The global job market has been undergoing incredible changes for years. There is a shift in job seekers' preferences and employer needs, and the viability of multiple career types has improved due to these changes, enabling job seekers to consider new opportunities in the upcoming years.
Thanks to the ever-growing influence of modern technology such as AI, the Internet of Things, and blockchain, many industries are bracing for a flood of new, never-before-seen jobs. It is anticipated that 85% of the jobs new graduates will have in 2030 are yet to be invented.
With evolving technology, the required skill sets and work requirements are constantly changing. These emerging new jobs will become the cornerstone of the future. Here are 10 jobs that are likely to become more significant in the near future.
1. Chief Automation Officer (CAO)
A salesforce survey states that 9 out of 10 employees who used automation-based tools reported an improvement in their work-life balance. AI tools relieve workers from performing repetitive and mundane tasks ranging from bill processing to mail sorting, which are already inconsequential to most businesses.
Automating processes makes business processes more streamlined — with the critical caveat that they are used wisely. This makes the role of the chief automation officer (CAO) a significant investment in a company's digital transformation. Not only is the role of the CAO rapidly evolving, but it is also growing in importance due to the positive impact of automation on businesses across industries.
2. Gamification Marketing Specialist
According to a study by the Aberdeen Group, companies that implemented gamification strategies saw a 12% increase in engagement and a 20% increase in sales.
Gamification marketing specialists use game design elements and game mechanics in non-game contexts to drive engagement and participation. A few already prevalent gamification techniques include gamifying the way loyalty points are stacked, leaderboards, virtual currency, etc. This helps increase brand awareness and loyalty, customer engagement and purchase intent.
Gallup recently reported that engaged customers contribute “an average 23% premium in terms of share of wallet, profitability, revenue, and relationship growth compared with the average customer”. Professionals who can develop and deliver this will be in high demand, with companies increasingly using gamification to meet business objectives.
The Internet has changed consumer purchasing habits over the last decades, but it will have to work harder to retain future generations of customers. The Gamification Marketing Specialist will assist in retaining the attention of online buyers by making their experiences more playful and exciting.
3. Metaverse Research Scientist
AR and VR research scientists are already in high demand. However, as the Metaverse becomes more widely accepted, the role of Metaverse research scientists will become prominent.
The job will entail more than just creating a few basic digital models of the real world into which corporations can bring customers and partners. Metaverse research scientists will be in charge of creating something that makes the entire world visible and actionable digitally. This architecture will serve as the foundation for all other use cases, such as games, advertisements, quality control in factories, connected health, and so on.
4. Metaverse Storyteller
As gamification and “experience economy” gain traction, there will be a demand for an extended reality experience with compelling storylines. This is where the Metaverse storyteller enters the picture.
This job role will be in charge of creating immersive quests for users to explore the Metaverse, military training scenarios, difficult-to-find marketing opportunities in the form of narratives for corporations, and much more.
5. Cybersecurity Threat Attribution Analyst
Online threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated as technology advances. As a result, organizations will need to research cyber-attackers’ tools, techniques, and procedures to predict attacks and develop a defensive strategy to contain them.
The threat attribution specialist's role will be to identify common elements in various digital threats, determine whether it's a known hacker or a new threat, and advise the organization's security operations center on how to best defend against future attacks.
6. Virtual Reality (VR) Programmer
All our virtual reality and augmented reality adventures will necessitate the creation of new worlds by computer programmers and designers. The IDC reports worldwide AR/VR spending to reach $50.9 billion by 2026. Ramon T. Llamas, Research Director, Mobile Devices and AR/VR at IDC, says, “The AR/VR market has been taking slow but firm steps in recent years and is poised to take longer strides in the years to come.”
Because virtual reality is now the new entertainment, more VR programmers will be needed to write the code and build the VR applications.
7. Human-Machine Matchmaker
The ability to blend and extend the capabilities of humans and machines by making them collaborative will determine the future of work. Businesses will need seasoned professionals to help shape workplace culture, transform machines and workers into collaborative "colleagues" and help the organizations achieve new performance thresholds.
The human-machine matchmaker will identify processes, systems, and experiences that newly available technologies can improve and envision new approaches, skills, and interactions. They will define roles and responsibilities, and the rules for how machines and humans should work together to complete a task.
8. Augmented Reality (AR) Journey Builder
AR journey builders will be the 21st-century equivalents of composers, bricklayers, and playwrights, but enabled by augmented reality.
They will primarily work with engineering leads and technical artists to build the key elements of an AR experience, such as place, space, and time and build unique augmented experiences. This includes the setting, emotion, historical time, information, tone, characters, recommended items or experiences to buy, and the implementation of users' favorite games, sports teams, music, and cinematic style.
9. Data Detective
According to IDC, nearly 30% of data generated by 2025 will be in real-time. More than just data processing and report generation, data information will need to be translated into understandable, relatable terms so that those in charge can work to implement the necessary improvements.
Data detectives will be responsible for developing an investigative problem-solving mindset and demonstrating an ability to exhibit a keen understanding of data problems that must be addressed. As a result, they will collaborate with various teams to generate meaningful business answers and recommendations using data derived from IoT endpoints, devices, sensors, biometric monitors, customary computing infrastructure, next-generation fog, mesh, neural capabilities, and so on.
10. Digital Reputation Defender
With the rising influence of social media and the internet's complexity, removing embarrassing public and private moments that have made their way online is challenging.
Generation Z is growing up unaware of the ramifications of a regretful digital footprint. As this generation enters the labor force, digital removalists will be in high demand to erase anything potentially damaging to their future opportunities.
The Workforce is Evolving, and So are the Job Roles
The jobs listed above represent just a small fraction of the jobs we expect to come to the fore in the future. Business leaders should keep an eye out for these sought-after titles, which reflect how the workforce constantly evolves in the new normal, along with the latest technology trends such as AI, cybersecurity, AR/VR, and extended reality.
The global economy is undergoing profound changes —and it’s up to businesses to ensure that they have the right people in place in order to remain competitive and thrive into the future. Workers will need to develop the skills to keep up with the jobs of the future and not be left behind.
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