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2020 foresight: New jobs

Futurists at Social Technologies LLC see the following new jobs on the horizon for the year 2020:

  • Realizer: Creates real versions of virtual objects for people, from grog tankards to sports cars.
  • E-scrubber: Works to undo or minimize the indiscretions that people accumulate on the Web.
  • Unrealtor: Creates virtual tourism, adventure and retail destinations.
  • Nano-decontaminator: Cleans up nanomaterials now being spread through the environment.
  • Deceptionist: Provides tech-enabled deception services for those wishing to disguise their activities.
  • Genetic dietician: Creates diets tailored to people’s individual genetic makeup.
  • Geoscaper: Makes corporate and private properties look attractive in Google Earth-style aerial views.
  • Unplugger: Counselor (or mental health professional) who helps wean people from excessive technology use.
  • Eye pilot: Operates small, remotely piloted, camera-equipped aerial vehicles over war zones, disasters and other locations of interest on behalf of news services, nongovernmental organizations and private companies.

But a colleague of mine noted that very few people will want to be known as a “deceptionist.” It’s a hard thing to want to put on your IRS tax return or tell your kids.

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One thought on “2020 foresight: New jobs

  1. Blogger Vinnie Mirchandani is wondering what new IT job titles we’ll see in the next three years. He suggests the following:

    Mashup Services Coordinator
    Enterprise Virtualizer
    iPhone Coordinator
    Utility Computing/Shared Services Manager
    Facebook Coordinator
    Sensor Portfolio Director
    Wiki Master
    Workday Systems Liaison
    Global Sourcing Coordinator
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    http://dealarchitect.typepad.com/deal_architect/2007/08/it-job-titles-i.html
    http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/node/6150

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