Five Jobs Perfect for the Women of Tomorrow
The world of work is now unrecognisable compared to what it was fifty or even ten years ago, and the pace of change seems to be ever-increasing. Our grandmothers could have barely imagined the careers women can now enjoy and succeed in, but what might our daughters and granddaughters be doing in the future?
As technology revolutionises the way we work and as new and exciting sectors emerge and develop, here are just five jobs ideally suited to the women of tomorrow.
Online Image Developers
Just about every aspect of our lives is being moved online, and it’s easy to imagine that in the not-too-distant future there will be greater demand for online image developers or co-ordinators. Companies and individuals alike will want to ensure that the image they portray on social media and other internet platforms is as flattering as possible. Online image developers will help both businesses and private individuals develop their own online ‘brand’ and curate the information we share with the rest of the world.
We know so much more now about genes and genetic predispositions to illness, and we’re always learning more. It’s not too much of a leap to imagine a future in which our genetic make-up affects everything from insurance cover to health decisions and everything in between. Because they tend to be more compassionate and better at making an emotional connection with their patients, women would be ideal genetic counselors, advising people on genetic risk, lifestyle changes and health choices.
There will always be a need for ‘real world’, classroom-based teachers, but in the future there will probably be more demand for online, virtual teachers too. Distance learning is becoming increasingly popular and it makes sense that more education will be carried out online just as other aspects of our lives are going digital. Research has already shown that female voices are more trusted than male voices (there’s a reason Alexa and Siri are female), so women will be ideally suited to the virtual classroom.
While the numbers of women embarking on science and technology careers are still relatively low, girls often outperform boys in the so-called STEM subjects and steps are being taken to encourage them to keep up science, technology, engineering and mathematics to university level and beyond. In the future we may well use robots to carry out the more dangerous and unpleasant tasks of everyday life, but someone needs to build and maintain those robots. If more girls and young women can be encouraged to take up careers in engineering and science, they could be ideally suited to designing and building the labour-saving robots we will demand.
Space Tour Guides
It may sound far-fetched and futuristic, but space tourism is already being touted as the next big thing. Some wealthy individuals have already blasted off for the ultimate holiday in zero-gravity, and as space flight becomes cheaper, it will one day be open to those on a more modest income. When that does happen, the women of tomorrow will certainly make excellent tour guides. As well as enjoying getting to grips with a subject in-depth, women are often perceived as a more reassuring, empathetic and trusted presence, qualities a not-so-frequent flier might want from a space tour guide.