According to a report released by Cognizant, the global professional services company, humans have never been more integral to the future of work.


The second part of the “Jobs of the Future” report that surveys career paths has predicted some new jobs that will potentially emerge alongside new technologies.


So do we need to worry about robots taking over jobs after all?


“Some of the jobs will be highly technical, while others will be more low-tech. Some are already observable in the marketplace (if you squint), while some are years away from coming to fruition,” said analysts from Cognizant.

“Some will propel a career for 60 years, while others will be ‘gigs’ that come and go,” they said.

No matter the changes, however, the analysts believe “human imagination and ingenuity will be the source of human work ad infinitum,” jobs of the future.


This year, Cognizant proposed 21 jobs of the future:


Low to mid-tech within 5 years
  • Data Trash Engineer
  • Juvenile Cybercrime Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Joy Adjutant
  • Head of Business Behaviour
  • Uni4Life Coordinator
  • E-sports Arena Builder
  • Tidewater Architect
  • Virtual Reality Arcade Manager
  • Vertical Farm Consultant
Low to mid-tech within 10 years
  • Subscription Management Specialist
  • Chief Purpose Planner
Mid to high-tech within 5 years
  • Cyber Attack Agent
  • Voice UX Designer
  • Smart Home Design Manager
  • Algorithm Bias Auditor
  • Cyber Calamity Forecaster
  • Virtual Identity Defender
  • Head of Machine Personality Design
Mid to high-tech within 10 years
  • Machine Risk Officer
  • Flying Car Developer
  • Haptic Interface Designer

“Who isn’t under pressure to outrun the machine? Only the most myopic or insulated (through success or failure) can see that what got them ‘here’ won’t get them ‘there,’” the analysts said.

“Everybody has to figure out what to do ‘when machines do everything.’ Some will stay and fight; some will run,” they said. “Some will tell the machines what to do; some will be happy to take orders.

(updated 2021)

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