Employees of tomorrow
“The future” has always been a vague, rather fantastical concept. Since no one actually knows what the world will be like in ten, 20, or 50 years, it can be fun and fascinating to speculate. But these jobs that you, or perhaps your kids or grandkids, might be able to apply for down the line are actually backed up by scientific research—and by trends we’re seeing today!
Space tour guide
A 2016 special issue of the journal New Space claimed that we may be settling on the moon by 2022 at a cost of $10 billion. Jeffrey Manheimer, Co-Founder & COO of Tripping.com, says, “Wealthy, thrill-seeking tourists are already paying $20 million for a week in the International Space Station and an estimated $175 million for a SpaceX tour of the moon.” Future lunar tourists will want to learn about the moon from qualified space tour guides: scientists and space colonisers who know the ins and outs of Earth’s natural satellite.
Maritime Virtual Security Officer
Driverless cars are already here, and autonomous boats are next. According to a report by Rolls Royce, the company is planning to launch its first remote-controlled, unmanned, ocean-going ship in 2030. With the possibility of ships being digitally operated comes the risk of these ships being hacked. Merit Valdsalu, CEO at StandByMate, says Virtual Security Officers will become key figures of the crew. “As 90 percent of the world’s trade is carried by sea, hacking autonomous cargo vessels might sound tempting to a new generation of pirates, who could cyber-attack vessels from their computers.”