There are tons of speculations about what the future will be like, especially for job seekers. Many people are becoming worried about what jobs will look like with advancements in technology and environmental changes.
NTUC Secretary-General (SG) Lim Swee Say has said that anticipating the future of service and embracing new technologies is critical to future business success. With the tight manpower situation in Singapore, this has become more relevant.
Because in the future, sensitive medical operations will best be done by robots. Robot surgeries – done by four-armed robots – are fast picking up speed in the medical world, with miniature surgical instruments on three of these arms providing a maximum range of motion and precision. The fourth arm even has a high-definition 3D camera that can guide the surgeon through the procedure, ensuring no chance of error.
A medical roboticist would need to have a thorough knowledge of the human body and a clear understanding of how to operate high-tech machinery to complete their tasks.
Each day, an average of 18 people die waiting for transplants that can’t occur because of a shortage of donated organs. In 2014, however, the first full organ was grown inside an animal, showing that it is possible to grow a human organ.
Thanks to this advancement, it is likely that grown organs will be our main source of transplant materials, even allowing us to design them to ensure 100% effectiveness. A custom designer for implant organs would play a large role in the medical field, armed with genetics and an understanding of the human body.
2014 was not a good year for Cyber Security: with several high-profile security breaches like that of JP Morgan Chase, eBay, Snapchat, and Internet vulnerabilities like Shellshock and Heartbleed, we need more cyber-talents on board to fight the threats that hold up the world we’ve come to know and love – online.
While we have security officers today, the advancement of technology will make a new breed of security personnel that is faster and more effective. Security guards will no longer need to pull long hours in a guardhouse, as they’ll be equipped with the best technology to assist them. Robots as muscle, a bird’s eye view through advanced CCTVs, and perhaps a Segway-like vehicle for ferrying them to trespassers and perpetrators – Security Specialists would have access to all these to make the city we live in a safer place.
While we don’t yet have any hovercars, space travel – and thus space tourism – seems to be drawing closer and closer. Traveling to the moon may equate to a business trip, while visiting the nearest space station may be just another family holiday. Bringing people around requires strong people skills and great knowledge of the universe and beyond. Also, knowledge about basic safety procedures (such as the stuff Air Stewardesses have to deal with) would probably be useful.
Think bigger than Oculus Rift – virtual reality is at its prime, and we need someone to create alternate worlds for us, either to help with job training or to help us escape doing our homework. This would require some sick technical skills and a whole lot of imagination.
While Jetsons-like houses aren’t quite the way we’d want our houses to be, building construction in the future will go through quite a bit of change. With access to the newest innovations like 3D modeling and printing and advanced robotics, construction specialists in charge of building the world we live in will be equipped to go bigger and better!
As the world evolves to understand itself in new ways, the center of each progression will definitely be data. And data analysts will be the omniscient leaders of change, reading the charts to tell people what the present and future holds. Will stock prices plummet? Will we run out of fresh produce? Only the data knows.
It’s been a while since we first heard the term “designer babies”, but it isn’t gone just yet. Thanks to genomics, it is possible to predict genetic abnormalities that may threaten a child’s health or way of living. While doctors can churn out the details, genetic counselors will be needed to help future parents make the best choices for their children – choices they are also comfortable with. It is also an existing job, with about 2,000 counselors recognized by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, according to MSNBC.
Where are our hoverboards? Self-driven cars? Floating rocket-ship cars? Popular culture depicting futuristic transport has promised so much and yet delivered so little. But we still have faith – and transportation engineers have to be around to make sure it happens.