Looking for a job with a future? You’re in luck (DeLorean on standby)…
With technology advancing, the jobs we do are changing too.
And while augmented reality architects and smart city urban planners may not be the most common job titles in today’s world, roles that utilise smart technology and improve sustainability are definitely on the forefront when it comes to what we expect of the near future.
To give you a glimpse of what’s already out there, here are five futuristic jobs that actually exist right now:
3D-Printed Clothing Designer
Looking for a job where you can (literally) stand out? 3D-printed clothing design could be for you…
As 3D printing technology becomes more and more advanced, 3D-printed clothing designers are emerging as increasingly in demand within the fashion industry. And, let’s face it, who says clothes can’t be computer generated?
Not only is 3D printing being used on designs featured on runway shows across Milan and New York, it’s also revolutionising the manufacturing process in other ways, in the form of 3D printed jewellery, accessories, and bathing suits.
All you need is a few layers of material, a solid design to follow, and a computer that knows what it’s doing. Simple.
Perfect for: People who like making things.
Avoid if: You struggle to use the office printer on your own.
Augmented Reality Architect
Augmented reality: like reality, but better.
Augmented reality works by providing a copied view of reality, which can then be altered and changed using computer-generated sensory input – and it’s becoming something many industries are interested in exploring.
From film and video games, to architecture and therapy, this technology allows designers to create new, immersive experiences that will transform the way we build, see, and do things.
And whether it’s through using augmented reality to place a 3D model of architectural plans onto an existing space, or combining real-life images with computer generated graphics to produce a video game, Augmented Reality Architects play a big part in the creation of new products and structures.
Perfect for: People with good imaginations.
Avoid if: You still haven’t quite got over The Matrix.
Big Data Architect
Want to level-up your analysis skills? It’s all about the big data…
Whether they’re finding out what a large amount of data means, or creating blueprints from scratch, a Big Data Architect’s work involves a high level of strategic thinking combined with an advanced knowledge of database structures.
And, with big businesses growing, the need for big data architects in today’s job world is increasing too.
After all, without them, businesses wouldn’t be sure what their data means for their company and its future.
Perfect for: People who can always see the bottom line.
Avoid if: You’ve got an irrational fear of big numbers.
Certified UAV Pilot
Unmanned automatic vehicles (UAVs), or drones, could range from full-sized planes to something small enough to fit in your hand. They’re controlled remotely, and are used in situations where a human pilot may be in danger or find it difficult to get around.
With industries like the military, consumer goods, and the arts presenting a need for drones, the chances for you to become a certified pilot could be becoming increasingly likely.
So, if your flying skills are already on an expert level (and you’ve outgrown the remote control toys), it’s probably only a matter of time before you’re using specialist drones to deliver groceries, take photos, or research hard-to-reach places.
Perfect for: People who like to be in control.
Avoid if: You still haven’t recovered from your remote control helicopter crash of ’98.
Smart City Urban Planner
Want to build a better future? Whether you’re inspired by the various eco-friendly messages surrounding you*, or you’re just a fan of good architecture, smart city planning can be an appealing path to follow…
Urban planning has many purposes – to maintain a good traffic flow, improve sustainability, utilise space, and to prepare for the new kinds of traffic the not-so-distant future will bring to the roads (cue: flying cars).
In a nutshell, this future-focused role is all about using smart technologies to create a better functioning (and more environmentally friendly) city – that’ll last as long as possible, no matter what the future holds.
NB: skills in Sim City will only get you so far…
Perfect for: People who are always finding better ways to do things.
Avoid if: You never separate metals and plastics.