With technology flooding the enterprise, many people fear the emergence of tech will take over their jobs. However, tech like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will actually create more jobs for humans, according to a recent Cognizant report. The report outlines 21 "plausible and futuristic" jobs that will surface in the next decade.
The 21 jobs follow three major underlying themes: Ethical behaviors, security and safety, and dreams, said the report. These themes come from humans' deeper aspirations for the future of the enterprise and daily life. Humans want machines to be ethical; humans want to feel safe in a technologically-fueled future; and humans always dreamt of a futuristic world, which is coming to fruition, according to the report.
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Some of the jobs on Cognizant's list could spark life-long careers, and some positions might be more fleeting, said the report. Here are the 21 jobs of the future:
- Cyber attack agent
- Voice UX designer
- Smart home design manager
- Algorithm bias auditor
- Virtual identity defender
- Cyber calamity forecaster
- Head of machine personality design
- Data trash engineer
- Uni4Life coordinator
- Head of business behavior
- Joy adjutant
- Juvenile cybercrime rehabilitation counselor
- Tidewater architect
- Esports arena builder
- VR arcade manager
- Vertical farm consultant
- Machine risk officer
- Flying car developer
- Haptic interface programmer
- Subscription management specialist
- Chief purpose planner
Three of the positions would be completely new in the IT world: Data trash engineer, virtual identity defender, and voice UX designer. A data trash engineer would be responsible for using unused data in an organization to find hidden insights, said the report; a virtual identity defender would lead a team to make a company's business goal a reality; and a voice UX designer will use diagnostic tools, algorithms, and more to create the perfect voice assistant, said the report.
Click here for descriptions of all 21 positions.
The big takeaways for tech leaders:
- Emerging tech will actually create a whole new set of jobs for humans in the next 10 years, with some having more staying power than others. — Cognizant, 2018
- The tech jobs of the future all follow three underlying themes that humans share: Ethical behaviors, security and safety, and dreams. — Cognizant, 2018
- The future of IT jobs: A business leader's guide (TechRepublic)
- These are the jobs AI is destroying and creating (ZDNet)
- Cheat sheet: How to become a data scientist (TechRepublic)
- It's not the jobs AI is destroying that bother me, it's the ones that are growing (ZDNet)
- AI will impact 100% of jobs, professions, and industries, says IBM's Ginni Rometty (TechRepublic)
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Macy Bayern is an Associate Staff Writer for TechRepublic. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin's Liberal Arts Honors Program, Macy covers tech news and trends.