Careers of the Future: 42 Professions of Tomorrow

Teodor Teofilov
Aug 1, 2019 · 21 min read
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One-quarter of U.S. jobs are under the threat of being automated, especially the repetitive and boring ones, a recent study by the Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, which conducts in-depth research that will lead to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level, has found.

The researchers found one-quarter of jobs in the U.S. are at “high-risk” of automation, since 70 percent or more of their tasks could be done by machines. Another 36 percent of jobs are at “medium-risk” as a machine could do between 30 and 70 percent of their tasks. Some 40 percent of jobs are at “low-risk”, with less than 30 percent of their tasks able to be performed by a robot.

With the constant innovation and major strides being made in technology, a large part of the U.S. and the world workforce will have retrain for new jobs that will arise — some of these new professions might seem odd. Cognizant, an American multinational corporation that provides IT services, including digital, technology, consulting, and operations services, predicts the jobs that will come about from the ones lost after automation takes over in a November 2017 and October 2018 report.

The reports are written as hypothetical job adverts and some do require quite a bit of imagination, while others are not far from our current reality. Below are the 42 jobs that they expect will arise in the near future.

Data Detective

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Currently we leave vast amounts of data online and in the near future companies will need data detectives to go through it all and generate answers to business questions and make recommendations based on their findings. This will be done through investigating the data generated by the “Internet of Things end points, devices, sensors, biometric monitors, traditional computing infrastructure, next-gen fog, mesh, edge, neural capabilities.” The position isn’t hard to imagine as many businesses already spend time and money going through people’s data so that they can sell them products.

This position will allow people who are fans of TV series like CSI live their dream, without all that pesky blood that comes with crime scenes. Data detectives will have to identify and examine data sets from multiple sources, uncover new sources of data, mix, compare and analyze data sets from multiple data sources and write reports and present their findings to the company. The data detectives will provide businesses and organizations with data-driven insights on how to improve.

Bring your own IT Facilitator

Shadow-IT provides innovation in today’s world and it will be embraced by companies, which will have to create policies to oversee and monitor its acceptable use. The responsibilities for this position will include leading a shadow-IT steering group, educating employees on the benefits of shadow-IT and running innovation hackathons.

Ethical Sourcing Officer

As an ESO a person will “maintain the ethical footprint” of a company by making sure indirect expenditures are in alignment with the values of the shareholders. To be successful the ESO will undertake research and head a team of analysts to gather, examine and provide the information for the successful implementation of the shareholders values.

Artificial Intelligence Business Development Manager

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With the development and growth of the AI sector, this job is for someone at a hypothetical AI-driven computing service company. Although the position title might sound fancy, the job itself isn’t so. In the description of the job, Cognizant underlines that “there is one thing that AI cannot do and won’t be able to do for the foreseeable future — sell itself.”

The AI Business Development Manager will be a sales person, but for AI, because “selling AI (whether in its “raw” compute form or packaged into a business service) requires human input and effort.”

Master of Edge Computing

The master of edge computing will be responsible for overhauling the current internet infrastructure of a company into a decentralized one that uses edge computing. This will be needed as it will increase the processing capabilities of the massive data volumes that a company will have.


As we live longer thanks to technology, in the near future there will be a need for senior citizens to talk to. The walker/talker job will be just that — talking to elderly in need of companionship, listening to them talk and taking the more mobile of them for a walk. This will be great for people that like to listen and interact with their fellow human beings.

Fitness Commitment Counselor

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Since the 1980s, worldwide obesity has nearly doubled with just over 200 million adult men and just under 300 million adult women obese. In the U.S. alone, it is expected that nearly half of the population will be obese by 2030. In 2004 the World Health Organization adopted the “WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health” and later the “Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020” in an attempt to halt the rise of obesity.

As a direct consequence from the problem of obesity the fitness commitment counselor position will emerge. Although we have a lot of technology to track and help with daily movement, such as fitbits, it still can’t go the full length as it can’t hold the wearer accountable for their health. In the future clients will not only wear an activity tracker, but also have a fitness commitment counselor to keep them motivated and on track to better health.

AI-Assisted Healthcare Technician

This position is pretty much nursing updated. The skills required are the same health care skills but with an added tech savviness to deliver them remotely, using in-home testing equipment and tools to diagnose and treat ailments, which will allow doctors to support these technicians and handle the harder cases directly. It will also be possible to perform surgery with the help of AI, with no medical degree needed.

Cyber City Analyst

As the number of smart cities increases, cyber city analysts will keep the tech up and running, much like electricians maintain the infrastructure of the power grid today. The data collected from the millions of sensors across such a city that keep the services working will need to be kept working and this is where the cyber city analyst comes in.

Genomic Portfolio Director

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The future holds the marvels of gene-editing technologies and the use of Crispr, a gene-editing tool that holds enormous potential to accelerate life science research, improve biotechnology, and even treat diseases, will take off in the future as predicted by Cognizant. This will give rise to many companies that will use such technologies to create new medicines at incredible rates.

A genomic portfolio director is the executive that will lead such a company and decide on what products need to be created. The individual in this position will have the task to create a strategy to market the new creations to the consumers and will have to ensure that the company keeps its foot on the gas.

Man-Machine Teaming Manager

The teamin manager will have to figure out and combine the strengths of man (cognition, judgment, empathy, versatility, etc.) and machine (accuracy, endurance, computation, speed, etc.) to create the most productive worker team possible. Companies will be on the hunt for individuals that will be able to develop an “interaction system through which humans and machines mutually communicate their capabilities, goals, and intentions, and devising a task planning system for human-machine collaboration.”

Financial Wellness Coach

Financial wellness coaches will have to help people keep track of their digital transactions and make the most of their money. “In the face of increasingly digital finance transactions, many banking customers are too time-crunched to fully understand fee structures and optimal approaches to financial management,” states Cognizant.

Digital Tailor

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E-commerce market was worth more than $500 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone and are projected to surpass $735 billion by 2023. The traditional jobs aren’t going to disappear but will get a digital update and the digital tailor is just that.

According to Cognizant, companies will require digital tailors that will make use of cutting-edge technology to take customers’ measurements, the clothes will then be produced and the tailors will return for a final fitting to ensure lower return rates through selling customers perfectly fitting clothes.

Chief Trust Officer

These individuals will be responsible for clearing suspicion and showing investors that the money they are putting into the company is used with the utmost integrity. Companies will need individuals with “the combined financial and regulatory acumen needed to deal in traditional and cryptocurrencies, with the PR expertise to maintain a positive public image that upholds our organization’s financial and public integrity.”

Quantum Machine Learning Analyst

The quantum machine learning analyst will be responsible for combining these for better and faster solutions to real-world problems. The end goal of these analysts will be to create a system that can learn from data and this role will be suitable for the most highly skilled individuals.

Virtual Store Sherpa

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With retail moving ever faster to being online, in the future it can be expected that it will be fully online, with real-life stores disappearing. To help customers pick out the best item they need, for example a new dining table, the virtual sherpa will connect to them through virtual reality and will talk to them about their needs, advise them on products and finally dispatch a robot to deliver the item decided on.

This is pretty much being a shop assistant in the future, just online. There sherpa will not need a specific degree for this and will just help customers get the product that they need.

Personal Data Broker

The personal data broker will have a simple job — to make sure their customers receive money from the companies they sell their data to. The person in this position will monitor and trade personal data on a newly created data exchange.

Personal Memory Curator

The personal memory curator will use the experiences of people to create realistic simulations of their past. Curators will also be responsible for managing the “advance memory statement” before the onset of memory fail.

Augmented Reality Journey Builder

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The development of augmented reality will allow for greater entertainment experience for the population of the future. It will allow for immersive storytelling and world creation that a person can live through.

The augmented reality journey builder will take customers on a journey, much like great authors do with their stories. This job will require the writing, designing and building the augmented reality experiences and most importantly the personalization of the next generation of stories.

Highway Controller

Highway controllers will take on this mantle and will have to monitor, regulate, plan and manipulate both air and road space by monitoring and programming the AI platforms that control the vehicles. This position can be equated to an air traffic controller, but on steroids with an added bonus of even greater stress levels.

Genetic Diversity Officer

Data Trash Engineer

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The theory that junk data is useless is a rather flawed one. Even if data hasn’t been used in the past year, it has the potential to be turned into useful insights. Just like trash can be recycled and used again, so can junk data.

The job of the data trash engineer will be to identify unused data, clean it up and feed it into machine-learning algorithms to find hidden insights by not only increasing how much data is collected, but also improving the data quality. The end goal is to transform trash into treasure.

Cyber Attack Agent

Cyber agents won’t just be there to defend against outside attacks, but will also have to mount an offensive of their own. In this position you will have to develop and deliver strategic cyber offenses against enemy infrastructure and public and private sector systems. Cyber agents will need to have a “track record of cyber hacking, “grey-hat-focused” software development or distributed denial of service attack experience.”

Juvenile Cybercrime Rehabilitation Counsellor

Juvenile cybercrime rehabilitation counsellors will have to work closely with the young cyber offenders to help rehabilitate them. A counsellor will have to first understand the cyber talents and then direct them toward digital roles that will make the most use of their talents.

Voice UX Designer

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Siri, Alexa and Google Home might be serviceable, but they lack the colour and creativity of human conversation. There is a lot of room for improvement and with the development of AI voice platforms in the future it will be up to the voice UX designers to tailor an optimal dialect for the customer.

Cognizant believes that in the near future linguists will be much sought after in order to provide a very personal AI voice platform. If voice interfaces reflect a person’s dialect and individual speech traits it will be more effective and as such voice UX designers will be needed.

Joy Adjutant

The joy adjutants will have a simple mission — to help people make good decisions about objects that bring happiness to their lives. They will also help customers declutter and organize, by figuring out where to start when sorting out items.

Head of Business Behaviour

Making use of all this data, the head of business behaviour will analyse it and create strategies that will improve employee engagement, productivity, well-being and workplace happiness. This position will also require a vigilant oversight of the privacy and ethical concerns around the collection of behavioral data and preserve the employees’ trust.

Smart Home Design Managers

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Smart homes are already becoming a reality as they can be environmentally friendly, provide better security and safety, handle regular household tasks and provide a more entertaining home. In the future smart homes will become the norm and will require design managers.

Smart home design managers will work closely with architects, engineers and clients to “design connected homes that cocoon inhabitants in a fully and seamlessly connected environment, using the latest integrated technology in an aesthetically and environmentally friendly manner.” They will have to be on top of the latest technological trends and find original ways to integrate technology with both traditional and contemporary styles.

Algorithm Bias Auditor

The algorithm bias auditor will have to conduct a methodological and rigorous review new and existing apps and systems within the organization and establish an inventory system that logs and tracks each algorithm, its objectives, its input and output, related human value judgments and consequences. The position will also require the establishment of guidelines and compliance methodologies that can easily be understood and followed by employees in an organization.

Uni4Life Coordinator

This position will also involve the use of a tool to collect data on lifelong learners to build an up-to-date learning profile and use predictive algorithms to make recommendations based on employment and skills data.

Cyber Calamity Forecaster

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As it is important to know whether you will need an umbrella tomorrow through your weather forecast, it will be increasingly important to understand and predict cyber conditions in the future. Governments, industries, societies and individuals will need to protect themselves and become more resilient.

A cyber calamity forecaster will have to monitor, detect and forecast cyber threats and predict what their impact will be. Forecasters will also have to accurately map cyber uncertainties, make predictions to prepare for their occurrence and be able to distinguish between highly improbable and wildly impossible cyber outliers.

Esports Arena Builder

Design-and-build construction managers will be necessary to define all tasks needed for the build-out of esports arenas. They will have to be able to scope and manage more specialised operational roles, such as: “contracts for laying down the latest in innovative “smart” foundations; installing miles of specialty cables; erecting immersive cage gaming structures; installing lighting and cutting-edge electrical systems and building locations; designing biometric AR/VR displays (including haptic feedback); and massive state-of-the-art high definition screens that can expand or contract depending on crowd size, cultivating capacity driven intimacy.”

Tidewater Architect

Tidewater architects will be responsible for the planning and execution of projects that work with nature — not against it. Excellence in hydro-engineering, civil engineering and architectural design derived from the principles of moats, floats, super-dikes and wetlands is essential to this role.

Virtual Identity Defender

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Advances in AI could soon make creating convincing fake audio and video — known as “deepfakes” — relatively easy. Making a person appear to say or do something they did not can take the war of disinformation to a whole new level. There is a need for ways to prevent this.

Virtual identity defenders will be capable of creating digital watermarks that can be authenticated and can prove the truth of something or someone and, conversely, signal an illegitimate intention in their absence.

Head of Machine Personality Design

To do this, the head of machine personality design will use both quantitative and qualitative market analysis techniques. The role will also require the person to ensure a consistent branding experience across all automated points of contact and create an interface that has a personality.

Virtual Reality Arcade Manager

A VR arcade manager will manage the physical arcade and will liaise with the central VR software developers to make sure the latest and greatest VR experience is available and operational at all times.

Vertical Farm Consultant

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Even today consumers want their food to be fresh and delivered quickly. In the future this will be even more pronounced and while demand increases and the increasingly unpredictable impact that climate change has on produce there will be a need for vertical farms to address the need for stable, localized farming with aeroponic systems that grow food in controlled environments, unhindered by the impacts of global warming, while using a fraction of the water required by traditional farms.

The vertical farming consultants will tend to these farms and advise communities on the best practices so people can eat healthier and source food locally. Consultants will work with community leaders and local governments to identify the optimal locations for farming sites within neighborhoods and train residents to operate the facility. Other responsibilities will be to create educational plans that advise people on the health benefits of plant-based diets and how best to prepare meals that meet their needs.

Machine Risk Officer

To address this, machine risk officers will have to manage the potential risks that can occur when intelligent machines fail. This position will also require the establishment of human-machine trust and will have to also protect a company’s brand, reputation and finances by considering machine ethics issues.

Subscription Management Specialist

This will require a subscription management specialist to construct a framework of linked subscriptions to establish and “advance customer familiarity, loyalty and a direct sales channel.” This position will be twofold — to investigate the “most suitable subscriptions for acquiring new customers, increasing the value of existing customers and reducing customer churn, while also undertaking micro-subscription service development by exploring opportunities to partner and develop a suite of micro-payment options for customers.”

Flying Car Developer

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Terrafugia, a Chinese-owned corporation, based in Woburn, MA, U.S., is currently developing a flying car that is supposed to go on sale in the U.S. this year. The future of the skies being filled with flying cars piloted by everyday citizens is slowly coming closer to fruition. Cognizant believes that this becoming a reality is close and the world will need aerospace and car engineers to make these vehicles a reality for the masses.

People with experience in engineering, software development, aeronautics, battery technologies, materials development and many other positions will be needed to assist in moving flying cars from the planning table to commercial development.

Haptic Interface Designer

A haptic interface designer will use new materials and the ability to program responsive textures to maximize the impact of outreach campaigns. The role will also require the identification of which wearable and touch-surface platforms work best to combine and advertise a brand, product or service.

Chief Purpose Planner

As a chief purpose planner you will conceive, shape and launch dedicated purpose journeys for companies. It will also be required that you help clients define and articulate their contribution to society and their purpose for both customers and prospective employees.

Originally published at on August 1, 2019.

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