It’s hard to know what the future holds. After all, just a decade ago none of us had smartphones, and only a few years ago if we wanted to transfer money from our bank account to someone else’s, we had to visit an actual bank.
Times are a-changing though, and so is the face of the jobs market. While it’s difficult to predict the careers of tomorrow, here are a few that people might one day be applying for based on current trends.
1)YouTube personality agent
Making a name for yourself in showbiz used to mean a gruelling slog to the top that began with playing grotty gigs in bars or working as an extra in crowd scenes – and rarely getting on camera. Things became marginally easier with the advent of reality TV, but you still needed a healthy portion of luck on your side to get noticed.
Today all that has changed. Providing you have access to a camera, you can make a film of yourself, upload it to YouTube and potentially attract viewers from around the world in seconds. You don’t even need a talent. For example, Emma Clark is just a normal girl who likes Twilight, but under her YouTube handle NuttyMadam3575 she’s had millions of views for her videoed reactions to trailers for the film franchise.
Based on the number of people making a name for themselves on YouTube, we don’t think it will be too long before there are agents specialising in these ‘celebrities’.
2)Pilot show test audience
Before a new TV show ever makes it to your screen, it has to get through the pilot stage. Every year, dozens of pilots are made and, according to Variety, only about a quarter of these (in the US) are picked up to become a series and actually air. That’s a lot of great ideas – or busted pilots - left by the wayside.
And yet we’re living in a time when TV shows have never been more highly acclaimed. In fact, the success of programmes like Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Game of Thrones means that the quality of television today is competing with – and often exceeding - that of cinema.
As well as the quality improving, so has the accessibility. Shows like House of Cards are available exclusively through Netflix. Wouldn’t it be great if all those pilot episodes were made available to stream too? If people had the ability to vote for their favourites from their own homes it might spur on a new revolution in TV – and you would have a job you could do from your sofa!
3)Hologram concert promoter
It started off with virtual reality versions of K-pop artists being projected on to the stage, and then at the Coachella music festival in 2012 a hologram of Tupac performed to the crowd – despite the rapper having been killed 15 years before. Then, just this year, a hologram of Michael Jackson danced and sang at the Billboard Music Awards.
Think about it – no longer do the restrictions of geography or even life have to stand in the way of you seeing your favourite artist play. You might have been born long after The Beatles split up or Elvis died, but as long as the technology behind these performances keeps progressing, there’s a chance you could see them perform live(ish). And of course, these concerts will need promoters.
4)Space travel agent
It’s just over half a century since man first walked on the moon, and yet every day we are a step closer to recreational space travel. In fact, Virgin Galactic is taking bookings as we speak – although it will set you back $250,000.
While the Virgin space aircraft has yet to start ferrying passengers to the outer reaches of our atmosphere, it’s safe to predict that this could become a popular experience in the decades to come. And if Virgin can do it, so can other private companies. To make sure you get the best deal, don’t be surprised if one day you’re sitting down with a space travel agent to book your perfect trip to the stars – or even using a space price comparison website to make a saving.
5) Pet cloner
It’s a well-known fact that us Brits love our pets. For many, losing one is like losing a member of the family and we may miss our furry companions every day that they’re gone.
Perhaps the answer to this heartbreak is cloning your pet – and it’s something that’s already being done. Earlier this year it was announced that Britain’s first cloned puppy had been born. Mini Winnie was cloned from a dachshund called Winnie, whose owner won a competition run by Sooam Biotech in South Korea.
While there’s already a thriving (and creepy) trade for pet taxidermy, could this be the ultimate way of keeping your favourite pet forever by your side? If it is then there will certainly be jobs for pet cloners in the future.
What do you think will be popular careers in the future?