In 2014 it was widely reported that technology would lead to the obliteration of around 10 million jobs in the near future. Headlines talked of experts predicting that up to 35 pc of Britain’s jobs would be eliminated by new computing and robotics technology within the next 20 years. But this hyperbolic foresight was brought into question following the results of a longitudinal study published last summer, which analysed the consensus data in England and Wales since 1871 to reveal that overall tech has created more jobs than it had destroyed in this time.
Whilst we no longer require bowling pin setters and human alarm clocks, some equally unusual sounding jobs have emerged in recent years – you could now work as a technology evangelist, employed in a cyber-security capacity to lawfully hack into a company’s server in order to pinpoint any areas of vulnerability. Or alternatively, a chief listening officer who monitors the amount of mentions a certain brand receives on social media. Thinking beyond the present day, Investopedia have attempted to predict new jobs that will emerge in the coming years. The article explains the predictions on the basis of acknowledging humanity’s innate curiosity and desire for exploration – this drives the creation of new jobs that seek to interact and interpret our surroundings. Is it therefore possible that we are looking at the next generation of asteroid miners, eugenicists, virtual reality employees and artificial intelligence handlers? They seem to think so!
Not only has technology transformed the job market landscape, seeing a drastic decline in labour-intensive occupations counter to a huge boost in knowledge-intensive sectors, but it has also significantly altered the way in which we work. Digital advancements have aided career opportunities irrespective of geographical location as we are no longer required to seek work exclusively close to home. A recent Forbes publication, you don’t have to work in tech to be a digital nomad, discusses ways in which we can pursue careers outside of tech whilst benefiting from the digital world ‘to earn a living and conduct life in a nomadic manner.’ The article pinpoints hospitality, not-for-profit, customer support and health & fitness as industries that lend themselves to the nomadic lifestyle. This way of working is often hugely appealing for its offer of flexible hours and an increased opportunity to fit leisure into daily routine.
For many of us, it’s our own caution that prevents us from fully benefitting from all that technology can offer us, as the word ‘tech’ itself often incites some form of fear for those of us that don’t consider ourselves to be tech savvy. But with tech as the driving force behind the rapidly changing job scene, now could be as good a time as any to investigate new opportunities and enjoy a nomadic working life.
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