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CT&D #70. Forecasting the Future: Jobs in IT and Design

In the future, what kinds of jobs might be available to creatives in the fields encompassing information technology and design?

What kinds of jobs may no longer exist in the coming years?

Jobs that I think will be abundant in the creative design and information technology fields will be undoubtedly in the Internet (social media, video-sharing websites) and manufacturing/science (artificial intelligence – AI, app/software development) sectors.

Regarding the former, I feel that the Internet is very much so in our disposal that anyone will be able to build a career around improving, maintaining and even creating new ideas that provide/strengthen the amount of communication and intelligence that we have online. The importance of this sector will only continue to grow as we head toward goals such as Google’s and Wikipedia’s cataloging all the world’s information in one convenient source (and what ways we can easily access them without resorting to lengthy browsing; perhaps voice commands are next?)

Looking at manufacturing and science, the strides that has been already accomplished in developing artificial organs to 3D printing is only in its infancy. In other words, what we have in those two things now is limited, but with more qualified people working in improving their designs and iterations, we will one day see a body part that operates without a body or printed food!

Moving on, the jobs that I see that already are in decline and will one day no longer exist? Assembly lines (in manufacturing and maybe even in packaging/ shipping warehouses as drones are on the rise), producers of standalone technology that doesn’t dual as something else today (watches, timers, calculators, cameras, etc. thanks to smartphones) or isn’t quite flexible to transformation (bulky laptops, desktop computers to just hybrid tablet/laptop devices). Jobs also dealing with physical labor or even physical anything will go away as soon as we reach full singularity where robots or androids do the work for ourselves. Self-driving cars are not quite in the same category but it is a sneak peak at what’s to come.

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