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Eight Jobs that Didn’t Exist 15 Years Ago

It is easy to see mechanisation as something to fear. Some would argue that the demand for manual labour has reduced this century due to this technological revolution, but there is evidence that shows new jobs are becoming available too.

Uber driver

Traditionally, the normal protocol for ordering a taxi would be to call a firm and they would gauge where the nearest taxi is to the pickup point, giving the passenger an estimated waiting time.

Now, some riders order their cabs via an app or website.

This system is controversial to some and with validity, to an extent, but it means that a would-be taxi driver can earn income without having to apply for a job with a taxi firm via the previously accepted route, theoretically opening up the career to more people.

Drone operator

Drones are most commonly thought of as military vehicles – because they are unmanned, they can carry out certain missions that could be deemed too dangerous for humans.

Recently, though, they have been used in sport.

Among other head coaches in football, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta uses drones to record training sessions for his analysis and, oddly, a drone led to a delay to two Bradford City matches in the last four years.

Online casino dealer

An ordinary Casino Dealer requires a unique blend of social skills and a mathematical mind in order to run various games of chance such as Blackjack and Roulette. An Online Casino Dealer carries out a similar job but in a virtual capacity.

Companies such as Evolution gaming, who work with the likes of Betway and the brands owned by Skill On Net, utilise them regularly.

Podcaster

Podcasts are an increasingly popular method through which we look for insight, opinion, entertainment and humour.

Joe Rogan runs one of the most famous podcasts in the world and, though he has been active as a comedian since 1988, he is just as well-known for his work on “The Joe Rogan Experience”, which he launched in 2009.

Data analyst

The rise of data analysis has become one of the key themes of 21st-century business.

For a long time, key decisions were often made based on eye witness, research, discussion and personal judgement.

That is not to say that those things are not relevant now, but rather that companies can find other ways of attaining key information to aid their decision making in sales and marketing, increasing accuracy in the process.

In football, for example, Brentford owner Matthew Benham and the board he led were criticized for parting company with manager Mark Warburton in 2015, after he had done an incredible job results-wise, but there was scientific method in their perceived madness.

Warburton and the board reportedly disagreed over several issues including transfer policy; Benham wanted a heavy influence of data in their recruitment strategy, whereas Warburton appeared to favour predominantly eye witness-based methods.

Brentford’s unerring faith in their internal process plan has since been vindicated, as they have made numerous profits via player sales whilst enjoying plenty of success on the pitch.

The use of data analysis, in English football, has since become widespread, creating a new department that can lead to many job opportunities.

Social media manager

In social media’s embryonic stages, companies – typically run by people not fully aware of its significance – took a laissez-faire approach.

The mantra was often to let one of the younger people in the office take care of it, whilst perceiving it an entity somewhat disconnected from the organisation itself.

As social media has grown in popularity, with nearly 14 million Twitter users in the UK in 2019, companies cannot afford to turn a blind eye to that area of the business… in fact, it has become a whole department in itself.

Most companies now recruit Social Media Managers who can effectively communicate their brand and service via those key platforms as a way of driving traffic to the website and, fundamentally, increasing sales.

The engagement undertaken to promote an organisation’s content is just as important as the content itself.

Health informatics expert

The western world’s collective understanding of health has developed massively in the 21st century and a huge part of that is the technological advancements.

Health informatics experts can draw crucial insights to help those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cancer.

Machine-to-machine communications enabler

Machine-to-Machine Communication (M2M), a key part of the development of Machine Learning, is a process which allows data to flow from one stage to the next, then via a gateway to a system, from where it can be opened and assessed. Essentially, M2M refers to the capacity to communicate with wireless or wired devices of equal ability. An M2M communications Enabler, therefore, would oversee this process to ensure minimal disruption.

Augmented reality specialist

Augmented Reality is a technology that takes a literal view of the real world and superimposes images and graphics smoothly enough to create the feel of something that is real, even if it is not.

Lord Voldemort, for example, would not be half as scary in the last five Harry Potter films were he portrayed by either graphics, alone, as he was in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” or an unfiltered Ralph Fiennes.

Augmented Reality Specialists in those five films struck the perfect balance so that the character was scary enough to represent evil, with snake-like slits for his nose and stark veins on his head, but sufficiently lifelike to create the illusion of something real.

Chief agile officer

This is an uncertain time for businesses in the UK.

What separates a successful organisation from another, therefore, is often adaptability.

Companies are recruiting jacks of several trades, rather than masters of one and that is reflected in the rise in demand for Chief Agile Officers (CAOs).

Hydroponic food producer

There are projected to be approximately 7.7 billion people on earth, an increase of 1.2 billion from the estimated total from 20 years ago; and who is to say there may not be 10 billion people on earth by 2040?

It is important that we feed this growing population whilst transitioning to more sustainable forms of energy and food production.

We can, therefore, expect demand for innovative agricultural ideas, with hydroponic food already taking hold in the Asia Pacific region.

Hydroponics is the process of growing plants not in the soil, but rather in a water solvent containing mineral nutrient solutions.

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