12 Jobs that Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

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Over the years technology introduces new jobs, and this encourages professionals and businesses to develop further. These jobs are only 10 years old!

Technological advances change everything, including the job market. Research shows that sectors that are related to technology and the green economy are more likely to see the emergence of new jobs that can create positions for the younger workforce. These jobs didn't exist ten years ago, which is rather encouraging for people who are just starting out and want to get into tech-driven industries.

1. Social media manager

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Ten years ago most people didn’t even know what social media was, and now it has become a major part of our lives. After Facebook was launched in 2004, everything changed and social media platforms started growing like mushrooms. Today Twitter, Instagram and Facebook offer great opportunities to businesses because they can help increase brand awareness and attract potential customers. With social media, businesses have built a bridge of communication with their audience and are engaging them more effectively through targeted marketing. Big companies such as Amazon and Microsoft as well as small companies hire social media managers and recently more than 6,778 new jobs have been posted on Indeed.

2. Cloud computing specialist

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This new way of storing and sharing data is called cloud computing, and it seems to be one of the biggest tech revolutions in the past decade. The term ‘cloud computing’ was first used at a search engine conference, when Eric Schmidt described Google’s approach to software. Now lots of high-profile companies are looking to hire database managers, engineers and strategists who know how to manage and make the most of the data collected.

3. Mobile app developer

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Considering that nearly half of the world’s adults have smartphones, the demand for mobile apps has increased heavily over the past few years. Since 2007, when the iPhone was introduced, and the introduction of Android in 2008, more than 1.5 million of apps have been developed and put up on the App Store and Google Play store. As a result, in 2015, the marketplace of these two major operating systems created countless of job opportunities for programmers and developers interested in mobile app creation.

4. Uber driver

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Uber, an American multinational online transportation network company that was founded in 2009 and is currently worth at $62 billion, has created thousands of job opportunities for people worldwide. While its headquarters are in California, people from more than 506 other cities around the world can become Uber drivers. In fact, in 2015 the ride-hailing company had 327,000 active drivers on the road which is double the number of drivers it had in 2014 (160,000). Anybody can drive for Uber, provided they meet the minimum requirements, and it can be a great way to make a living – or make some extra cash on the side of a full-time job.

5. YouTube content creator

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What happens when you bring video and content creation together? YouTube and other video-sharing platforms first started the trend of video blogging otherwise known as ‘vlogging’ by allowing users to create their own content online. Now vlogging has become an exciting career for many people who want to become video celebrities. You can earn lots of money as a YouTube star through advertising or sponsorship deals. Channels like YouTube and Vimeo can also be great marketing tools since they get lots of traffic and attract millions of visitors every day.

6. Millennial generational expert

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A lot has been said – and written about millennials, but ten years ago you wouldn’t expect that this generation would have become the centre of many researchers’ attention. Millennials are quite important today because they constitute the largest part of the workforce and what sets them apart from Baby Boomers and Gen Z is their workplace attitude, their needs and impressive tech skills. But, it seems that there is more to it than that, and this is why there is a need for more ‘millennial experts’. These people can help businesses understand the values and the expectations of the millennial employees so they can engage with them more effectively.

7. Sustainability manager

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Over the past few years, there has been a lot of interest in green professions and sustainability has become important for many companies. Even organisations that aren’t working in ‘green’ sectors are becoming more environmentally-friendly, and they hire people who have obtained an environmental science degree or anything related to that, to help them make use of their resources better. Millennials seem to be a good fit for companies who are concerned with sustainability because they have grown up hearing how important recycling and waste reduction is for the planet.

8. Drone operator

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Ten years ago, you wouldn’t know what a drone is (except perhaps for the ones the military uses), but now these devices are excessively used for a number of purposes. As drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles continue to be produced, there are going to be thousands of jobs available for drone operators. A report published by AUVSI, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, shows that in the first three years of integration more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. In 2025, the number is expected to increase, and more than 100,000 jobs will be created.

9. Admissions consultant

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Parents want to make sure that their children will get the best education possible and they often turn to admissions consultants for advice. These people can help them choose the right pre-school for their kids and offer their guidance to ease the process of interviewing and testing for schools as well as the transition to college. Admissions consultants can earn a lot of money depending on how experienced they are and how well connected they are!

10. Driverless car Engineer

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Research shows that there will be more driverless cars wandering in the major cities in the next few years. Amongst these are Amsterdam, Toronto, Pittsburgh, London and Singapore. This means that in these areas, there is going to be a demand for engineers and mechanics who can work on these vehicles. The World Economic Forum says that for the development of these cars 46% of consumers want traditional car manufacturers to play a leading role, and 69 percent of them want to see technology players provide their relevant experience. 

11. Chief listening officer

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Chief listening officers haven’t been around for a long time, and that’s why you haven’t heard about this role yet. Their job is to keep up to date with what’s happening on the social channels and get involved in real life conversations with other people to help their company stay informed about what their customers are saying about them. While using the various media platforms, business ambassadors have learnt to work their way to obtain information through software such as PeopleBrowsr that allows them to monitor mentions of companies on social media. This way they manage to ‘listen’ to what their customers are saying from across the globe.

12. User experience designer

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User experience design is used to enhance the user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility and pleasure that’s provided in the interaction between the user and the product. Professionals who specialise in this area are going to be in demand for years to come because companies face strong market competition and for the average customer, these small details are important. To get a job as a UX designer, you need to be fluent in Photoshop and familiar with programming languages like CSS and HTML.

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It seems like new jobs are emerging in a number of industries, and this will help to open positions for younger professionals. These are some of the jobs that you would expect to see on the rise in the future. Would you be interested in any of these? Let me know in the comments section below…