hard work together with being a team player overrides the actual skillset.

The jobs listed below will disappear from the Australian job market by 2020. If you are a western English speaking democratic country such as America or the U.K., you too may have this same trend happening at the same rate. Is your job listed here?

Jobs On the Way Out

  • Telemarketer (99% certainty it will disappear)
  • Accountants and Auditors (94%)
  • Retail sale assistants (92%)
  • Technical Writers
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Word Processors
  • Machinists
  • Commercial Pilots
  • Economists
  • Health technologists
  • Actors
  • Firefighters
  • Editors
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Clergy
  • Athletic trainers
  • Dentists
  • Recreational therapists

Suzanne Lucas / Business Insider /

Future time and thinking
Future time and thinking | Source

For You Milennials and Us...

Those born between 1977-1997, can hope to have a job that lasts for approximately three years before it folds in. Therefore, this group, in particular, will experience 15-20 jobs during their life span. Which means life is going to be a never-ending source of financial chaos and disruption. Worries about paying their bills and finding a place to live, a huge pain. Forget about owning a home and having that security or nest egg to pass on. However, the upside to such continuous change and adaptation is that by moving horizontally, you can accidentally meet up with your dream work culture or your dream job. Money dreams may not be met but your values or ideals will be met and lived out.

To those of you with young children or young grandchildren, it may be time to start saving for their post-secondary education. In Canada, they have created the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CST) to support Canadian families to save for their post-secondary education. Looking at CST’s job findings for the future, alongside Business Insider Australia and Google’s top rated futurist Thomas Frey’s findings, below is a list of the brightest futuristic jobs to materialize from now until 2030. The list is not complete but hopefully inspiring enough to get you thinking if not motivated to see how you can capitalize on it for yourself and your loved ones.

Jobs of the Future

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Jobs up to 2020


These people will specialize in high risk business start ups


Javelin Strategies said that there are already 20% of all on line trades being performed with alternate currencies.


Their role is to create a feeling, a memory, of a place within an on-line community.


De duplication experts will be needed to reduce data centres of unnecessary stuff.


The evolvement of incentive based competition to solve the world’s largest challenges


Here the person is converting 3D Printers to work with cartridges containing food stocks


Both are information products. The competition is to convert present pieces of literature/books into Apps.


Wouldn’t it be great if we could experience everything first-hand? Unfortunately, that is not possible for most of us, therefore, we rely on one another to experience life and people through another’s viewpoint. Consequently, there will be a work role for someone to decipher and determine what the structure (for example) of one’s friendship circle should look like in order for the focus person to have the best experiences or information streamlined down, so that the focus person can make their life work efficiently or sufficiently.


Futurist Frey says, if you think you have lost most of your privacy already, the surface has only been scratched. Whether red-light cameras are net positive or net negative, overall there is the trend to micro monitor human actions. The line to what is private or transparent will be the work to be done here.


When we continually have to deal with the monotone voice of a machine, it has been realized there is a market for creating personality packages that can be downloaded. So, if there is some entertainer’s voice you enjoy-package that!

The Job For The Dismantlers

With creation of new jobs. So, must the old come away to make room for the new. Here, talented people will be needed to dismantle a system in the least disruptive and chaotic way. Such systems are: -

  • Hospital and Healthcare System
  • Prison System
  • Government Agency System
  • Income Tax System
  • Education System
  • University System

What Are You Going to Do Now?
What Are You Going to Do Now? | Source
Time and Our Memories
Time and Our Memories | Source

Jobs for 2030 and there Onwards


Surgeons who operate remotely with robotic tools


These are memory creators for the elderly/retired. Instead of living in a bland aged care facility, the elderly can stay home and have their room decorated in a favourite theme/decade or location, that has brought them immense happiness or comfort in the past.


A Re Wilder is someone who used to be a Farmer but now whose focus is on the undoing of the damage to the environment and countryside by vehicles, people, industry etc.…


This job is about being efficient by coming up with streamlining ideas. For example-this person may come up with the idea to reduce 20 administrative steps down into 10 steps.


The Garbage Designers find ways to turn the by-products of the production process into good quality materials to make alternate products.


Here the person will determine which Robot is best for one’s family’s lifestyle needs.


The Health Care System is going to be come large and complicated. The role of the Health Care Navigator is to destress the person’s encounter with the system as well as show one the quickest route to get their needs met.


This person can either be a country or urban dweller. They either have land that is occupied by solar grids where they sell the collected power to communities. Or, they design, build and maintain solar panels.


Wild fish populations are in decline from all the harvesting. The idea is to combine fish farming with gardening where plants grow over water to cover its surface, while the fish live below. It is a win-win situation because the plants return oxygen to the water, and the fish’s waste products, provide fertiliser for the plants.


Plant and tree alteration specialists who reorganize growth patterns. E.g.: making personalized fruits; grow-to-fit-wood


They undo the damage that the Tree Jackers have caused


The first wave of people to unlock the code for influencing gravity


Empty humans will be given. Each generic clone is given a personality (downloaded) and then it can be called human.


Entertainment allows us to create beautiful memories as keepsakes. Here, the memory augmentation therapist is maximizing the quality of one’s memories. Hence changing the person and creating a human to be the best possible version of itself.


No more nature. Humans to control nature and the weather.


The removal of bad or destructive memories

Solar Panel Farm
Solar Panel Farm | Source

Want To Become A Futurist?

Can you see yourself in one of these careers? Can you start working your way towards one of these working roles? Perhaps, you would prefer to be the thinker of these thoughts? That is, become a Futurist yourself? According to professional futurist Jack Uldrich, the best 5 books to read to start you on the path of becoming a futurist are: -

Superforcasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Phillip. E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

Here, the authors say that forecasting can be improved upon if you carry out these 9 steps.

1. Recognize what you don’t know

2. Stay curious and open to possibilities

3. Be critical with your ideas

4. Seek improving yourself

5. Become aware of evidence that can prove you to be incorrect

6. Write down all your forecasts so you have a record of them

7. Admit when you don’t now or when you are incorrect

8. Work alongside of other forecasters

9. Practice, practice making forecasts and hold yourself accountable for the result(s)

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

If we want to decode the future, we need to ask better questions

Non-Obvious: How to Think Differently, Curate Ideas and Predict the Future by Rohit Bhargara

This is essentially about effectively reporting trends

Zero to One: Notes on Start Up, or, How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

This book leads in with the question, what important truth do very few people agree with you upon?”. You need to get used to people getting upset with you and your comments if you want to think for yourself or think differently. The author says if you want to make planet Earth a better world to live in, then this book is made for you.

Exponential Organizations: Why New Organizations Are Ten Times Better, Faster and Cheaper Than Yours (and what to do about it) by Salim Ismail

With That Said

In my opinion, no one can really know about the future. The best we can do is approach the future with curiosity, imagination, investigate it, extrapolate it, and hope for the best.

I personally feel those of you that have had to struggle and even hustle in this lifetime are going to do far better in the future than your counterparts that have sailed through life. Either way both can start to prepare at least from a mindset perspective. More to you if you put it into everyday action. As one person, has said, the best part of the future is that it comes one day at a time.


…. the future depends on what you do today….

— Mahatma Gandhi

© 2017 Threekeys


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      Threekeys 16 months ago from Australia

      Yes its frightening for me. It seems what was once solid is turning into something liquid and too changeable ( flexible).

    • Natalie Frank profile image

      Natalie Frank 16 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Really interesting hub and a bit scary. Despite like a step towards a Matrix like world- changing themes of elderly individuals homes, specialists to create feelings and memories for us online, others to remove negative memories and still others to create memories. Plants and animals are altered per our desires and our weather is predetermined and controlled. Most important jobs are carried out by robots or through robotics and we won't even be able to rely on gravity anymore. Though I could really use a good simplicity speciality for my life! Keep up the good work.


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