“85% of the jobs in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet.”
This stat comes from an Institute for the Future (IFTF) forecast, and was featured in this recent Money article – and if it doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will!
It’s definitely hard to comprehend a professional landscape 12 years from now that looks so vastly different from today. But our personal career development doesn’t get to pick and choose how the professional world evolves. So we must adapt, too, preparing and considering how our own careers will need to change in order for us to be successful in the future.
That’s why I want you to check out the Money article I referenced earlier, titled “The 6 Jobs Everyone Will Want in 2040.” The article jumps 10 years past the year targeted with the “85% stat” I opened this post with, and it is definitely eye-opening.
Here’s a quick preview of the jobs the article calls out (read the whole article for insight into each job):
- Virtual Store Manager
- Robot Mediator
- Robot Trainer
- Drone Traffic Controller
- Augmented Reality Designer
- Micro Gig Agents
Now, if you’re like me, you probably look at these titles and think, “ROBOT TRAINER?!” Yes, some of these jobs may sound like something out of a science-fiction film, but that’s what is so startling. We are entering unchartered waters in regards to how humans use technology in the workforce, and understanding how to navigate this territory will be essential.
So whether you work in retail, graphic design, logistics – whatever industry you are in – it is likely the way you view your job must shift. Even if you’ll be retired in 2040, things will start changing way before then.
The question is, what are you doing NOW to prepare?
My advice is to stay informed, push for more information, and stay on top of the trends. You have to pay attention to what’s happening in your industry, and make sure you have a strategic plan for staying relevant and indispensable.