Ten Future Jobs in the Year 2030

Ten Future Jobs in the Year 2030

By: Nicole Strutt | Special Projects Assistant
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The prominence of technology in our lives has caused futuristic shows like “The Jetsons” to seem possible.  Technology has allowed us to change how we live and how we do things, for example we now have robot vacuum cleaners, high definition T.V.s and phones that not only make calls but have become portable handheld computers as well. While technology is changing our daily routines, it is also changing the type of jobs that are available to us today. However, with the addition of technology, the social issue of preserving the environment has also become a major issue.

Below are 10 future jobs that have a high possibility of being created for university grads in 2030, based on the technological changes, environmental issues and the aging population that Canada is facing:

1. Rewilder

With a majority of the farming jobs in the future being replaced by vertical farms, a Rewilder’s job will be to preserve the environment, rather than to continue to cultivate the land. Specific duties for a Rewilder would include: removing manmade items like fences to improve the flight paths for birds, replacing roads with forests and reintroducing native species back into their original environment. A Rewilder would be of an interest to anyone with a passion for gardening and protecting and maintaining the environment. As well would require an educational background in agriculture, wildlife management and environmental sciences.

2. Gero-Kinesiologist

Is a future career that combines the knowledge of kinesiology (body movement) and geriatrics care (relating to older patients).  A Gero-Kinesiologist would be responsible for working directly with the elderly to do health assessments, improve mobility and to recommend exercise programs that would improve overall health. Anyone with a passion for directly improving the lives of elderly people through health programs and fitness would be interested in this role. As well would require an educational background in biology, physiology and kinesiology.

3. Media Remixer

Is a future career that will require knowledge in all aspects of media, including: video, audio, images and augmented reality to create marketing campaigns for companies and graphic design materials for all fields including: wedding montages, educational content, restaurants and recreational activities. Being highly creative, curious, self-driven, and entrepreneurial would be essential for this role and having a passion for new media technologies and taking on new challenges.

4. Urban Planner

An Urban Planner today is responsible for optimizing a city’s use for land and infrastructure. An Urban Planner in 2030 will look at how to plan a city’s use for land and infrastructure using environmental technology.  For example, if homes are too expensive to heat, Urban Planners would look into creating smaller cities with smaller homes to optimize the cost. A background in political science, economics, sociology and anthropology would be beneficial to this role. This role would be for anyone who has a passion for architecture and taking on new challenges.

5. Ecosystems Auditor

An Ecosystems Auditor is responsible for informing the government how communities impact the neighboring environment and ecosystems. Because of their expansive knowledge about the environment, Ecosystems Auditors provide urban planners with standards and guidelines to keep ecosystems unharmed and prosperous. For example, an Ecosystems Auditor may tell an Urban Planner the most efficient and environmental way to clean water. Education in urban planning and environmental sciences is required and would be for anyone who has a passion for the environment and working with rules and regulations.

6. Makeshift Structure Engineer

With the rise of 3D printing in 2030, the job of a Makeshift Structure Engineer would be to create the structures and buildings to hold the 3D machinery as well to oversee the machinery that is being used for the 3D printing. Working as a Makeshift Structure Engineer would require an education background in engineering and would interest anyone with a passion for architecture and industrial design.

7. Simplicity Expert

A Simplicity Expert is responsible for making processes more efficient by cutting down 10 steps to three and a three hour job to a half an hour job. Working as a Simplicity Expert would require knowledge in math, design, sociology and understanding how people work and has an aptitude for problem solving and working with a variety of personalities.

8. Art Museum Curator

An Art Museum Curator is responsible for building a museum’s art collection by researching, preserving and gaining new artwork through donation, organizing exhibition and writing exhibition catalogues. Art Museum Curators also work with designers to create the exhibits composed of short videos, audio guides, or wall texts and interactive technologies. In 2030, Art Museum Curators will also be responsible for virtual art objectives and interactive spaces. An education background for art history and a passion for interactive art would be essential for this position.

9.  Gamification Designer

Different from a video game designer, the job of a Gamification Designer is to take ordinary processes and tasks and transform them into a game, to provide optimal level of learning efficiency. Gamification Designers will work with technologists, designers and business people to ensure that the workplace becomes a fun and challenging place. A Gamification Designer would be anyone who would be interested in solving and tackling new problems. As well, a background education in design, psychology and data science would be beneficial to this role.

10. Renewable Energy Engineer

In 2030, Canada hopes to move from the current energy sources like oil to renewable energy sources like wind and tidal energy.  Renewable Energy Engineers will be responsible for maintaining these wind and tidal energy projects. A career as a Renewable Energy Engineer would be for anyone who has a combined passion of engineering and the environment.

*Lead image: creative-commons licensed photo by uonottingham. Image resized by author.

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Posted on April 03, 2014