The world is changing more than ever before, everything is being reinvented and science is moving at an incredible pace. The type of jobs you can do with a life sciences or engineering qualification are very different now to what was available 15 years ago, and for students in 5th or 6th year, by the time you finish school, and then finish 3rd level education, the careers open to you will change again. Here are 6 Jobs of the Future that are predicted to come on stream between now and 2025.
1. Body Part Designer
Using 3D bioprinting we can now create complex 3D functional living tissues and organs suitable for transplantation. As a Body Part Designer it will be your job to manipulate this area further for patients or even athletes.
It might sound futuristic but technology like this has already been used for the generation and transplantation of several tissues, including multi-layered skin, bone, vascular grafts, tracheal splints, cartilaginous structures and even heart tissue.
2. Robotics Engineer
The term “cyborg” was originally coined to describe an imaginary organism – part human, part machine. It seemed science fiction, but today around 20,000 people have implants that can unlock doors or pay for their groceries. We’re even developing machinery that replaces the function of our intestines.
Neil Harbisson, who was born with a rare condition and cannot perceive colour, now has an antenna, which allows his to see colour; while recently Saudi Arabia recognised ‘Sophia’, an artificially intelligent (AI) human-like robot, as a full citizen. As a Robotics Engineer it will be your reponsibility to develop and maintain this innovative new sector.
3. Genetic Engineer
Genetic engineering or genetic modification, is the direct manipulation of an organism’s genes using genetics and biotechnology. Basically, Genetic Engineers manipulate DNA to cure diseases or potentially add new traits. This is the foundation of groundbreaking gene therapy for cancer treatment.
Excitingly this career is already saving lives. Two infants in London treated with genetically engineered immune cells from a donor had their cancer vanish and recently scientists have tried first-ever gene editing directly inside a patient’s body in a bid to cure a man of a rare, crippling genetic disorder.
4. Climate Change Reversal Specialist
Global warming and all of its consequences such as rising sea levels, shrinking mountain glaciers, accelerating ice melt, and shifts in flower/plant blooming times are a reality. To combat this trend in the future we will need specialist scientists or Climate Change Reversal Specialists.
5. Genetic Counsellor
Since the human genome was mapped in 2000, people can get their DNA profiled. A genetic counsellor provides a service which uses this mapping to give information on the inheritance of illnesses and their recurrence risks.
A Genetic Counsellor then addresses the concerns of patients, their families, and their health care providers; and supports patients and their families dealing with these illnesses.
6. Haptic Programmer
Haptic refers to anything to do with touch. As a Haptic Programmer it will be your job to develop technology around the science of touch. Possibilities for projects are vast, including gloves that adjust temperature to make your hands feel warm, or museum exhibits that let you feel things behind the glass. Haptic technology can also be used in smartphones, tablets or VR.