The Jobs of the Future
As advancements in technology continually progress at an exponential rate, it is only a matter of time until most of the labor-intensive and transactional jobs today will be replaced by next-generation computers and robots.
While high-utilization of next-level technologies such Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality in the small and medium sized business landscape is yet to happen, more and more industries are taking the big leap forward into technology, consistently trying out new tools and machines to achieve greater productivity and efficiency.
However, it doesn’t mean that there will be no jobs left for humans in the next 20 or 30 years. In fact, many experts have already predicted the ‘jobs of the future’ – or the professions that will drive the information technology-driven society of the next century.
If you’re planning to change career or have a glimpse of what the future workforce would look like, then read on as we unveil the top future jobs that could emerge soon.
1. VR Developer
From Oculus Rift to Google Cardboard, several tech giants have made significant progress in Virtual Reality (VR). As the technology becomes more widespread and viable for consumers, the demand for VR developers will also increase exponentially in the next few years.
The demand will not only be coming from gaming firms, but also from other industries such as hotel and tourism, entertainment, retail, news agencies, and healthcare.
The median salary for a VR developer is $56,000.
2. 3D Printing Experts
3D printing technology allows companies to accelerate product development, offer customised and limited product series, and increase their production flexibility. That’s why 3D printing has become one of the most sought-after skills in the field of manufacturing and engineering these days.
In fact, research from Sculpteo indicates that 44% of the 3D printing power users and 32% of regular 3D printing users are hiring in 2016 – a trend which is predicted to increase in the years to come.
The skills required for this job is generally covered by college degrees such as engineering – both industrial and mechanical. However, it is said that software developers are the best fit for this job. This position is also open for marketing managers, where their product, sales, and marketing expertise can be used to create prototype products.
The salary range for this profession is yet to be determined, but as a reference, a Manufacturing Engineer earns a median salary of $64,00 per year.
3. Blockchain Engineer
The Blockchain is the underlying technology for Bitcoin, which has been dubbed as the “currency of the future.” That said, Blockchain engineers are tasked to create blockchain systems for financial institutions so that they can seamlessly adapt to the changing capital markets.
To be a Blockchain engineer, one must fully understand how Bitcoin works as well as other cryptocurrencies, and have extensive knowledge of P2P networking and various distributed consensus methodologies (mining, PoS), experience in building applications using Python, C++, C#, and other programming languages. In addition to a general intere4st in the cryptocurrency market.
The base salary of a Blockchain principal engineer can range from $140,214-$150,529.
4. IoT Architect
According to Gartner, An Internet of Things (IoT) architect is an “IT leadership position that is responsible for the vision, strategy, architecture and shepherding of IoT solutions from inception to deployment.”
In its most basic sense, these professionals are tasked to build end-to-end IoT solutions that solve business problems, such as creating software that will collect and analyze real-time sensor data from various technology being used in production, then evoke an application which can further improve the technology being employed by the business.
Technical expertise in embedded systems, network topologies, transport protocols, cloud computing, stream processing, data management, analytics, security, identity management and app dev are required for this job.
Whoever lands this kind of role will be well paid, with Gartner suggesting salaries in the range of $160,000 a year.
5. Data Scientist
The hype surrounding data scientist is huge but well-reasonable. To be a data scientist, one must possess a variety of specialized skills and knowledge, such as proficiency in different analytical tools, Ph.D. in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science, and expertise in Python Coding, Hadoop Platform, SQL Database/Coding, and Unstructured data.
According to Internet of Things Institute, the salary of a data scientist can range from $116,000 – $163,500.
6. Nanomedicine Experts
The field of healthcare and nanotechnology are coming into unison as Nanorobots take the spotlight in the field of medicine. In 2012, researchers at Harvard University developed what they called “DNA Origami,” which is a barrel-shaped nanorobot that could destroy cancer cells.
This groundbreaking study opened up a lot more possibilities of nanotechnology in medicine. According to StudyLink, those who want to be in this field must have a holistic understanding on various subjects, including but not limited to medicine, physics, materials science and biochemistry.
The average salary for a Nanotechnology Engineer is $95,000 per year.