AQUAPONIC FISH FARMER

With populations of wild fish dwindling, aquaponics--a combination of fish farming and gardening--are probably the best chance for a future where humans can still eat seafood, especially in remote locations.

GARBAGE DESIGNER

If the practice of upcycling, or turning waste into products, really takes off, then there could be a demand for garbage designers--people who come up with creative ways to turn manufacturing byproducts into new materials.

HEALTH CARE NAVIGATOR

Hired health care navigators whose job it is to help patients and their families navigate complex medical systems may become prevalent in the future.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH OFFICER

The future will be populated with drones, drones, and more drones. But who will watch over all the drones? Neighborhood watch officers will keep an eye on flocks of little drones that hover over the perimeter of various neighborhoods, looking for suspicious activity and potential fires.

NOSTALGIST

The nostalgist is like any other interior designer, except they focus on recreating a specific time and place.

REWILDER

In another era, this person might just be called a farmer. But the rewilder is more like a farmer with a post-apocalyptic twist: Once environmental damage has wreaked utter havoc on the land, people need to come in and fix the problem.

ROBOT COUNSELOR

When robots take all the jobs, someone still has to look over them. The robot counselor helps potential customers figure out which robot servant or caregiver is right for them.

SIMPLICITY EXPERT

We could all use simplicity experts in navigating an ever-more complicated world, but these hired guns will streamline business operations, cutting down on phone calls, unnecessary paperwork, and even wasted workdays.

SOLAR TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

If solar technology becomes more prevalent (and as solar panel costs drop, it probably will), we'll need experts to manage harvested power, design and maintain solar panels, and more.

TELE-SURGEON

Robotic surgery already exists, but CST imagines that people in the near future will make entire careers out of tele-surgery--operating on people remotely using robotic tools.

2014-06-02

10 Jobs That You Could Have In 2030

Your job seems normal now. In 15 years, when someone tells you they're a simplicity expert or a robot counselor, you won't blink an eye.

All of the predictions we've seen lately regarding the "jobs of the future" assume that we'll even have jobs once the robots take over. Eventually, we may not. But in the medium-term future, there will still be jobs for the taking (including jobs overseeing robots).

The Canadian Scholarship Trust teamed up with futurists to imagine a job fair in 2030, with predictions based on the environmental, social, technological, and social trends happening now. Here are some of the jobs they came up with.

Aquaponic Fish Farmer

With populations of wild fish dwindling, aquaponics—a combination of fish farming and gardening—is probably the best chance for a future where humans can still eat seafood, especially in remote locations.

Garbage Designer

If the practice of upcycling, or turning waste into products (turning a toothbrush into a bracelet, for example), really takes off, then there could be a demand for garbage designers—people who come up with creative ways to turn manufacturing byproducts into new materials. They could also be responsible for ensuring that new products leave behind as little waste as possible at their end of life.

Health Care Navigator

As CST imagines it, hired health care navigators responsible for helping patients and their families navigate complex medical systems may become prevalent in the future. These navigators could be former nurses—or maybe just trained as navigators from the start. This job is reminiscent of one that already exists: the patient advocate.

Neighborhood Watch Officer

The future will be populated with drones, drones, and more drones. But who will watch over all the drones? Neighborhood watch officers will keep an eye on flocks of little drones that hover over the perimeter of various neighborhoods, looking for suspicious activity and potential fires. CST speculates that criminals will also have drones, making the situation ripe for some serious drone conflict.

Nostalgist

The nostalgist is like any other interior designer, except they focus on recreating a specific time and place. In CST's vision of future retirement homes, wealthy residents will have the option of living in spaces that are inspired by their favorite decade (1970s living room, 1980s dorm room, etc.)

Rewilder

In another era, this person might just be called a farmer. But the rewilder is like a farmer with a post-apocalyptic twist: Once environmental damage has wreaked utter havoc on the land, people will have to come in and remediate. The rewilder does everything from ripping out roads and replacing them with forests to re-introducing native plant species.

Robot Counselor

When robots take all the jobs, someone still has to look over them. The robot counselor helps potential customers figure out which robot servant or caregiver is right for them. And if the newly purchased robot isn't "fitting in" or is causing conflict, the robot counselor can help (this is starting to sound eerily similar to an Outer Limits episode).

Simplicity Expert

We could all use simplicity experts in navigating an ever-more complicated world, but in CST's vision of the future, these hired guns will streamline business operations, cutting down on phone calls, unnecessary paperwork, and even wasted workdays.

Solar Technology Specialist

If solar technology becomes more prevalent (and as solar panel costs drop, it probably will), we'll need experts to manage harvested power, design and maintain solar panels, and more.

Tele-surgeon

Robotic surgery already exists, but CST imagines that people in the near future will make entire careers out of tele-surgery—operating on people remotely using robotic tools.

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  • Jennifer Hulford

    The more important solar worker will be the one who manages the waste of solar panels. When they are done producing power inefficiently, they become hazardous waste . The toxic elements that make up the panels will need to be remediated.

    Unfortunately, the process to remove and recycle the rare and toxic elements from the panels will also be an environmentally intensive and toxic process itself but it's better than millions and millions of tons of dead solar panels left for your kids and grand kids to clean up. But as we will explain to our kids and grand kids before we die, humans in the early 21st century were big on flash and hype and small on research and consequences even when they thought they were being "green." Sorry, kids.

  • Because obviously the energy sources we are using right now are only the MAJOR part of the problem. It is refreshing to see people so concerned about cradle to cradle designing. I would love to see some of your citations backing up the assertion that concerns around managing post consumer waste of cleaner energy production is a valid reason to eliminate research and development of new technology, better processes and improved systems. Just because we haven't been up to a challenge like that in this country for a very long time doesn't mean the status quo isn't on it's last legs.

  • Kevin Armstrong

    Glad that you have pointed out the truth.

    The remnants of Wind Farms and reforestation of the massive areas needed to implement them will also fall on the heads of our grandchildren.

  • All the deforestation to make room for WIND FARMS??? Are you nuts? There is this whole part of the middle of the country...it is called PRAIRIE. There aren't too many trees there to begin with. That's where you find the wind farms. I hope you were being ironic.

  • The CST article listed the job of Rewilder. I think what's missing is the job of Protector of the Land. A pretentious title, yes, but an important job. When the Rewilder reclaims land, some portion of it needs to be protected. Otherwise, we will all end up living in tiny housing units stacked up on top of each other, with no green space around.