The world has always been accelerating towards more automated jobs, especially the tedious ones, but the COVID-19 crisis has sped this up even further. With social distancing guidelines and a push for minimal contact, there will be more demand for technological innovation for different industries, changing the world further.
Despite concerns that automation might reduce the number of jobs or cause mass employment, technology can actually create even more job opportunities. New technologies can provide people with new avenues for all kinds of work.
While being good parents means we shouldn’t force our kids to go into specific industries, it’s our responsibility to open up opportunities to explore what they can be interested in and what might benefit them in the future. Here are examples of careers that can our children would be smart to explore in the future.
The digital content creator or specialist
The internet has democratized entertainment and marketing for good. When television and radio networks had a monopoly over entertainment and content that could reach the masses, the internet now allows anyone and everyone to release their own content into the public sphere. Since the world continues to move toward digital media and everyone is constantly connected to all sources of information and entertainment we want to consume, there will always be a demand for fresh content that can break the mold. People who want to get into this industry must be well-versed in digital marketing, multimedia and digital arts, and writing.
Computer systems analyst
Getting a degree in computer science and related fields will always be a smart option because technology will only grow more complex and will forever be intrinsically linked with everything in our lives. There will always be a demand for a computer engineer, a computer builder, and a system analyst that can help build, choose, and implement the best software and hardware for artificially intelligent machines, potentially.
Experts warn that COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic. As time goes on, as more extinctions and deforestation occur, more diseases from wildlife will spill over into humans. The healthcare sector always needs to be revolutionized and needs to get into all kinds of cutting-edge research and development. Biomedical engineers can create devices and tools that can potentially mitigate serious health crises like COVID-19 in the future.
Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that can be sent from peer-to-peer without intermediaries, has been touted by financial analysts as a possible foundation of future currency. Experts predict that blockchain technology will become just as paradigm-shifting as the internet, and that’s why there will be a demand for professionals who know how to develop practical products and services for blockchain technology that will be in demand in the future.
Smart building experts and technicians
In the future, most of the world might adopt smart buildings—structures that use automation technology to control various building systems such as heating, lighting, security, ventilation, and air conditioning. Smart buildings are not just convenient for users; they can also help combat climate change as they are designed to reduce energy use. There will be a demand for qualified and trained people to upgrade, install, repair, and maintain these systems in the future.
Urban agriculture specialist
The National Intelligence Council reports that the population on earth grows by about seven cities the size of Chicago each year. As humanity’s population continues to grow, the strain on our natural resources will also increase. Many of society’s industrial farming practices are harmful to our environment. To be sustainable, we need to grow our own products using sophisticated hydroponics and farming methods. When urban dwellers realize their survival depends on growing local food, urban farmers will demand urban farmers who care about the planet and help save it.
COVID-19 has been a bane in healthcare industries all over the world. The International Council of Nurses reported that the global shortage of nurses is estimated at 5.9 million nurses. If COVID-19 really isn’t the last pandemic in our lifetime, we need all the healthcare workers we can get. Nurse practitioners who are qualified, trained, and licensed can help shape the future of healthcare as they prove their effectiveness in delivering high-quality healthcare services.
Careers of the Future
There is no shortage of fulfilling and lucrative careers for our kids in the future. We only need to encourage, support, and steer in the right direction, but it will still be their decision at the end of the day. They need to open their eyes to the needs of the world and work from there.