Robots are coming for our jobs. We’ve heard it before, and to a varying degree, it’s true. Business consultant group Cognizant predicts in its book “What to do when machines do everything” that over the next 10 to 15 years, 12% of jobs in the U.S. will be replaced by automation.
However, all is not lost, the group also predicts that there will 21 million new jobs created as a direct result of new technologies. To head off some of the fear and help prepare for the future, the organization came up with 21 jobs they think will materialize over the coming years.
“We wanted to try to raise the flag, there is something big and profound going on,” said Ben Pring, vice-president and director of Cognizant’s Center for Future of Work. “If you are paying attention, there’s enough time to deal with this now,” he added.
Written as hypothetical job descriptions from human resources departments of the future, some of the gigs in the report require a lot of imagination, but others only require a small jump from our current reality.
Check out the job listings of the future and get a head start picking your post-robot career:
These data professionals will analyze data from IoT devices, mesh, neural capabilities etc., to provide business and organization with data-based insights. This profession is not hard to imagine. Companies already spend time and money sleuthing through people’s data in order to sell them products. The data detectives of the future will go one step farther, sorting through data from someone’s Amazon Alexa or Nest device in order to “better” serve them.
This job is for a future when, thanks to biotechnology, people are living longer than ever and there is a larger population of senior citizens than ever before. And all of these elderly people are going to need someone to talk to. This job would be exactly what it sounds like; walking with elderly people in need of companionship and listening to them talk about their grandkids, the good ol’ days, etc.
Cyber City Analyst
To maintain cyber cities, data needs to efficiently “flow”around cities. In the cities of the future, data collected from millions of sensors keeps services like power and waste collection thrumming along. The city also collects bio data, citizen data and asset data. If a sensor on the city’s biotracking beehives breaks, the city analyst needs to be there to fix it.