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Professions of tomorrow. What students will learn in a couple of years

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According to the research conducted by the Brookings Institute, nearly 25% of jobs are going to be automated in the US in the near future. Scientists state that repetitive and boring jobs are especially at ‘high-risk’ of automation since most of their tasks could be done by machines.

The constant innovation being made in technology transforms the world workforce, so new jobs are arising on the market. Although some of them seem quite odd, they are still gaining popularity.

Let’s consider them in more detail below!

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Data Detective

Today, Internet users leave vast amounts of data on the web. All the information we store online is going to be processed by data detectives whose main responsibilities are to find answers to various business questions and make recommendations for improvements based on data-driven insights. They can do it by uncovering new sources of data, examining as well as comparing and analyzing data sets from multiple sources. The ultimate goal of these professionals is to help companies sell their products.

Ethical Sourcing Officer

Most modern corporations prefer to make decisions based on what is ethical rather than profitable. Therefore, they often need guidance to maintain the ethical footprint of a company. This can be ensured by an ethical sourcing officer or an ESO that checks whether indirect expenditures align with the values of the shareholders. To reach this goal, the ESO conducts research and then gathers, examines and provides managers with all the necessary information.

AI-Assisted Healthcare Technician

AI technology has a huge impact on the economy, being incorporated into a number of different industries, and healthcare is no exception. Hence, the demand for AI-assisted healthcare technicians is growing. This role is pretty much similar to nursing so it requires the same skills but with added tech knowledge. This professional needs to deliver healthcare services remotely, using special equipment.

Cyber City Analyst

Currently, the number of smart cities keep growing thanks to rapid urbanization. This results in the increasing need for cyber city analysts. Their main goal is to maintain the tech up and running. This can be achieved by collecting and analyzing data from the millions of sensors across a city. Generally, a cyber city analyst works to improve the quality of life of citizens.

Genomic Portfolio Director

Nowadays, people actively discuss the use of a gene-editing tool called Crisper and the marvel’s of gene-editing. It is believed that it has a great potential to facilitate life science research, enhance biotechnology, and treat different diseases, like the dangerous COVID-19 virus. Hence, the role of a genomic portfolio director will be much needed in the future. This expert will work on strategy planning to market new pharmaceutical products.

How universities keep up with the new workforce demands

As mentioned above, automation is radically changing the way we work. Hence, how we learn must keep pace with the latest technologies as well.

In general, modern students need more personalized and technology-enhanced learning. This can help them keep up with the market demand for highly educated workers. Luckily, universities are doing their best to provide students with AI-based learning tools. When I was a student, I was wondering if some software or Writix can write my personal statement for me, so I checked all the AI-tools available on the web to learn how they improve educational outcomes. Interestingly, the CMU has recently released the OpenSimon Toolkit that makes technology-based learning techniques and software freely accessible. It’s suggested that this initiative can democratise learning and help schools create a global community of learning engineers.

However, institutions are trying to focus not just on digital competencies but on so-called human skills too. Alongside the need to train young people in emerging digital competencies, there is a demand for specialists who know how to approach problems from different perspectives, cultivate creativity, engage in communication and use critical thinking. All these skills cannot be automated,so they must be taught at schools. ‘Human’ competencies remain foundational in any field, no matter how the world changes.

Apart from introducing new programs that prepare specialists for the future of the workforce market, universities are changing their approach to educational structure. For instance, Carnegie Mellon University is doing it’s best to make disciplinary boundaries more porous. Therefore, the institution has launched programs at the edges and intersections of traditional science fields. Just imagine, the school offers to study behavioral economics and computational biology to prepare students for working across boundaries.

Today, educators realize the importance of  combining both breadth and depth in higher education, so they promote a so-called T-shape teaching and learning philosophy. Its value shouldn’t be overlooked as it ensures deep disciplinary expertise and cross-cutting knowledge that are vital in today’s world.


Paul Calderon is a study coach and career expert. Paul helps students get the best possible outcomes out of their studies and learn more efficiently. He also guides young people on their way to a successful career. 


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