What do you want to be when you grow up? Maybe a “mind miner” who reads a person’s mind to understand how they think. Or maybe a new kind of CSI investigator who profiles a suspect not on their description but on the bugs that live in their gut?
These and other completely new kinds of careers are beginning to emerge from scientific research being done here and abroad. Their discoveries are moving across into practice and the result is job descriptions that never existed before.
The rapid progress of science and technology means that an estimated 60 per cent of the jobs available 10 years from now have not even been invented yet, said Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland.
This also means that students with Stem skills (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will be in “high demand and well paid”, according to Prof Linda Doyle of Trinity College Dublin.
Irish researchers were asked by the science foundation to crystal-ball gaze and predict the careers that might emerge in the coming decade. For further details please click Big Data.