The jobs of the future may be closer than they appear. Get your students prepped for these cool jobs of the future, and get them excited about ICT education and the Digital Technologies curriculum!
Exhibit A: An AI chatbot gone haywire.
We’ve all heard the horror stories about modern robotics; there was the Microsoft chatbot that began spouting pro-Nazi sentiments and 9/11 conspiracy theories as a consequence of her machine learning algorithms.
As robotics, machine learning and AI gather speed in our modern world, we’ll need an increasingly large task force of ‘robot psychologists’. These robot psychologists will work to re-program the code behind AI and fix the mistakes of the preceding computer programmers. After all, AI is only as intelligent as the humans that programmed it.
Forget what you know about typical Engineering careers – Blockchain engineers are miners of the digital age, and will likely never pick up a jack hammer or don a hard hat to get the job done.
Blockchain is all about encrypting important information as a neutral third party. Entering a few lines of code into a program running on Blockchain could mean the safe and secure transferral of property ownership, for example, without the hassle of consulting banks and real estate agencies. Blockchain engineers work on the back end of Blockchain technology, maintaining the performance of these programs.
Get your class ready for the jobs of the future with these free coding tools and games from the Australian Computing Academy.
Augmented reality cybersecurity analyst
We all remember Google Glass, right? Imagine wearing augmented reality glasses that have been hacked. You could be tricked into walking into oncoming traffic when hackers modify your field of vision. It’s a bit dramatic, we’ll admit, but cybersecurity opportunities will be cropping up in all sorts of fields.
Did you know? A report from US company Protectwise, ‘Immersive Technologies and the Future of Cybersecurity’ surveyed over 500 high school students on cybersecurity careers. 77% of the cohort agreed that the use of VR or AR in cybersecurity makes them more likely to consider entering the career field.
Data science detectives
Every single day, the world produces approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. Think about your phone, computer or smart watch recording every ‘like’, retweet or download you made today.
Buried within this data is essential trends that pertain to bigger trends among humanity. Data science detectives must trawl through this data to make meaningful links between data and people. For example, the increase in angry reactions to political posts on Facebook could be an early indicator of civil unrest.
Computer vision technician
This role technically falls under the ‘machine learning’ umbrella, but boy does it sound way more exciting. Computer vision technicians work on the technical side of all the fun stuff – things like Snapchat filters, Animoji or facial recognition for companies like Apple. These technicians could be working to teach machines to recognise faces with pattern recognition, or engineering solutions to debug problems.
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.