There’s a new report out that predicts what the jobs of the future will be, and the good news is that the future is definitely looking brighter if you’ve ever hankered to be a robot ethicist.
The list of the 100 Jobs of the Future was created in a collaboration of Deakin University, Griffith University and Ford, and it paints a vivid picture of what experts think Australia is going to look like down the road a-ways.
Some of those jobs are very familiar – early childhood teacher, for example, or data storage solutions designer, or personal brand manager and content curator (at least, if you’re Beyonce).
And some sound awesome. Cyborg psychologist, for example – which is about getting people used to using hi-tech prosthetics – sounds like a fascinating hi-tech step for current occupational therapists.
And who wouldn’t love to have a decision support worker in their corner wrangling data to help you make informed choices about your life and thus having someone obvious to subsequently blame when everything goes depressingly wrong?
Others, like cricket farmer, portend a future which sounds downright horrifying – as do de-extinction geneticist and ethical hacker, which is either someone that uses their hacking for good or something who has worked out how to hack ethics. Either sound dicey.
Other jobs appear to be a simple rebrand: for example, “weather control engineer” is job we today know as “supervillain”. And the abovementioned “robot ethicist” sounds like the position held by someone desperately yelling “No! No, iSteve – humans are friends! HUMANS ARE FRIENDS! DEPLOY SHUTDOWN PROTOCOL!” while cold metal claws close around their trachea.
In any case, we look forward to the blank stares your parents will give you when you proudly announce your new position as a nostalgist or virtual clutter organiser in 2028.