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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

May 09, 2014 11:55 IST

Image: Honda Motor's humanoid robot,next-generation ASIMO steps in the direction being pushed by a model at Honda's office in Wako.
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While many jobs will become redundant as technology evolves, the change will also make way for new career opportunities.

To explore how the current education and landscape may evolve, Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan partnered with futurists to imagine a job fair of the future by examining social, technological, economic, and environmental changes occurring today.

The exploration led to a list of careers that will be the most important in 2030. While professions will sill be around, such as teacher and hotelier, the list also contained 14 jobs that do not exists today.

Let’s look at the 15 crazy jobs that may become commonplace in 15 years from now.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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Robot Counsellor

In 2030, robots will play a greater part in providing home care and services than they do today. The new owners of these general-purpose household robots will need guidance picking the right unit for their home.

This is where a Robot Counsellor will come in handy. This person will be an excellent resource for picking the right bot for the family.

15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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The nostalgist will be an interior designer specialising in recreating memories for retired people.

Rather than settling for a typical ‘retirement village’ experience where everyone’s apartment looks the same, the wealthy elderly of 2030 will have the luxury of living in a space inspired by their favourite decade.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

Image: A designer works on a restaurant sign at TechShop in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco.
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Garbage Designer

A new form of recycling that will likely become popular in 2030 is ‘upcycling’. Upcycling is the practice of turning waste into better quality products. Garbage designers are key to ensuring the success of upcycling.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

Image: Holocaust survivor Betty Stein, 92, (R) is helped by coach Irina Jestkova as she plays ping pong at a program for people with Alzheimer's and dementia at the Arthur Gilbert table tennis center in Los Angeles, California.
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End of Life Therapist

As people expect to live longer, old age will become less mysterious. Planning for the last phases of life will become another stage to prepare for, just like the way people plan for retirement today.

The end of life therapist will be a guide for people planning the last years of their lives. End of life therapists will provide advice about procedures and technologies that will make the physical process of dying smoother..

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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Using a combination of robotic surgery tools, scanning and sensing technologies and high-speed networks, surgeons will operate on people in far away locations.

Surgeons based in cities will virtually commute to where they’re needed and perform routine surgeries by remotely controlling robotic tools.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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The Rewilder’s job will be to undo environmental damage to the countryside caused by people, factories, cars, and intensive one crop monoculture farming.

Removing fences to restore flight paths for birds, tearing up roads and replacing them with forests, and reintroducing native species are just some of the tasks rewilders will engage in.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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Media Remixer

In 2030, the DJs and VJs will have to make room for the media remixer who mixes and combines a variety of media from across time to create one-of-a-kind products or experiences.

The media used in these products combines video, audio, images and augmented reality material to create marketing campaigns, educational tools, wedding montages, entertainment and one-of-a-kind experiences such as installation art or unique dining adventures.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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Gamification Designer

Gamification is the process of adding game logic in order to achieve better outcomes. Not to be confused with a video game designer, the gamification designer will combine game logic with everyday activities, events, products, and services.

As a gamification designer, the person will work with technologists, designers and business people to make the world a more playfully challenging place.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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From globalisation we will head back to focus more on local communities. In 2030, communities may rely less on the global marketplace due to breakthroughs in solar and wind power, at-home 3D printing, and the return of gardening.

A localiser will be needed to help small neighbourhoods and companies survive and thrive by using what is available to them within a close distance.

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Simplicity Expert

The simplicity experts of 2030 will look at how business can simplify and streamline their operations.

The simplicity expert will reduce fifteen administrative steps to three, or four interviews to one, or three days of work to a half hour.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

Image: French engineer Christophe Millot (L) and manufacturer Guy Julien stand with the Wall-Ye prototype, a robot designed to prune vines.
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Ecosystem Auditor

Ecosystem auditors will the government by building a big-picture understanding of how human communities impact their local ecosystems.

Each ecosystem auditor will know how valuable the local ecosystem is, what its weaknesses are, and how city or business might impact it.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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Arctic Adventure Guide

The job of an arctic adventure guide will be to provide a rugged and exciting outdoors experience to remote locations, while ensuring the safety of the travellers.

15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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Neighbourhood Watch Officer

In 2030, advances in technology will make drones popular and commonly used by people for everything from shipping shoes purchased online to dropping off medicine.

The popularity of drones will transform neighbourhood watch organizations.

Neighbourhood watch officers are in charge of flocks of small drones that monitor on the edges of a neighbourhood to keep an eye on suspicious comings and goings.

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Image: Stavroula Chasandra, 35, an ichthyologist - a scientist who studies fish - of Selonda fish farming company holds a glass container with newborn sea bass at a hatchery in Psachna village on Evia island.
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Aquaponic Fish Farmer

In 2030, populations of wild fish may reduce drastically. Instead of giving up this food, new production methods like aquaponics will step in to replace fish that we can no longer catch in the wild.

Aquaponics combines fish farming with gardening, where plants grow over water to cover its surface, while fish live below. And an Aquaponic fish farmers will be able to set up operations nearly everywhere.

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15 crazy jobs that will exist in the future

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Healthcare Navigator

Patients and their families want guidance so that they can find out what’s going on, who to talk to about a loved one’s condition, and what to expect when they move from the hospital back to the home.

This is where the healthcare navigator comes in. The navigator teaches patients and their loved ones about the ins and outs of a complicated medical system.

If patients or their families have questions or need to make tough choices during a stressful time, the healthcare system navigator is their guide.