30 jobs with weird, futuristic sounding titles
Will your job still exist 15 or 20 years from now? And, if it does exist, what will it look like? Will it be the same or will it have changed dramatically thanks to technological and social shifts?
Chances are pretty good that, no matter what you do, it will be a significantly different job in 2030.
Quality of life services company Sodexo has just released a report titled 2014 Workplace Trends, and it features a section called “30 Jobs for 2030,” which we found quite interesting for several of the job titles.
What, for example, is a “transhumanist consultant?” “Mediawix describes it as “counselors to help integrate that which remains of human emotion and what we call consciousness to-day. These consultants might work with therapeutic nanologists (like psycho-neurologists of today) in virtual clinics.”
Yeah, I don’t understand that either. Let’s look up “transhumanism.” Wikipedia, says it’s “an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.”
That’s actually comprehensible. So, a transhumanist consultant would be a person you consult about such things.
I’m not sure Sodexo understands these titles themselves. They only explain a few, and the rest are up to us to figure out. Where did the list come from? These are “samples of emerging job titles identified by over a dozen leading futurists.”
Some make perfect sense, like the “talent aggregator,” who will “maintain databases on thousands of independent ‘free agents,’ assembling (often on short notice) the talent needed for any given project.” And the “chef-farmer or agri-restauranteur,” occupations that will grow out of the lean towards local, seasonal and organic food. Here, “Chefs and farmers will work together on seed development, enhanced produce growth, and products, based on customer demand created largely by the creativity of the chef’s menu.”
Meanwhile, an “avatar relationship manager,” sounds like some sort of virtual world mediator. And an “autonomous vehicle operator,” sounds a little unnecessary (unless you read it as “one who operates a vehicle autonomously,” which then reads as unnecessarily laudatory and unlikely to become a job title).
Maad.com, however, explains that “Even the most autonomous systems…will require the intervention of a human operator, to some degree.”
What of the “future guide” and the “plant psychologist?” It’s anyone’s guess, really.
Interestingly, “wiki writer” makes the list. Since developing wikis is already a job, this might mean one forsees a future in which writing wiki entries would be a paid position – which sort of defeats the purpose of the wiki, no? But don’t listen to me. Do I look like a futurist? (I’m aware that you likely have no idea what I look like.)
Then there are those that already exist, like “Healer,” which essentially refers to anyone who claims to be able to heal you but who doesn’t have a medical degree.
Curious about the 30 jobs on Sodexo’s list? Read on.
30 Jobs for 2030
- Augmented reality architect
- Autonomous vehicle operator
- Avatar relationship manager
- Cgef-farmer (agri-restauranteur)
- Chief experience officer
- Digital identity planner
- Digital archeologist
- Energy harvester
- Environmental health nurse
- Financial technologist
- Future guide
- Global sourcing manager
- Global systems architect
- Grassroots researcher
- Green career coach
- Office concierge
- Online community organizer
- Organizational quartermaster
- Personal brand manager
- Personal care coordinator
- Plant psychologist
- Post-normal jobs counselor
- Residence technician
- Seed capitalist
- Smart road designer/engineer
- Talent aggregator
- Terabyter (lifelogger)
- Transhumanist consultant
- Wiki writer