Neuro-Implant Technicians: Dealing with brains is serious stuff, but working to insert implants is another level of complexity. We will not only need brain surgeons and people that can augment brains with technology, but we’ll also need people that can do backups of brain data as well as people that can interpret such data in real-time.
Smart Home Handyperson: The smart home is a megatrend that will affect everything from your refrigerator to home security. We’ll need people who can connect these things together so that they work in unison.
VR Experience Designer: Navigating virtual reality is going to be a challenge, and no one has really figured out how that’s going to work. We’ll need UX designers that can make this palatable for the average person, making VR accessible to everyone.
Freelance Professors: Higher education as we know it is slowly dying. Professors in search of academic freedom are already leaving established universities to teach on a solo basis, and technology enables them to reach the masses.
Urban Farmers: People want fresh food closer to them, and vertical farming is expected to gain momentum in the near future. We’ll need people that can teach the ways of vertical farming to new operations that emerge.
Terabyters: In the near future, we will be capturing insane amounts of information through sensors, cameras, and other apparatuses. This will require special equipment and know-how.
Nano-Medics: Technology has allowed us to dive deeper and deeper into the fundamentals of the human body. The most basic level is the cellular level, and we will soon have the ability to address concerns within this microscopic landscape. Nano-medics, essentially doctors that can diagnose symptoms, design treatments, and implement nanotechnology at a cellular level, will be needed.
3D Printing Engineers: The next wave of 3D printing technology will require engineers that can oversee and operate computerized plants that print everything from custom concept cars to biomaterials.
Elevated Tube Transport Engineers: Vacuum tubes with maglev tracks will be the future’s trains. We will need people that understand how to solve problems that routinely occur with this emerging technology.
Personal Health Coach: As the quantified self-trend meets the cloud, we will seek professionals that can look and interact with our health data. They will provide us personalized solutions to make our lives better.
Source: Business Insider, Jeff Desjardins, Oct 2, 2016; Graeme Codrington, Futurist, TomorrowToday Global