7 21st Century Careers You Should Consider
In five years’ time there’ll be careers that no one has even thought of yet; in ten years’ time the world of work will have changed beyond recognition. The pace at which technology is developing will transform our lives in unimaginable ways. Pretty scary huh. Well maybe, but it’s also pretty exciting.
You know that your working future is going to be one unpredictable road trip. Even if you opt for one of the traditional roles, like being a teacher, there’s no way that job is going to be anything like what it is now, ten years from now. So what’s a girl to do? Make that skillset broad and adaptable and remember, you don’t need to be a weatherwoman to tell which way the wind blows. So with that in mind, let’s start with some old favourites.
Not sexy enough for you? Don’t want to play second fiddle to the dentist? Fair enough, but let’s not be too hasty. That aging population of baby boomers need their gums attended to and there aren’t nearly enough people out there to do it. It’s a less demanding gig than being a dentist, it’s well paid and there’s going to be plenty of work around for some time to come.
Again, this is a real shortage area and again an aging population means that this skill will continue to be in high demand, which means that you can work where you want and expect to be well paid for it.
Think Game of Thrones, think about all those locations and the problems involved in shooting in them. For someone who loves film and who loves travel this is the dream job. It takes luck and dedication to land this one though. There’s no clear route to the role. You could join a production company but that won’t necessarily get you where you want to be. Your best bet is probably to choose a location, learn the language, set up a website and start to make contacts. A popular directory for film and TV is mandy.com, so you might start by registering there.
Professional eSports Gamer
eSports are the fastest growing spectator sport in the world and top gamers make a lot of money. This year there’s a prize pot totalling $63 million and that’s only going to get bigger. The top male earner netted $2,618,120 this year, whilst the top female earner picked up $141,775. That’s quite a pay gap and yet women make up 52% of the gaming population. Time to start beating the boys at their own game.
This is so male dominated it’s ridiculous. As a woman designing games for women you would be worth your weight in gold, literally.
Same territory I know, but these people are the 21st century blacksmiths, everyone, everywhere, wants them. If you’ve the skills, the desire and the courage to work in a male dominated field then the world is your oyster, in fact it’s the whole seafood platter.
Social media influencer
Yes, I am serious, this isn’t just for pretty half-wits, it’s big business and it’s getting bigger. There are agencies like IMA and FameBit for bloggers and vloggers and they are being increasingly used by big business as part of their marketing strategy. There’s no telling if you’d still be doing this in two or three years’ time, but by then you’ll be in a position to jump to the next stone.