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It seems like the world is changing faster than ever before. With the rise of the internet and other technologies, the old ways of doing things are slowly but surely being scrubbed away, and replaced with the new and the modern. This is having a tremendous impact on multiple aspects of the world, and especially employment. There are some jobs and industries that just won’t exist in the next few decades. If you’re looking for a new career or you’re wondering where to invest your money, then you’ll want to take a read below, where we outline some of the industries that are going to be big in the coming years.
AI and Robotics
One of the primary reasons why some 40% of jobs will be lost in the next couple of decades is because the AI and robotics industry will be so strong. There’ll be little use for manual laborers when there’s a machine that can do the job of fifty works, in half the time, and which you don’t have to pay. There’ll be other, less-manolvent uses for AI and robotics, too, including improved search and rescue operations and better community management. One thing is for sure though, it’s an industry that is going to be all powerful in the coming years — there’s a lot of money being poured into it at the moment, and all the investment will bear fruit at some point.
It sounds like something out of science fiction, being able to instantly have whatever you need, without even leaving your house. Yet this is the reality that we’ll be living in sooner rather than later. 3D printing has been around for a while, but it hasn’t quite been perfected just yet — it’s still rather limited. In the future, though, this won’t be the case. Once all the kinks have been ironed out, it’ll be possible to print just about anything, from new clothes to DIY tools and beyond. There’s even the suggestion that by 2030, Christmas dinner won’t be lovingly prepared by hand — it’ll be printed. This industry will shake up perhaps just as much as the robotic industry; who will go to a DIY store to buy a hammer when they can just fire up the printer and have one in an hour?
They say that technology is supposed to make it easier to communicate with one another, but in fact, it’s actually driven us more within ourselves. There’s not much about the selfie culture that is focused on the community; it’s about the individual. We’re going to see this taken into more constructive ways in the coming years, with the rise of wearable tech. In the future, we’ll have devices that actively monitor our health, push us to work out more, eat healthier, and so on. We’ve already seen the beginnings of this movement in things like the Fitbit and Apple Watch. In the future, we’ll see it become more pronounced and better integrated with the individual.
All Things Healthcare
A lot of the industries of the future will be driven by developments in technology. But one of the biggest growing industries will be driven by something else entirely: a major shakeup in the makeup of society. In the coming years, we’re going to experience something that’s never happened before: there will be more elderly people than there are young people. And that means that there’s going to be a greater demand for healthcare services. As such, a person with all the necessary entrepreneurial skills would be well-served by looking at starting a company in the medical field. To give an idea of the extent of the projected growth for the industry, just take a look at the top ten highest in-demand jobs in the next decade. Eight of them are different ways of saying ‘nurse.’
There’s no getting around the fact that one of the biggest changes in the near future is unwelcome, and will have a dramatically negative impact on how many people across the world live. While the governments are dragging their feet at the moment, there will come the point when the signs of climate change become too obvious to ignore. At that point, we’ll likely see a much quicker shift away from reliance on fossil fuels. So what’s going to take the place of coal, oil, and gas, and keep the world ticking along? It’ll be renewable energy sources that keep the lights on. While the technology hasn’t quite been perfected just yet, it is moving in the right direction — and when they do get it right, it’ll be the thing that powers the world…whichever way you look at it, it’s going to be a huge industry.
A New Currency
There’s been a lot of hype and false-starts when it comes to cryptocurrencies, but it’s hanging on in there — and some of the world’s smartest people believe that it’ll fulfill the original prophecy, and the thing that changes the world. BitCoin is, of course, the largest such digital currency, but there are plenty of others too. It should come as no surprise if, ten years down the line, paying with whichever comes out on top is a viable option.
In the Home
We said earlier that tech had changed many areas of life, and it’s true — its reach is far. One such area where it’ll have a dramatic influence will be in the home. The development of the Internet of Things will open up a market that’s been hitherto non-existent. Everything from our refrigerators to our air conditioning and doors will be infused with the internet. Sure, much of it will be gimmicky — but if the rise of personal tech of the past ten years has shown us anything, it’s that people will always be drawn to the gimmicky.
We’re entering a new phase of the world, one that has technology running through its veins. When the great digital revolution marches forward, everything will be open to new developments and industry shifts.