The future is upon us. I don’t know if you got the memo. We’re growing burgers in test-tubes, we’ve made flying cars and we’re starting to reverse the ageing process. Although all of these things are currently a little bit rubbish (but no less remarkable), it won’t be long before all sorts of new and currently futuristic sounding careers are set to become the norm, and in some cases potentially quite lucrative. And while we may not need managers for retirement homes looking after people living forever, or Frankenstein chefs designing new forms of super-meat in a lab just yet, it might not seem so crazy in the coming years.
5: 3D Printing.
3D printing is already taking off in a big way. It’s proven to be hugely beneficial to medical science, particularly for prosthetic limbs and printing bits of bone that require very specific dimensions. 3D printers are fantastic for printing things that are particularly intricate, precise or fiddly. Although they’re not quite common-place yet, they’re already proving to be incredibly useful office and home tools. And when we figure out how to use 3D printers to 3D print 3D printers, they’ll basically take over the world from there.
But what would a career in 3D printing involve? There are a number of career paths available, such as the 3D modelling and scanning required to print 3D objects. With 3D printing’s ability to print more intricate objects, a great deal of imagination can now be applied to your ideas in unusual areas, such as designing toys and tools. You could even sell 3D printers the same as you’d sell any office supplies.
4: Food Science.
Food science is a broad area, from nutrition to genetic modification, but as more and more technology goes into the production of food, an increasing number of scientists are needed to explore the possibilities and develop exciting culinary innovations. Want to create some kind of cucumber/sausage combo? Maybe it’ll be possible in the future. You’ll be streamlining the sandwich filling industry forever.
With the first ever lab-created burger being created last year, this area of technology could revolutionise the agricultural industry. It’s in the early stages, because despite the burger being a first and whoppingly expensive, it was also apparently a bit stringy. “So why even bother?” I hear you cry. It would mean less farm animals taking up space that could be used for more plant crops, that wouldn’t be needed to feed farm animals. That would be hugely beneficial for the environment (see No.2), particularly because cows rudely burping and farting has seriously damaged the ozone layer.
3: Big Data Analysis.
In the future, we will look back at the small data of the past and laugh at how pathetic and feeble it all looked. Gone will be the days of tiny numbers like 4 and 6.2, instead it will herald the dawning of a new age of HUGE THROBBING DATA like 812 and 64,000. And as a result, we will undoubtedly need much bigger data analysts.
Big data analysis introduces the notion of being able to study the relatively new influx of data provided by sources such as web cookies, GPS tracking locations and the many bits and bytes of information provided by using the internet. If you are particularly gifted with numbers, and hugely enjoy collecting, studying and analysing data, but feel that it’s all a bit small at the moment, this would definitely be the perfect career to consider in the future.
As the human population continues to swell like an oil spill in the ocean, the amount of room for anything else dwindles. Before long, it’s going to look like zoos were built just to house weird made-up animals bred specifically to be there, like elephants and lemurs.
“Mummy, what’s a tiger?” A child will ask, wide-eyed and fascinated, after reading a dusty old page of Wikipedia that she found in the attic. “I don’t remember.” Will come the subdued response. The child will then hold up a sepia-toned picture from 2017 of a large striped animal, uploaded to Instagram. “Oh, one of those. Just go and sit slightly too close to a cat. They’re sort of like that.” The mother will reply, over the top of her Galaxy Nexus Tablet. “What’s a cat?”
If this vision horrifies you, you may be perfect a perfect fit for a career in environmentalism. There’s so much all over the world that needs to be done to support our fragile, delicate planet, so being able to do something about it will be in high-demand, as well as being hugely rewarding. And it’s not all chaining yourself to trees and getting in the way of whale harpoons, either. Large businesses are starting to take on environmentalists more and more to make sure that they can keep their companies in the green. There are all sorts of aspects within a business that need to be considered from an environmental perspective, including recycling, energy usage and a company’s carbon footprint. Businesses will like it, because going green looks good for them, and it has the added bonus of actually having a positive impact for the planet as well.
(A leopard trying marmite for the first time, if you were wondering.)
1: Augmented Reality.
The technology is available now, but the possibilities have barely been tapped into yet. Generally, augmented reality involves holding up a smartphone’s camera to something that a phone application will recognise, which then projects objects such as 3D models and pop-up information into the scene on your screen. For example, holding up your phone’s camera to a medieval town display in a museum might add a little 3D model of a medieval house over the top, so that you can visualise what is being described interactively. It’s in its early stages at the moment, but improving all of the time. Here is a video, demonstrating the marketing capabilities of augmented reality:
So naturally, there are a lot of duties involved in the creation of augmented reality. It is likely to become increasingly popular for marketing, as it is both much more entertaining and much less fiddly than QR codes and hash-tags. These ideas need to be developed by marketing departments and then built and created by 3D modellers and animators, opening up a large amount of opportunities. And if more products such as Google Glass (Or Google Goggles) appear, the world could transform into some kind of inescapable Dreamworks animation, where every poster on the tube almost pokes you in the eye.