Brad Chuck
Brad Chuck 14 May 2019

10 Jobs that Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago Thanks to Technology

Modern technology is evolving at a pace that would outspeed a prime Usain Bolt. The Digital evolution is changing the way our brains think, operate and ultimately act in accordance with what we see and operate daily

Modern technology is evolving at a pace that would outspeed a prime Usain Bolt. The Digital evolution is changing the way our brains think, operate and ultimately act in accordance with what we see and operate daily.

But are we aware of fundamentally essential jobs that are in the mainstream market today that didn’t exist ten years ago? Let us talk through the roles that have been created thanks to the wonders of modern technology - You will be surprised….

1.    App Developer

Incredible to think that the day to day essential applications (APPS) on our mobile devices is not something we have been downloading for 100 years.  App Developers are those who design and code functional programs and applications for mobile platforms, ranging from games, lifestyle, support and dating apps that are now part and parcel of our day to day lives. 

Did you know?  80% of downloaded Apps on mobile phones are deleted in the first 30 seconds as users are still worried about Data Privacy laws, while the average mobile phone carries 18 useable applications at any given time (Pause for you to count your Apps)

2.    Social Media Manager

Those with creative flair and understanding of how engaging multimedia content can be used in marketing have no doubt become the Social Media Managers of today.  But yes, such a position was obsolete and without any need when social channels were starting as consumer only platforms to share with friends.

With the internet attracting 4.2 billion users and sharing 3.4 billion social profiles the need to garner the attention of the consumers has become priority number 1 for many businesses.

3.    Uber Driver

Hailing a taxi from the corner of Piccadilly Circus on a wet and windy Friday night in London seems to be a long and distant memory.  Such has been the speed and rapid growth of the Uber driver it seems strange to think that ten years ago we weren’t booking taxis at the touch of an app button.

Uber is now available in 65 countries and over 600 cities worldwide, generating over 15 million Uber trips each day.

4.    Podcast Producer

Ten years ago, the only pods were those storage units that you use when moving. Today, some can't imagine life without podcasts. They bring in hundreds of millions of users and have evolved from basements to real companies.

The number of weekly podcast listeners has almost doubled in five years – from 3.2m (7% of adults aged 15+) in 2013 to 5.9m (11%) in 2018.  Comedy is the most popular podcast genre, followed by music, TV and film.

5.    Cloud Computing Specialist

As businesses of every size push forward with cloud projects in 2019, the demand for cloud skills is accelerating. Public cloud adoption is expected to climb significantly, and the predicted spending will reach £197 billion in just three years.

The Cloud Computing Specialist, a job role not even imagined ten years ago, can demand up to £100,000 a year in wages if the job requires it – careful consideration for what our children should be studying at school.

6.    Big Data Analyst

A big data analyst is an individual that reviews, analyses and reports on big data stored and maintained by an organisation – something that is alien to roughly 51% of the population of the UK.

But such is the demand to understand data and how it helps a business grow as seen a massive increase in the need for analysts to join big business.  5 Skills required to become a Data guru are widely considered to feature Programming, Data Warehousing, Computational Frameworks, Quantitative Aptitude and Statistics and Business Knowledge – all also considered to be jobs that what had no say in the employment market ten years ago.

7.    Sustainability Manager

Sustainability Managers take control of the development, implementation, promotion and monitoring of environmental strategies within an organisation.  A role now seen as vitally important in the eco-friendly first conscious of a business mind.

However, it's under ten years since business took the threat of sustainability seriously and invested in such a role – thanks in part to the deployment of technology measurement features that have showcased the effects on modern life and the environment that bad sustainability has affected.

8.    YouTube Content Creators

Of course, YouTube has been around since 2005 when three employees of PayPal started sharing videos online, but the need for content creators that effectively gave birth to YouTube Stars is only a recent phenomenon that has escalated beyond control.

With over 1.9b monthly users, YouTube Content Creators are now commanding advertising revenues in the millions per year – meaning more and more wannabe video stars are popping up at a seemingly alarming rate. 

9.    Millennial Generational Experts

Let’s be honest; no one even heard of the team ‘Millennial’ until a few years ago. But now it is the go-to word to describe anyone reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.  Millennials are big news — and with good reason: it is an exclusive club of 1.8bn people, which accounts for about a quarter of the world’s population.

Millennial Generational Experts have popped up to help understand the habits of the youth for a business keen to market and advertise to the growing sector – such is the power of this new breed of the target audience. 

10.    Drone Operators

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard.  Now in the public eye more than ever for positive and negative reasons, the concept of drones has been around for a long time, but the role of drone operators as a full-time profession only a recent trend.

The number of remote pilots needed to fly those commercial drones could reach as a high as 422,000 by 2021.  The FAA also estimates that small, hobbyist drones will more than triple in number to 3.5 million drones by 2021, up from 1.1 million drones in 2016.  And who cannot begrudge Amazon to start delivering packages via drone to your home and office within the next couple of years?

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