There has been a lot of talk on technology, on smart robots for instance, that will take over our jobs. The classic example is the Japanese sushi chain Kura, where efficiency is paramount. Absent are the traditional chefs with their meticulous attention to detail. Their place has been taken by robots. Also absent are the waiters who have been replaced by conveyor belts. From three control centers external managers oversee the 262-Kura restaurants and act from a distance if something goes wrong.
Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee have been arguing for the last year and a half that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish employment growth of the last 10 to 15 years. This concept has been dubt technological unemployment.
But how about new jobs created by technology? The presentation below will show you a snapshot of 20 careers that will likely come of age in the next 10 years. Some of these jobs exist now, but will come into greater demand soon. Others do not exist yet but are gaining on emerging needs.