The 15 Best Jobs Of The Future

Jobs may be scarce today, but if current trends hold, pretty soon there will be plenty of fun, lucrative gigs. If you have the vision to start prepping now, you could be flying starships, reading minds, or manning a fusion reactor. The jobs are coming. 

Want a job that pays well and will have plenty of openings in the next decade? Consider one of these occupations.

SPACE PILOT

Job: Fly shuttles to space.

Hiring: 2020

Trend: Virgin Galactic plans to launch the first commercial suborbital spaceflights by 2012 for about $200,000 a seat. With competition from other companies, that price could soon drop low enough for daily shuttle service to outer space, the moon and asteroids for tourism, mining and science. Commercial pilots will regain the mystique they had in the ’60s as thousands of them strap in for the stars.

Education: Aviation school or the Air Force. Also check out NASA’s underwater space-simulator laboratory.

ANIMAL-MIGRATION ENGINEER

Job: Create new habitats for critters.

Hiring: 2030

Trend: Many habitats are now being destroyed faster than a species can evolve. But moving creatures to new homes could save them. After figuring out which species to put where (quite the task), an a€œassisted migrationa€ effort requires more care than just piling two of everything into an ark. For example, conservationists who currently relocate butterflies identify suitable sites with aerial photos and trim local plants to the insects’ exacting standards.

Education: Intern with a group like Operation Migration, which leads cranes to new watering holes.

Construction Managers

78,200 predicted job openings by 2022

$82,790 median annual wage in 2012

Job description: Organise, plan, and supervise construction projects.

Typical Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

Why they’re thriving: Managers of all kinds tend to have higher wages than those they supervise, and the BLS notes that managers make the highest median salary of any of the large occupational groups it studies. The construction sector was hit especially hard in the Great Recession. However, the BLS projects that over the next decade, construction employment will finally begin to return to pre-recession levels, allowing for impressive growth in the coming years.  

FETUS HEALER

Job: Cure health problems before birth.

Hiring: 2020

Trend: Operating on a fetus was once unimaginable. Now docs fix twins’ abnormal placentas, surgery to correct spina bifida is in clinical trials, and scientists are testing stem-cell and gene therapies in pregnant mice. “We’re trying to cure disease before the baby is born, before it damages the fetus,” says Lori Howell, the executive director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s fetal-medicine program. Pediatric DNA banks may someday help cure cancer, autism and diabetes in the womb.

Education: Head to an emerging fetal-treatment center such as the Children’s Hospitals of Philadelphia or Boston.

 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing

132,000 predicted job openings by 2022

$54,230 median annual wage in 2012

What They Do: Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals.

Typical Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

Why They’re Thriving: Salespeople are needed in almost every industry. Any company that makes or sells something will need sales representatives, meaning this already large occupation will continue to grow. 

FORECASTER OF EVERYTHING

Job: Analyze data to predict the future.

Hiring: 2015

Trend: The U.S. Bureau of Labor estimates that demand for statistics wonks will swell by 20 percent by 2018. As the barrage of data growsa€”tweets, insulin-meter uploads, facial-recognition billboardsa€”we’ll need skilled people to choose what data to pull and how to make it useful. As businesses become more dependent on these analyses, the raw data itself will become a key commodity, creating its own industry. Expect openings for data brokers trading exclusive rights to data portfolios. (If you want to exchange PayPal and Bitcoin currency I highly recommend this website : Click Here)

Education: Study computer science or stats, then enroll in a prediction-proficiency program such as DePaul University’s.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

204,600 predicted job openings by 2022

$35,170 median annual wage in 2012

What They Do: Obtain and use numerical data to complete financial records and maintain accounting records.

Typical Educational Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

Why They’re Thriving: As with sales representatives, most organisations need people keeping track of the money coming in and going out, resulting in a steady demand for good bookkeepers.

ORGAN DESIGNER

Job: Make organs from scratch.

Hiring: 2020

Trend: Every 90 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies waiting for a transplant. With the senior population doubling by 2050, expect more internal plumbing problems. Medical company Tengion’s simple a€œneo-organs,such as bladders, arrive as soon as next year. But we’ll still need to figure out how to fashion trickier organs like lungs, kidneys and hearts, all made using the patient’s own cells to reduce rejection.If you’re adding a new fender, says Tim Bertram, a senior vice president at Tengion,it has to be the right make and model.a

Education: A bioengineering program, such as Wake Forest’s, which is working to grow more than 22 different organs and tissues in the lab

 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

192,600 predicted job openings by 2022

$38,200 median annual wage in 2012

What They Do: Drive the vehicles that carry pretty much everything we consume.

Typical Educational Requirements: Post-secondary non-degree

Why They’re Thriving: As the economy continues to recover from the recession, there will simply be a lot more stuff to move around. That means there will also be an increased need for people to move that stuff.

 First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

128,300 predicted job openings by 2022

$59,700 median annual wage in 2012

What They Do: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Typical Educational Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

Why They’re Thriving: As the construction sector begins to fully recover from the recession, job openings in these occupations are expected to increase.

HUMAN/ROBOT INTERACTION SPECIALIST

Job: Help robots and people get along.

Hiring: 2030

Trend: Robot nurses won’t help Grandpa much if they don’t understand his sarcasm. We’ll need savvy workers making—and remaking—’bots to ensure that they operate seamlessly in our world. And we’ll require help coping in theirs. As droids lure people away from real human contact, expect a demand for specialized therapists to boost people’s social and robotic-al skills.

Education: Schools strong in artificial intelligence, such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University

WORLD WATCHER

Job: See it all with satellites.

Hiring: 2030

Trend: Multispectral satellites can already spot buried ancient cities and track how temperature, population and ground cover help spread disease. As imaging improves, more reverse-astronomers will look down at our own planet with something like a super-powered, time-lapse Google Earth.

Education: Archaeology or geophysics, then grad work in Earth imaging, such as at the University of Wisconsin

GALACTIC ARCHITECT

Job: Build cosmic outposts.

Hiring: 2025

Trend: President Obama says that astronauts will reach an asteroid by 2025. Soon we’ll be mining precious metals and making rest-stops to Mars, projects that require buildings and vehicles that can withstand everything from subzero temperatures to extreme radiation. Learning to keep people alive in materials-starved space could help Earth-dwellers, too. Extreme environments provide lessons for everywhere, says Larry Bell, a space architect at the University of Houston. How do you do more with less? What is recyclable?

Education: A master’s in space architecture, currently available only at the University of Houston

FUSION WORKER

Job: Manage fusion reactors.

Hiring: 2025

Trend: When ITER starts up in France in 2019, it will be the first thermonuclear reactor with a chance of fusing nuclei together to yield net power. If it works (and that’s a big “if”), about five fusion plants could generate enough gigawatts to power New York City at its peak usage. Fusion jobs will boom, much like nuclear-power ones did in the early ’70s. Jobs—“diagnostic physicist,” “magnet auxiliary officer”—will, er, radiate.

Education: Check out the U.S. Burning Plasma ITER Summer School.

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

171,500 predicted job openings by 2022

$49,330 median annual wage in 2012

What They Do: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.

Typical Educational Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

Why They’re Thriving: As companies launch and grow, they will need clerical workers, as well as supervisors that manage them.

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