If you were training to be a farrier – a person who shoes horses – when Ford Motor company introduced its first motorized car, you didn’t have much vision about what was to come. The demand for farriers significantly diminished, replaced by automation. So have the jobs for service station attendants — another job of the past — and the demand for bank tellers is another job hit hard by automation.

Because of automation, most “routine” jobs—based on a relatively narrow set of repeated tasks — will soon be opportunities of the past. Between automation and advancements in technology, futurist predict, that by 2030 over 2 billion jobs will disappear.

Will we run out of work for the world? Of course not. There will still be jobs for the human race, but having paid jobs to coincide with the work that needs to be done, and developing the skills necessary for future work is another matter. Every new technology also requires new skill sets for those working in those environments.

We ran across a list of more than 150 jobs for the future. While we don’t have room for all of them here, we’ll point out a few areas where young people should be looking and training for the future. You can bet more technological changes are just ahead of us and the bright among us are either helping to design these technologies or preparing to help the world transition into them. 

Personal Rapid Transit Systems 

Personal rapid transit systems attempt to eliminate the waste of mass transportation systems by moving small groups nonstop in automated vehicles on fixed tracks. Passengers can ideally board a pod and with a sufficiently extensive network of tracks take relatively direct routes to their destination without stops.

PRTs have the potential to become the largest infrastructure project the earth has ever seen.

PRT Architects

PRT construction workers

Circulations engineers

Traffic flow analyzers

Command center operators.

Atmospheric Water Harvesters

One of today’s most significant breakthroughs is happening in the area of atmospheric water harvesters, being developed by a new breed of water innovators intent on solving a potential world water shortage. 

Related jobs could include:

Site Collection Lease Managers

System Architects

Water Supply Transitionists

Purification Monitors

The Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is creating some amazing business models around the use of “other people’s stuff.” Think AirBnB

Sharability Auditors, People who analyze homes and businesses for sharable assets.

Corporate Sharing Managers

Opportunity Spotters

Commercial Drone Industry

The U.S. Congress has mandated the FAA develop a plan to incorporate drones into national airspace by Sept. 30, 2015. Many in this new industry are chomping at the bit to get started.

Drone Classification Gurus – Different laws will apply to different classifications of drone vehicles.

Drone Standards Specialists

Drone Docking Designers and Engineers

Operator Certification Specialists

Environmental Minimizers – Sound diminution engineers, visual aesthetic reductionists, etc.

Drone Traffic Optimizers,

Automation Engineers

As an industry making inroads in thousands of different businesses simultaneously, former Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson is famously quoted as saying, “3D printing will be bigger than the Internet.”

A sub-category — 3D printed housing.

Automation Auditors – Assessing what parts, processes, and systems can be automated.

Material Experts

3Dimensionalists – Those with an innate ability to think three dimensionally.

3D Printer “Ink” Developers

3D Printed Clothing Fashion Designers, Material Specialists, and Stylists

Maintenance Guys

Internet of Things

Seventy-five billion is the number of devices that Morgan Stanley has calculated will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. That’s 9.4 devices for every one of the 8 billion people that will be on earth in only seven years.

Ownership Network Setup Specialists – Everything people own over a certain value can be tagged, tracked, and monitored.

Augmented Reality Architects – Much like the paint we put on houses and the flavorings we add to food, the future will seem boring if our reality hasn’t been augmented in some way.

Big Data

Social media, blogs, web browsing, and company’s security systems are all generating enormous quantities of data, and it all needs to be stored, managed, analyzed, and protected.

Waste Data Managers

Computer Personality Designers – Being able to download specific “personality packages” will add an entirely new level of engagement for basement-dwellers everywhere.

Data Hostage Specialists – Holding data hostage is a less-risky crime that can be done remotely, but has the potential for far greater rewards.

The Bank of the Future

If you read our last week’s cover article on “The War on Money” you’ll understand the where the world is headed with plastic cards and the growing world of crypto currencies.

Crypto Currency Bankers, Regulators, and Lawyers

Theft Recovery Specialists

Standards Developers

Currency Strategists

Micro Grid Conversion

Over the coming years, the national electric grid will be broken into a series of micro grids.

Micro Grid Strategists

Mass Energy Storage Developers – We are still terrible at storing energy from one day to the next. Once mass energy storage systems are developed, micro grids become infinitely more viable.

System Transitionists

Drivers need not apply!

Driverless technology will initially require a driver, but it will quickly creep into everyday use much as airbags did. First as an expensive option for luxury cars, but eventually it will become a safety feature stipulated by the government.

Delivery Dispatchers

Traffic Monitoring System Planners, Designers, and Operators

Automated Traffic Architects and Engineers

Driverless Operating System Engineers

DNA Scientists–Future Agriculture

When people think of farming, they typically conjure up images of a tractor cresting a hill billowing large plumes of exhaust into the air. This image may become a distant memory. Plant-Jackers and Tree-Jackers – Plant and tree alteration specialists, who manipulate growth patterns, create grow-to-fit wood products, color-changing leaves, personalized fruit, etc.

Bio-Meat Factory Engineers

Urban Agriculturalists – Why ship food all the way around the world when it can be grown next door.

Bio-Hacking Inspectors and Security

Extreme Innovation

Outside of the multiple categories listed above are a number of unusual jobs, many still decades away. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.

Robotic Earthworm Drivers – In the future, robotic earthworms will be used to silently mine the landfills and replace whatever is extracted with high-grade soil.

Avatar Designers – Next generation avatars will become indistinguishable from humans on a two-dimensional screen. However, avatars will only live in the computer world for a short time longer. It is only a matter of time before they emerge from the computer and appear as visual beings, walking around among us.

Gravity Pullers – The first wave of people to unlock the code for influencing gravity.

Clone Ranchers – Raising “blank” humans will be similar in many respects to cattle ranching. But once a clone is selected, and the personality download is complete, the former clone will instantly be elevated to “human status.”

Body Part & Limb Makers – The Organ Agents listed above will quickly find themselves in a different line of work as soon as we figure out how to efficiently grow and mass produce our own organs from scratch.

Global System Architects – Our systems are transitioning from national systems into global systems. Architects of these new global systems will play a crucial role in future global politics.

Space-Based Power System Designers – At some point, the burning of earth’s natural resources for power will become a thing of the past. Space-based systems will capture and transmit power far more efficiently than anything currently in existence.

Nano-Weapons Specialists – Many of the weapons of the future will be too small to be seen by the human eye.

“Heavy Air” Engineers – Compressed air is useful in a wide variety of ways. Once we figure out how to compress streams of air as they pass through our existing atmosphere, it will create untold opportunity for non-surface based housing and transportation systems, weather control, and other kinds of experimentation.

Geoengineers – Weather Control Specialists – We are moving past the age of meteorology and climatology to one where the true power-brokers will wield the forces of nature.

Final Thoughts

The list above is just scratching the surface. But here’s our advise, if you want to know what’s coming in the way of jobs, keep an eye on future trends.

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