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Ask any young high-school or college graduate and they will tell you that the hardest decisions for them were the education choices they had to make. While older generations might sigh and say that it had been the same for every generation before them and that it is no different; the fact is that the world is changing every single day due to technological advances, and predicting the jobs of the future is becoming harder and harder. So what can they study and prepare for, if they don’t know what tomorrow will bring? Well, the best we can do is speculate, but here is the prognosis for what the most wanted jobs of the future will be:
There is technology in everything, no matter where we turn to. From our phones to our cars, even our beds are becoming programmed and more convenient – and it is only the beginning. But these things don’t happen by themselves and there is a legion of people behind every new breakthrough. All that being said, it’s no wonder at all that jobs of the future will include computer engineers, software developers, programmers, information system managers and computer science experts in all fields – from medicine to construction. Just ten years ago, nobody could have predicted this, but today it is a guarantee that technology is only going to go forward faster and faster.
Along with technological breakthroughs, medicine has been able to advance as well, discovering new therapies for old diseases. These revelations are monumental, and there need to be more and more people to carry out the further work. A lot of young people are often put off by the number of years they have to spend specializing and learning about different fields of medicine, but doctors, nurses, physical therapists and surgeons will be needed always and forever. We are making the quality of life so much better, and people are living longer and healthier than ever, but there is no miracle cure and every person needs a different approach, which is why people need to be there to comfort and heal the sick and nurse them back to health.
Working with our planet
It is no news that our planet isn’t nearly in as good shape as it used to be. And while it is true that this is mostly our fault, we are taking many steps towards fixing this. Along with that, there have been industries that have been thriving. From organic farming to different ecological movements, people are learning how to use renewable resources to power our planet and we need more people to advance the field. Experts in new technologies of agriculture, solar power, eco groundwater engineering, environmentalists and natural scientists will all have to work together to bring our planet to a point where it is safe and welcoming for all the years to come.
Not exactly a job on its own, freelancing will, according to all of the experts, be the job of the future. People have realized that there is a great advantage to hiring someone just for the job that they are the best at, and hire a different person for the next job that suits a different expert. Freelancing is beneficial both for the employer (since they don’t have the obligation to keep someone full time, making it a much smarter financial investment) and the freelancer, because they can only stick to doing what they love and do best, without taking up all the different roles they might have to fill if they were on a full-time position. But individual freelancers is not where it ends. A profession called triber will emerge: people who track down good freelancers and put them together in a team for a one-time project. Freelancers are most commonly working alone, so it will take a lot of social skills to get a group of them working coherently on a project.
But all of this does not mean that there won’t be jobs in other industries too, because no matter how well a machine can do a job, the handwork of a human can never be replaced. Experts in all fields will still be needed, the ones listed are simply the ones we will be needing the most. Finally, we are all creatures who appreciate art so artists, writers, musicians and dancers will have a special place that cannot be lost.