One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of payroll services in the next decade or two will be integrating all the new jobs being created. It’s estimated by the World Economic Forum that around seven billion jobs will have been lost to automation by 2020. ‘Mindless’ administrative and office jobs will take the brunt of the blow, just as manufacturing and manual jobs have before them. However, around two million jobs will also be created. The jobs of the future will be an interesting mix. Some will be created directly by new technologies and the need to maintain and program them. Others will arise in uniquely human areas where machines do not yet dare to tread.
Monetising Excess Capacity
As technology whizzes ahead leading to great productivity many companies, especially in industries like manufacturing and mining, will end up with a lot of idle assets. It’s likely that jobs will arise for savvy logistics specialists who can monetise idle assets, by renting out space or machinery that a company owns but no longer uses. An excess capacity broker’s role would involve analysing an organisation’s assets, identifying those that could be monetised, then finding other companies or individuals willing to pay to lease them.
Executive Director of Drones
Drones are currently associated mostly with controversial military operations, high-tech peeping toms, and rich kids who weren’t satisfied with a remote controlled car. But that is all going to change in a decade or two. Drones are set to become ubiquitous and be put to use in a wide range of businesses. Honestly, the idea of drones that can deliver robot-cooked pizza 24 hours a day seems like true progress for society. Companies will need teams of drone experts to create, enforce, and update standards for acquiring and maintaining an organization’s fleet of drones.
As first-world populations’ age and the value of holistic, preventative medicine is more widely recognised, auxiliary medical roles are gaining greater importance. There’s a lot of room for helpers, advocates and mentors in health care. It is very likely that dedicated medical mentors will become a reality in the near future. This job will involve checking in after appointments to ensure patients follow-through on recommendations from doctors about exercise, nutrition, or medications, and help people navigate barriers that may be keeping them from achieving health goals.
Fifth Element Traffic Conductor
It won’t be long before self-driving cars, drones, and actual Back to the Future-style hover boards (we sincerely hope) are an everyday reality in our cities. All these new forms of transportation will require a job called ‘traffic conductors from the Fifth Element’ or, more sensibly, ‘autonomous transportation specialists’. This job will involve guiding the integration of new, often autonomous, vehicles into current traffic and transport systems and monitoring the results.
Enabling the Cyborg Revolution
Human-technology integration specialists will offer a personalised service that helps people learn how to leverage and use the vast array of new technologies to improve the quality of their lives. This is a great job for IT specialists who are bored with upgrading hard drives and want to upgrade humans. This role may well take a holistic approach that examines all the different work and consumer technologies a person uses and streamline devices, implants and platforms to get the most out of them. This job could easily work in everyday life as well as in the office, making sure your workforce is sufficiently and efficiently integrated with the latest tech.
Death therapists will likely be in high demand as the 21st century continues along it’s merry way - with baby boomers approaching the end of their lives in the next 10 to 20 years, and millennials hot on their heels. There will soon be more people than ever before in history facing death and being terrified and confused about the whole process. Death therapists will use a combination of traditional therapeutic techniques, cutting edge insights from neuroscience, and a range of chemical aids to help people approach death more peacefully.
End-of-life coaches may also become popular as people focus less on adding days to their life and more on adding life to their final days. An end-of-life coach can help individuals and families make better decisions on how to spend the last weeks and months of life. They will help people explore their personal values and medical options so they can create the kind of life they want once there’s not a lot of it left.
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