9 Futuristic Jobs We Could See By 2030

Tele-surgeon, anyone?

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By Jacquelyn Smith

With technology moving faster than ever, it's hard to imagine what careers will look like 20 years from now. But the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CST), a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping Canadian families save for their children's post-secondary education, wanted to find out.

With help from foresight strategists, CST took a look into the future to find the jobs that may be commonplace by the year 2030.

They examined macro and micro trends that "appear to be shaping the future," explains Martha Turner, a vice president at CST. "These trends include aging and demographic changes, climate and energy changes, immigration and globalization, digital technology, scientific and technological advances, personalization resulting from leveraging big data, security, and stability."

CST also partnered with over 40 different thought leaders across a wide variety of industries to better understand the future of their respective fields.

"While these jobs are speculative in nature, there's a strong likelihood that many of them will emerge," Turner says. "There are many technological advances that have already been made and are simply 'waiting in the wings' for commercial development. Although it all sounds very sci-fi in 2014, it's based on developments that are currently taking place. What we're projecting is not so much the emergence of new technologies that don't exist yet, but the refinement and deployment of those that are currently being developed."

Here are nine jobs that will likely be available in 2030, according to CST:

1. Tele-surgeon: These surgeons operate on people remotely with robotic tools instead of human hands.

> Find a medicine job

2. Nostalgist: Nostalgists are interior designers specializing in recreating memories for retired people. The elderly of 2030 who don't want to reside in a typical "retirement village" will have the luxury of living in a space inspired by their favorite decade or place.

> Find a design job

3. Re-wilder: These professionals were formally called "farmers." The role of the rewilder, however, is not to raise food crops, but rather to undo environmental damage to the countryside caused by people, factories, cars, etc.

> Find an agriculture job

4. Simplicity expert: The simplicity experts of 2030 are interested in looking at how businesses can simplify and streamline their operations. For instance, they can reduce 15 administrative steps to three, or four interviews to one, or three days of work to a half hour.

> Find a business solutions job

5. Garbage designer: Garbage designers find creative ways to turn the by-products of the manufacturing process into high-quality materials for making another entirely separate product.

> Find a manufacturing job

6. Robot counselor: In 2030, robots will play a greater part in providing home care and services than they do today. The robot counselor will be a resource for picking the right bot for a family, by observing how the family interacts and identifying their needs and lifestyle.

> Find a robotics job

7. Healthcare navigator: These professionals teach patients and their loved ones about the ins and outs of a complicated medical system. The navigator also helps people to manage their contact with the medical system with the least amount of stress and delay.

> Find a healthcare job

8. Solar technology specialist: These specialists may own land where they manage a large spread of solar grids, to sell the harvested power to stations and other communities - or they may work as consultants in cities and other urban spaces, helping building owners to design, build, and maintain solar panels.

> Find a solar energy job

9. Aquaponic fish farmer: In 2030, populations of wild fish are disappearing - so new production methods like aquaponics will step in to replace fish that we can no longer catch in the wild. Aquaponics combines fish farming with gardening, where plants grow over water to cover its surface, while fish live below. The plants return oxygen to the water, and the fish produce waste that provides fertilizer for the plants.

> Find an aquaponics job

"Students today are under a lot of pressure to streamline their career path at an early age," Turner says. "Many are expected to determine their field of expertise in high school, and this often leads to unnecessary anxiety and stress." This research, she says, is all about encouraging students to explore different areas of study that they may not have even imagined. "By highlighting the skills and education required to pursue these jobs, we hope to give students the tools they need to build their own unique education and career paths."

It's also important for students and parents to start thinking about jobs that might exist in 15 or 20 years for financial reasons, she adds. "This research has indicated that it's increasingly critical to have a post-secondary education, which also means that you should start saving for your education as early as possible."

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I think the driver of the Grain Truck in America or around the Grain warehouse is going to be a good opportunity for the way our economy is heading. And of course those who will dig the mass graves to get rid of the stinking corpses, I mean the 1 percent can't have that stench while on their way to party. Sure will be a decent few bags of grain for a lot to earn in the experimental fields so the 1 percent can live a long and healthy life. And the Euthanizing field, that should be real popular in the 2030's.

May 16 2014 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to savannahswithgod's comment

The labor market is continuing to change. It is. increasingly, requiring skilled workers and high tech knowledge. In other words, a more educated and skilled population will be in demand. Instead of moaning about the "takers", and spouting dumb theories, learn new skills and encourage your children to seek education. You will have a more prosperous life. Instead of being against science and technical learning, embrace education and logical thinking.

May 16 2014 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There will only be one person employed by then and all his money will be taxed to support all the freeloaders

May 14 2014 at 1:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Too bad all these cool jobs will be in china since we'll all be in poverty by then

May 07 2014 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to pineconeposter4's comment

I won't be taking no trip into poverty but I will greet you as you arrive. Here's your cardboard box. Now keep it nice and clean, don't let the writing wear off or you will lower the property values here. And I will save you a empty Maxwell house plastic jug to get your weekly quota of grain from when they dump it in the street. The American dream, the double wide refrigderator box and 2 plastic jugs of grain a week. Thanks Wall Street, you built us on greed and you destroy us on greed.

May 16 2014 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's cute that you put jobs and future in the same sentence. I saw something about Canada and robots then stopped reading. Thanks for the joke though!

May 07 2014 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tris's comment

Hey you could work on the robot that fixes the other robots, that is if he doesn't kill you for wanting his job? Let's see, you versus the Robocop? Vegas I got a sure bet!

May 16 2014 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Guess we will have to wait till 2030 to get jobs since our "DO NOTHING" president is too busy running up expensive vacations in Air Force One and holding celebrity, white house fund raiser dinners while the rest of the country struggles to look for a job and pay his way. 2016 cannot get here soon enough for the American people.

May 07 2014 at 3:00 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to larry's comment

WE could make some great changes in 2014 !!! WHY WAIT until 2016 ??? Let's get'r done !!!!!

May 14 2014 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rcpaf83's comment

We can't mobilize a Army that fast to take over and save the Country? Maybe 2024! 'Kreigs Mobil'

May 16 2014 at 5:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down

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