The technology is developing so fast that some of the old professions become unnecessary while new ones pop up pretty much every day. We used to have chimney sweeps, telephone operators, and ice carriers, but instead we have now all kinds of marketers, SMM specialists, and programmers. Sergey Kartashov (Sergejs Kartasovs), an IT investor and Senior Partner at Roosh, explains what professions one can expect to appear in the nearest future.
According to Kartashov, the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have become a trigger for changing the mode of working all over the globe: now, education, banking services, selling services, and even communications working mostly online. This, in turn, increased the demand for digital skills among applicants for a job. Moreover, this tendency is barely going to change back. According to the Vice article published in June 2021, employees who had experienced working from home, did not show any desire to go back to office life. And that means, the digitalization process will going more and more intense, and the Internet traffic consumption will increase dramatically.
Therefore, explains Sergey Kartashov, the future labor market will give advantages to those who work with high-tech systems, such as AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and MR (mixed reality). One of the examples of this tendency is metaverse Horizon Worlds by Meta (formerly Facebook) that has already become a “home” for a diplomatic mission of Barbados.
Virtual and augmented reality requires specialists on 3D modelling artists. Their skills will be required by many areas, including school education, archeology, gaming, and behavioral psychotherapy.
“For example, two months ago, Microsoft along with the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Greece, introduced the world a virtual copy of ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. It is possible to walk along the streets of the ancient Greek polis both via a computer and a smartphone – you simply install an application. There is no time machine yet, but VR tools already allow people to plunge into the past,” says Sergey Kartashov.
Another trend among the professions, according to the investor, is digital production, especially in the sphere of creating digital twins. Such twins can be in demand among engineers that need to conduct a risky experiment yet do not want to endanger the craft, be it space engineering, practical medicine, or any kind of high-tech production.
And creating digital twins will require another specialists – big data analysts and digital linguists. To create a digital duplicate of any invention, one must “teach” it consider huge among of parameters and conditions, and also to “teach” it identify errors and adapt algorithms.
“Digital and natural languages have a lot in common. These are sign systems with their own rules. Therefore, a good digital linguist requires the same qualities as a classical one: a good memory, impeccable literacy, systemic thinking, perseverance, and the ability to focus on performing monotonous work,” explains Sergey Kartashov.
Another are that will demand for new specialists soon is “smart systems.” We already have smart homes that use sensors to link dozens of devices in one chain, and the same concept will be inevitable soon applied to smart stations, factories, and urban infrastructure objects.
New professions appear pretty much every day, and they open new horizons and opportunities to both those who are obtaining their first profession and those who want to try something new in their lives. And since the technology becomes an integral part of everything around us, it is worth to consider related careers as well.