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Perspectives

There Will Be Jobs in the Future of Work

2018-11-01


Last year, we proposed 21 jobs that will emerge as work changes dramatically in the next 10 years. This year, we identified 21 more. We invite you to ponder this new set of jobs to get a sense of what the future of work will look like.

Just a year ago, we published our report “21 Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting and Staying Employed in the Next 10 Years.” It clearly hit a nerve: Articles and interviews ran in media across the world, and the report was the talk of many important towns during the year, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Atlantic Festival in Washington D.C., the Aspen Action Forum in Colorado, and the Bilderberg Meeting in Turin, Italy. In a landscape dominated by coverage of an AI/robotics-driven jobs apocalypse, our countervailing point of view, based on deep analysis rather than simply wishful thinking, provided some balance to the ongoing debate of “whither jobs?"

We’ve been excited to see that many of the jobs we postulated in last year’s report have actually started to become reality before our very eyes, including our Financial Wellness Coach (appearing as Metlife’s PlanSmart Financial Wellness), our Man Machine Teaming Manager (cropping up as a Robot Manager at Cobalt Robotics) and our Memory Curator and Augmented Reality Journey Builder jobs (brought to life at Facebook).

That’s why, just one year later, we’ve come up with 21 more jobs that we believe will emerge in the next decade. As we did last year, we identified three themes for this year’s jobs that underscore our belief that no matter how technological our age becomes, we, as humans, want the human touch. The jobs we propose all serve the very human desire for:

  • Ethical behaviors: We want machines — and humankind — to act well and behave themselves.

  • Security and safety: We want to feel safe in this brave (and scary) new world we’re creating.

  • Dreams: We want to continue believing in the positive power of technological-driven prog­ress.

In other words, all of the jobs we list require important work that humans will continue to need to do.

21 More Jobs of the Future

Unveiling Your Future

Our interactive graphic illustrates 21 jobs we believe will emerge between now and 2029, see Figure 1. As we did last year, we’ve positioned them over a 10-year timeline and according to their “tech-centricity.” Some are highly technical, while others won’t require much tech knowledge at all.

Figure 1

One’s End Is Another’s Beginning

In sum, we’ve now presented 42 jobs of the future, see Figure 2. In conjunction with this year’s report, we’ve also created the Cognizant Jobs of the Future (CJoF) Index that on a quarterly basis will quantify the scale and velocity of emerging new types of work. More details about the CJoF Index can be found at https://cogniz.at/jobsindex.

Figure 2

The fear, uncertainty and doubt (and disgust) that is abroad at the moment is the product of a world changing at an unprecedented speed. This is natural, this is understandable, but most importantly — particularly if you’re a senior leader — this is a mistake. The world has always changed, and always will continue to change. The jobs we do have always changed, and always will continue to change.

We said last year that “you never know, one day, you might be doing one of them” — and for some people that has turned out to be true. Our jobs of the future may be against the natural order of things, but they are the future. Engage …

For the entire report and a full description of all 21 jobs, see 21 More Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting — and Staying — Employed through 2019,” or learn more at our “21 More Jobs of the Future: Humans Needed!” webinar.” Visit us at Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work.

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